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gered in England, Scott gave testimony in an accusation of
treason against Samuel Pepys. Pepys' head did not fall ; and
in consequence of the unfounded charge, Scott's public career
closed in disgrace.

That restoration of a ruined fame, traced rather ironically by
the author, was achieved when certain writings of Scott's were
cited by expert jurists and historians in the Venezuela contro-
versy and a little later historical writers began to admit his
credibility. But, however much or little credit may yet be
attached to his literary remains, if he purposely did anything


good in his lifetime, it is interred with his bones so securely that
the keen search of his biographer fails to unearth it.

An excellent sketch of political conditions in England and in
the colonies affected by Scott's enterprises supplies the back-
ground against which is shown in this biography the motley pat-
tern of a remarkable life.

A diligent use of authorities is attested by three pages of notes,
though one finds no mention of the town records of Hempstead,
Oyster Bay, Brookhaven, Jamaica, Easthampton, Southold and
Huntington, or of the General Entries, in all of which Scott
figures to some extent. The absence of references in the text to
footnotes in the back is an inconvenience.

Richard E. Day.

A History of the S05th Infantry. By Captain Frank
TiEBOUT. (New York: The 305th Infantry Auxiliary, 189
Madison Avenue. 1919. Pp. 432. Illustrations and maps.)

The 305th Infantry was largely made up of men drawn from
the State of New York. It was a part of the 77th Division,
which, according to oflficial records, advanced more kilometers in
actual combat than any of the other American divisions which
went abroad.

In this volume Captain Tiebout traces the history of the 305th
from the time it went into camp until it was demobilized. The
history is traced in the lighter vein and describes the crossing
of the Atlantic, the training in Flanders and Lorraine, the defen-
sive on the Vesle, the advance to the Aisne, the Aigonne, the
Meuse. This account is supplemented by a scientific report of
the operations, the honor roll, decorations and citations, and the
regimental rosters.

Captain Tiebout has rendered a very valuable service in pre-
.senting this history to the public. It serves not only as a volume
for each member of the unit to have in his possession to recall
the days of his service, but it is also useful in handing down
the history of the accomplishments of the 305th by one of its

It is profusely illustrated, the photographs of practically all
of the members of the unit are given, and there is not lacking


an account of that humorous side of a soldier's life which made
existence endurable. The 305th in publishing this history has
set an example which all other units in the Army ought to
emulate, and which few, if any, will ever excel.

J. S.

History of Company E. SOSd Engineers of the 18th Division.
By Sergeant Joseph P. Roth and Corporal Robert L.
Wheeler. (Rochester: Joseph P. Smith Printing Company.
1919. Pp. 224. Illustrations.)

This is a very readable account of the doings of Company E,
303d Engineers, which was largely made up of New York men.
It is by no means so pretentious as the preceding volume here
mentioned, but the unit covered is very much smaller. It, like
the history of the 305th, covers the services of the company from
the time they started in training to their return home. This
company, after crossing the water, first went to Rest Camp No.
6, then to the British and American sectors, and subsequently to
St. Mihiel, to the Meuse-Argonne, and lastly it was located at
Les Laumes.

This volume, like the preceding work, impresses the reader
with the fact that the soldier likes to keep the humorous side
of war to the fore. People at home are seemingly impressed with
the eternal seriousness of war whereas the soldier in action has
to keep its comic side uppermost. So, even in his work he is
always inclined to see the droll side. Back of it all, however,
one has the connotation of the daily humdrum and dangerous
side of fighting.

The text is illustrated with drawings of humorous kind and is
followed with an account of the wounded in action and a list of
the officers and men.

J. S.


Mantes Hustin t>ol^cn

It (1) is doubtful if any other member of our Association has
rendered as extensive, varied and vahiable service to it as did
Mr. Holden. He was one of the charter members, and was its
treasurer from its organization to his death. He was always
present at meetings of the association, of the trustees, and of
committees of which he was a member. He wrote several
addresses and many monographs which have appeared in our pro-
ceedings. His study of the burial place of Lord Howe was
exhaustive and valuable. He wrote many sketches of local points
of historical interest, among the number being " Bloody Pond "
and " Half Way Brook." Very much matter of local historical
value and interest has been preserved through his efforts that
would otherwise probably have been lost.

As treasurer of the New York State Historical Association,
one of its trustees, and for many years a member of its program
committee he carried on an extensive correspondence on matters
of historical interest, and arranged for and secured a large list of
valuable exchanges.

A large part of the work of Mr. Holden that was of very great
value to our Association was done very quietly and was known
to only a very small number of our members, and for that matter
to only a few of our trustees. It is not too much to say that our
Association, which began its work in a very humble way, owes
its present excellent standing ver>' largely to Mr. Holden, and
we cannot pay too great a tribute to his memory.

It was characteristic that Mr. Holden should have rendered
so great service in such an unobtrusive manner.

For some half dozen years he was State Historian, and again
in a characteristic manner rendered very valuable service, doing

1 Read at the Rochester meeting. A more detailed biographical sketch

lav he found in Who's Who.



his work quietly and without the seeking of praise and publicity
that so mars the work of many men.

It will not, I think, be out of place to say that in his own town
he rendered the same quiet service in many ways that he ren-
dered our Association in historical matters. He was a graduate
of Williams College and had had a training that fitted him to do
many things well. He was one of the original trustees of the
Crandall Public Library, whose interests he served long and well.
He was for many years a member of the Board of Education at
Glens Falls, and for a number of years its President. He was
one of the original members of the board of trustees of the Old
Ladies' Home, and for many years its treasurer.

Whenever there was any local interest to serve, for which
some one must labor without compensation, Mr. Holden was
usually drafted for the work, and responded without protest.

He not only rendered great service as already told, but he
was a member of the Committee of Public Safety, created when
Glens Falls became a city, and as such, was largely instrumental
in making the fire department one of the most efficient in the
State. He was a very active member of the Episcopal church
and one of the most active Masons in his part of the State, hold-
mg many official positions in the order.

This shows the kind of a man we have lost ; well educated,
able, faithful, efficient, unobstrusive and self-sacrificing; a type
of man of which we have altogether too few representatives.

Sherman Williams.

(Brenville /iDellen Unaalsbc

President Alexander has asked me to present at this meet-
ing (1), a brief memorial of our late friend and associate,
Grenville Mellen Ingalsbe.

My only regret is that one has not been chosen who could more
worthily express a fitting tribute.

An extended notice will not be necessary at this time for the
reason that a complete biography of the Judge was prepared in

1 Read at the Rochester meeting.


1915 by James A. Holden and can be found in Volume 14 of the
proceeding-s of our Association, but a brief summary of his life
is as follows :

He was born at Hartford, N. Y., July 26, 1846. His father,
Milo Ingalsbe, and his mother, Laura Cook Chapin, were both
from sturdy New England ancestors who were prominent in the
pages of the early history of our country, Ebenezer Ingalsbe
was with Sir William Johnson and General Lyman at Lake
George, with Amherst and Wolfe at Louisburg- and at the break-
ing out of the Revolutionary War was one of the " Minute Men "
of the Lexington Alarm. An ancestor of the Judge's mother was
Deacon Chapin, the founder of Springfield, Mass., whose statue
as the typical Puritan was erected in that city several years since.

Tlie Judge inherited a great desire for knowledge. He was
educated at the Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, Union College,
class of 1868, and Harvard Law School, class of 1872. It is
stated that in college he stood first in every class and at the Law
School he was graduated with honors. In 1874 he was admitted
to the Bar and opened his own ofhce in Sandy Hill in 1875,
where he had already lived several years as a law student. He
continued to reside in Sandy Hill, now Hudson Falls, until his
death. April 21, 1918.

The Judge in his line of duty filled most of the local political
offices, Justice of the Peace, Town Supervisor and County Sur-
rogate, and everything he did was done thoroughly and con-
scientiously. Even his political opponents admitted that he made
a model official. As he, like his father, was interested in agri-
culture, he served for several years as Secretary of the Washing-
ton County Agricultural Society, where he introduced many new
ideas and improvements. He was a member of the Executive
Committee of the New York State Bar Association since 1893,
during which time he had been three years its Chairman. He
was also a member of many other societies and associations.

In his chosen profession he specialized largely in that branch
of the law dealing with corporations and this naturally led to an
interest in many of the businesses with which he was legally con-
nected. At the time of his death he was President of the Sandy
Hill National Bank, Secretary of the Imperial Wall Paper Co..
and director and stockholder in several other local enterprises.


It was faithful attention to details and willingness to work that
was the key-note of the Judge's success. He never spared him-
self. If rest and refreshments interfered with the business
which he had set out to accomplish, it was the lunch which was
neglected, not the business. It is quite natural that such Spartan
principles and rugged determination should also have stormy as
well as sunshiny times and it is a fact that on occasions his
wrath would pour forth like a volcano, burning everything in its
path, but fortunately this was the exception, and in the main the
Judge was a just, lovable and tender-hearted man.

September 20, 1876, he married Franc E. Groesbeck, the step-
daughter of Amasa Rowland, a prominent paper manufacturer
")f Sandy Hill. She was also a deep student and shared with
the Judge his love of history and literature. The members of
the Association will remember that she always accompanied the
Judge to the annual meetings.

Their only child, Grenville Howland Ingalsbe, was born in
1878. graduated at Harvard in 1902, and died in 1910. His
death fairly crushed the Judge, who had built all of his life's
interests and hopes round his son.

July 21, 1916, Mrs. Ingalsbe passed away and the Judge at
three score years and ten was left desolate and alone with no near

Probably the greatest honor of the Judge's life was the con-
ferring in June, 1917, by Union College, of a well earned L.H'.D.,
but at the moment of triumph and while the applause of friends
and admirers and the congratulations of ex-President Taft, who
had just received a LL.D., were still ringing in his ears, he
turned away from the platform with an overpowering feeling of
sadness and grief that his good wife could not have been alive
to share the honors bestowed upon him.

We all know his devotion to the New York State Historical
Association. He was one of the original incorporators and a
trustee from its foundation ; for many years its Vice-President
and in 1913 and 1914 the President of the Association. His
addresses at the annual meetings at which he presided were
masterpieces. He was from the first a member of the program
committee and from the beginning of the Association to the day
of his death was never failing in his interest in the Association,

A drawing of AngoulCme (New York harbor) and the Porto del Refugio
(Newport harbor) based on Freni.'h maps of the time that Rannisio pubHshed
his Xai'igatwui et I'ioQoi, 1556. Block island, named in the \'errazano letter
(1524) " /iloysia," and in his brother's map (1529) and in the map of Maiollo
(1527) "Ltn'sa," has here been changed into "Buiso,"or perhaps "Brisa" —
evidently a corruption.

French ships in the sixteenth century. It was in a ship such as these
that Verrazano came to New York harbor in 1524.

(Botli of tlie above cuts arc taken from Kamusio)


I doubt if there was ever a meeting of the Association, or even
a committee meeting of the Association, where the Judge was
not in attendance. Probably no other one man has had more to
do with shaping the destiny of the Association than the Judge.
Our Association has lost a wise and devoted counsellor.

Frederick B. Richards.

BrigaMer General dbarles X. H)ax>i0

Since the last meeting of the New York State Historical
Association at Rochester, news has come of the death of
Brigadier General Charles L. Davis, long a member of the Asso-
ciation and for many years a member of the Board of Trustees.
A more extended notice of him will appear in a later issue.


John Sterns Minard, who died in FiHrnore, N. Y., January 27,
1920, had long been known as the historian of Allegany County.
In early life he was a surveyor, but in his last years he was
totally blind and he ended his days in the Allegany County Home.
He was a man of considerable culture and a ready and pleasing
speaker, and the list of his contributions to local history is a long
one. It includes a series of sketches, first published in a news-
paper, later republished under the title, " Hume Pioneer
Sketches." In 1893 he edited and published " The Life and
Times of Major Moses Van Campen," the original edition of
which is one of the scarce and sought for narratives of the
pioneer days in Western New York. In 1896 he published the
" History of Allegany County." He served as Justice of the
Peace and supervisor of his town, he was President of the Alle-
gany Historical Society and it was largely through his efforts
that the Allegany County Centennial celebration was held. He
was a member of the Buffalo Historical Society for more than
forty years and Corresponding or Honorary member of many
other historical organizations.

J. C. Pumpelly, one of the founders of the Huguenot Society of
America, died at Summit, N. J., January 5, 1920. He was born
in Oswego eighty years ago. For eight years he was historian
of the Empire State Society of the S. A. R. He was the author
of " Our French AUies and Other Addresses " (1889).

Mr. Frank S. Wood, Vice-President of the Holland Purchase
Historical Society, who died in the early part of February, 1920.
had been particularly active in connection with the collection of
the historical relics at the Land Office at Batavia. Mr. William
H. Coon was elected to take his place.


The Cornplanter medal, given every year to a benefactor of
the Indians of this section, Monday night was officially presented
to Mrs. Frederick Ferris Thompson of Canandaigua by the



Cayuga County Historical Society. The presentation was made
by Dr. John M. Clark, director of the State Museum, Albany.
Mrs. Thompson was unable to be present. The exercises were
held in the home of Dr. Allen Macy Dulles, 67 South Street.
Dr. Dulles, as president of the historical society, made the
presentation speech. Speaking of the " Voice of the Iroquois."
Dr. Clark told of the value of Mrs. Thompson's contributions to
Iroquois history and culture. The prominent Canandaigua
woman has given to the State Museum six Iroquois ethnological
groups, full life size, valued at $60,000, and has placed a monu-
ment at Rath Park, Canandaigua Lake, to commemorate the
memory of the Seneca Indians found buried there during excava-
tions. Mrs. Thompson also presented Squaw Island to the State,
and erected a monument there for the women who perished
during Sullivan's raids. She has shown a continued interest in
the welfare of the Indians.

Mr. George Fenton, who has been librarian of the Oneida
County Historical Society for many years, has resigned.

At a pageant given at Washington on February 12, 1920, Mrs.
Charles S. Hamlin, formerly Miss Pruyn of Albany, staged
several scenes depicting the history of the Dutch of New


Charles N. Waldron of the history department at Union Col-
lege recently called a meeting of students interested in the forma-
tion of a history club. Dean Ripton addressed the meeting.

At the meeting of the Morgan Chapter of the New York State
.Archaeological Association in December, 1919, Dr. F. H.
Severance addressed the society on " Western New York Under
the French."

At the December meeting of the Huntington Historical Societv
Mrs. J. H. Willets read a paper on the " History and Develop-
ment of Architecture With Special Reference to Long Island
Houses." At the same time many new accessions to the museum
collection were announced.


At the meeting of the Wyoming County Historical Society,
December 11, 1919, a report was given on "Old Wright's Cor-
ners Cemetery."

The Dutchess County Historical Society has started the year
1920 with the slogan : " Discover, Procure and Preserve What-
ever May Relate to the History of the County."

Mrs. C. C. Darby and Mr. F. E. Whitmore of Cortland are
urging through the newspaper press the establishment of a Cort-
land County historical society.

The Monticello Republican has been taking up editorially the
need of a historical society in Sullivan County.

New Rochelle's historical society, called the Huguenot Asso-
ciation, has issued a printed document showing what it has
accomplished, and what it has in the way of original documents
and relics in its possession that deserve a fire-proof building to
protect them.

At the January meeting of the Huntington Historical Society
Mrs, Irving Sammis read a paper on "An Inventory of Our
Town Records and the Development of Our Township

At the meeting of the New York Historical Society January 6,
1920, its former officers were re-elected by a large majority in
spite of an opposition ticket which was in the field.

At the January 7, 1920, meeting of the Arcadia Historical
Society at Newark, sketches of the oldest inhabitants in the
town were read.

At the January 8, 1920, meeting of the Rochester Historical
Society Professor A. C. Flick, of Syracuse, delivered an address
on the " Tories of Western New York."

At an election held January 9, 1920, Dr. John M. Clarke,
Director of the State Museum, was chosen president of the
Albany Institute and Historical and Art Society. Mrs. J, T.


Lansing and Senator Henry M. Sage were chosen directors.
Under Dr. Clarke's presidency very attractive programs of inter-
esting lectures and exhibitions have been made.

At a meeting of the Oneida Historical Society, January 12,
1920, Justice C. J. DeAngelis was chosen president.

At the meeting of the American Scenic and Historic Preserva-
tion Society, January 13, 1920, Mrs. John Boyd Thatcher was
elected a trustee. Dr. E. H. Hall spoke on the Pilgrim

A meeting of the New Rochelle History Qub was held Janu-
ary 19, 1920. John Holden read a paper on " The Financial
Genius of Alexander Hamilton " and Rev. Harry Beattys on
■' The Later Years of Washington and Paine's Attack Upon

At the January 21, 1920, meeting of the Madison County His-
torical Society, Robert J. Fish was elected president and Miss
Ada Rockwell corresponding secretary.

The Albion Historical Club held its meeting January 26, 1920.
Papers were read on " What Remains of the Turkish Empire "
and " Great Britain's Policy in India."

At the January 27, 1920, meeting of the Kings County His-
torical Society an illustrated lecture on "A Trip Around Old
Brooklyn and New York " was given by Dr. Ralph I. Lloyd.

The Thomas Paine National Historical Association held its
meeting in New York City January 29, 1920. Charles IngersoU
read a paper on " Thomas Paine the Prophet of the Single Tax " ;
David S. Muzzey one on " The Ethical Value of Paine's Political
and Religious Works " ; and Henry Collins Brown one on
■' Thomas Paine's New York and Ours.''

The Albion Historical Club met February 2, 1920. Professor
Carmer read a paper on the " Influences of War on Education "
and Captain Lattin gave a talk on his experiences in France and


The Dutchess County Historical Society met February 5, 1920.
Professor James F. Baldwin of Vassar College made some sug-
gestions for preparing memoranda for the use of the society and
was appointed chairman of a committee to prepare his recom-
mendations for future use. George H. Sherman read a paper
on " Towns and Villages of Dutchess County " and George R.
Bishop spoke informally on the preservation of old mile stones
on the Dutchess County turnpikes.

The Historical Club at Albion met on February 9, 1920. A
paper by Mrs. W. C. Ramsdale on " New Poland and the Poles "
was read.

The Minisink Valley Historical Society held its annual dinner
on February 23, 1920. An address was given by Dr. James
Sullivan, State Historian, on " Why We Revere Washington."

The William Floyd Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution at
Troy at its meeting on February 23, 1920, received a document
appointing Albert Pawling mayor of Troy in 1817, signed by
Daniel D. Tompkins, then Governor. It is to be framed and
exhibited in the Public Library. Bunker Hill day, June 17th, is
to be celebrated by a trip to the Bennington battlefield near
Walloomsac. Prizes are to be offered to school children for
essays on the Revolution.

The Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the D. A. R. had its meet-
ing on February 24, 1920, to celebrate Washington's birthday.
Dr. James Sullivan, State Historian, addressed the meeting on
" Problems of the Alien in Washington's Time and Our Own."

At the meeting of the Huntington Historical Society on Febru-
ary 24, 1920, Mrs. Z. J. Carll read a paper on the " History of
the Town Government." It is being published in the Huntington

At the meeting of the Middletown Historical Club on March 1,
1920, Mrs. Schwartz presented a paper on " The Life of Christo-
pher Columbus."


At the meeting of the Rochester Historical Society on March
11, 1920. Professor Paul D. Evans of Syracuse addressed the
members on " Recent Information Relating- to the Holland Land
Purchase." At the same meeting the society appointed a com-
mittee to work with other Rochester agencies on Americanization.
At the meeting on February 12, 1920, Dr. James Sullivan. State
Historian, spoke on " Lincoln's Message to the Present

The Madison County Historical Society held a meeting on
March 17, 1920. A paper was read on " Oneida Castle and Its
Indian Traditions."

A meeting under the auspices of the Nassau County Historical
and Genealogical Society was held Tuesday evening, March 23,
1920, at eight o'clock in the Presbyterian Church House. Dr.
James Sullivan, Historian of the State of New York, gave an
address upon " The Importance of Long Island in New York
State History."


Writings on American History, 1917, a bibliography compiled
by Grace Gardner Griffin, has just appeared from the Yale
University Press at New Haven. It contains many titles refer-
ring to New York.

The New York State Library in Bibliography Bulletin 65 has
an interesting list of Books Relating to New York State, useful

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