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It will afford me pleasure to meet a committee, and through them the expense, as per the wishes of Major You, or honor their requisition.
Very truly yours,
W. A. ELFER.
St. Rosa, La., April 11th, 1908. To the Louisiana Historical Society, Through Prof. Alcee Fortier,
New Orleans, La.: GENTLEMEN—Believing it to be a duty incumbent upon the descendants of the You, family in the United States to respect the last resting place of their illustrious dead, I desire to request of your esteemed Society the appointment of a committee to investigate the tomb of Capt. Dominique You, located in the St. Louis Cemetery, and authorize such repairs as necessary to reproduce and maintain the said tomb.
I have arranged through my relative, Mr. William Andre Elfer, of St. Rose, St. Charles Parish, La., to meet the expense incident to the repairs your honorable body may deem essential to maintain its historical presence.
I have the honor in submitting the foregoing to express my highest consideration of the noble and patriotic purposes of your estimable Society, and shall ever remain solicitous that the fruit of your labor shall find the gratitude of posterity.
Very respectfully yours,
ADOLPHE JACKSON YOu'. 432 E. Third St., Los Angeles, Cal.
A committee consisting of Messrs. W. 0. Hart, Wm. Beer and John P. Pemberton was appointed by Pres. Fortier to have the necessary repairs made to the tombs of Dominique You and Etienne Boré.
· MAY 20TH, 1908. The monthly meeting was held in the State Museum. Pres. Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m., and Mr. Chas. G. Gill read the minutes of the previous meeting; these were adopted.
Mr. Hart read a letter from Mrs. Meyer, thanking the Society for the resolutions passed relative to the death of her husband, General Adolph Meyer.
Mr. W. 0. Hart read from the Congressional Record of May 10th, 1908, extracts from the addresses delivered in Congress, being tributes to the memory of the late Representative Meyer.
JUNE 17TH, 1908. The regular monthly meeting of the Society was held on Wednesday, June 17th, 1908, at the State Museum. President Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m. Prof. H. M. Gill acted as Secretary in the absence of Chas. G. Gill, Recording Secretary.
Judge Albert Voohrees, the distinguished Louisianian, was introduced by Pres. Fortier as the speaker of the evening. Ilis subject was entitled, “Reconstruction in Louisiana."
Judge Voohrees' account of radical rule and the events of that period was given in a vigorous and interesting manner. His paper will be valuable as a contribution to the political history of Louisiana.
Col. J. D. Hill and Mr. Lucien Soniat also gave brief accounts of the events of that period.
The Society passed a vote of thanks to Judge Voohrees.
Mr. W. 0. Hart reported that the Committee on Legislation had decided not to memorialize the Legislature to establish a Department of History and Archives.
The Society received an invitation to participate in the ter-centennial celebration of the founding of Quebec.
The Society selected President Fortier as its representative and requested him to attend the celebration.
OCTOBER 21st, 1908.
The regular meeting of the Society was held on Wednesday, October 21st, 1908, in the Historical Room of the State Museum, at 8 p. m. President Fortier called the meeting to order. Secretary Gill announced a quorum present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Committee on Publication reported that the recent publication of the Society was ready for distribution.
Pres. Fortier announced that Mr. H. Gibbes Morgan, Jr., a member of the Society, had donated some valuable historical documents to the Society. The Society passed a vote of thanks for the gift.
Pres. Fortier reported that the City Council had granted to the Society the exclusive use of the Council Chamber in the Cabildo when the Supreme Court moved to the new building.
The Society passed a vote of thanks to the Mayor and Councilmen and members of the committee of the Society who had charge of the matter.
Prof. U. B. Philips sent to the Society an extract from a New Orleans paper, dated May 13th, 1835, giving an account of the efforts made at that time to organize the Historical Society. It reads as follows:
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LOUISIANA.
“On last Saturday many respectable literary gentlemen of this city assembled at the Supreme Court room, for the purpose of organizing a Historical Society of this State. The Hon. Henry Bullard was called to the chair, and J. Burton Harrison, Esq., was appointed secretary to the meeting.
Resolutions were passed establishing the society and defining its objects-researches into the history of this part of North America, under the aborigines, the Spaniards and the French. A committee was also appointed, consisting of Ilonorables Alexander Porter and Henry Bullard, and Mr. J. B. Harrison, with instructions to report a project of a constitution for the society, to be presented to an annual meeting convened for the second Monday of January next, when it is intended to complete the organization of the institution. The secretary was directed to correspond with literary gentlemen in different parts of the State; the members engaged themselves to commence immediately an investigation of such subjects within the scope of the society as they can compass during the summer; and Judge Bullard was requested to prepare and deliver a discourse at the first annual meeting.
It is evident that the objects of this society are of the most laudable nature; and it is consolatory to learn that the most intelligent of our citizens are, or will be, members. The literature of Louisiana has been too long and supinely neglected; but under auspices like those of this society, we have reason to hope that that stigma will be effaced. Most of the Eastern States have their own historical societies, which have elucidated in a material degree and authentic manner the annals of their respective localities and predecessors; and many of their works are deposited in the archives of the national or Congressional library. The memoirs of the Historical Society of Massachusetts are favorably known to all literary gentlemen; so are those of New York, Pennsylvania and other States; shall not those of Louisiana be similarly entitled to public estimation under the supervision of such gentlemen as Judges Porter and Bullard, and the contribution of the literati of the State?”
President Fortier, who represented the Society at the tercentennial celebration of the founding of Quebec, gave a full report of the celebration.
President Fortier called the attention of the Society to the fact that the one hundredth year, 1912, since the admission of Louisiana as a State of the Union, was approaching, and should be observed with a fitting celebration. He suggested that the Society take up the matter with the Legislature of 1910.
NOVEMBER 18TH, 1908. The regular monthly meeting of the Society was held in the State Museum on Wednesday, November 18th, 1908, at 8 p. m.
First Vice-President Chas. T. Soniat called the meeting to order. Secretary Gill announced that a quorum was present. Mr. Soniat then stated that President Fortier was in ('incinnati delivering a course of lectures at the University of ('incinnati, and sent his regrets at not being able to be present.
Mr. Thos. W. Robertson was elected a member, on motion of Mr. Wm. Beer.
Mr. Wm. Beer read an interesting paper on “Gov. Ulloa.” A vote of thanks was passed by the Society to Mr. Beer.
Mr. Wm. Beer advised the necessity of procuring copies of maps and plans from European libraries, and suggested small negatives be obtained and brought here to be enlarged.
Mr. Wm. Beer called attention to the fact that tablets and headstones in the old cemeteries were fast disappearing, and moved that a committee be appointed to have lists made of the names on tombs previous to 1820.
Mr. Soniat appointed as a committee for this purpose Messrs. Wm. Beer, V. B. Philips and J. P. Pemberton, and the committee was authorized to expend twenty-five dollars.
Mr. Soniat read a very interesting paper on "The History of Audubon Park.” The paper had been prepared at the request of several members of the Society. Mr. Soniat promised to give the paper to the Society for publication.
DECEMBER 16T1, 1908. The regular monthly meeting of the Society was held on Wednesday, December 16th, in the State Museum. President Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m., and Secretary Gill announced a quorum present.