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President Fortier read some interesting extracts from the unpublished letters of Gov. Miro.
Prof. Pierce Butler was authorized to expend such amount as he deemed necessary to advertise the last number of the Society publications in the American Historical Review.
Mr. Chas. G. Gill gave notice in writing of a proposed amendment to Article II of the Constitution, by adding Section 3, to read as follows:
Section 3. Meetings of the Society shall be held on the 8th of January, as provided in Section 2, and on the third Wednesday of February, March, April, November and December. Special meetings shall be called by the President at the request of the Executive Committee or five members.
The Society then adjourned to attend the public meeting in Washington Artillery Hall in honor of the Rev. Gordon Bakewell.
JANUARY 8TH, 1909. The annual meeting of the Society was held on January 8th, 1909, in the State Museum, 730 Carondelet street. President Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m., and Secretary Gill announced a quorum present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.
In accordance with the Constitution, the Society elected the following officers: Alcée Fortier, President; Chas. T. Soniat, First Vice-President; Gaspar Cusachs, Second Vice-President; A. T. Prescott, Third Vice-President; W. 0. Hart, Treasurer; Pierce Butler, Corresponding Secretary ; Chas. G. Gill, Recording Secretary
The report of W. 0. Hart, Treasurer, showed a balance of $375.82.
The Society received a letter from Hon. Henry Vignaud, calling the attention of the Society to a book recently issued, “Inventaire Sommaire de la Correspondence Générale de la Louisiane, 1678-1819, par MM. P. Nicolas and O. Wirth.” President Fortier was authorized to purchase the book.
The following letter of invitation was received:
FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION OF SCIENCE, ARTS AND INDUSTRIES.
Administration Offices, Macfarlane Road Entrance, Shepherd's
DECEMBER 9TH, 1908. DEAR SIR—I beg to notify you of a great exhibition to be held in London this summer, to be known as “The Imperial International Exhibition, London, 1909." It will be held under similar patronage to the successful Franco-British Exhibition, which has just terminated, and will take place on the same site, which, in response to public opinion, has been preserved intact with its beautiful buildings and picturesque grounds, which has become popularly known as “The Great White City.”
It is felt that no movement is more fitting for the extension of existing relations between nations and assisting in the preservation of universal peace than the holding of a great international exhibition in the world's largest city.
I shall be glad if you will kindly assist in making this fact known in the various journals of your country and through your numerous commercial associations. Should it be possible for you to favor us with the names of any individuals or bodies to whom it would be advisable to communicate with in furtherance of this object, we shall be extremely obliged.
If you will honor the Exhibition by associating yourself with it in some way it will be fully appreciated.
I am, yours faithfully,
CHARLES I. Kiralfy. The President, Louisiana Historical Society.
Hon. H. Garland Dupré read the paper of the evening on “Andrew Jackson as a Lawyer.” The Society thanked Mr. Dupré for his interesting paper.
Mr. Chas. G. Gill introduced his resolution, proposed at the previous meeting, relative to the meetings of the Society. The amendment was duly seconded and carried.
FEBRUARY 17TH, 1909. The regular monthly meeting of the Louisiana Historical Society was held in the State Museum, No. 730 Carondelet street, New Orleans, on February 17th, 1909. President Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m., with a quorum present. Secretary Gill read the minutes of the previous meeting; these were approved.
President Fortier announced the appointment of the following committees :
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE—The officers.
WORK AND ARCHIVES COMMITTEE — Prof. Alcée Fortier, Chairman ; Prof. H. M. Gill, Judge Henry Renshaw, Mr. H. Gibbes Morgan, Jr., Mr. Chas. T. Soniat and Mr. T. P. Thompson.
FINANCE COMMITTEE-Mr. John F. Couret, Mr. McC. Hyman and Mr. Walter Stern.
MEMBERSHIP ("OMMITTEE—Hon. H. Garland Dupré, Col. J. D. Hill, Mrs. D. A. S. Vaught.
Mr. T. P. Thompson introduced a resolution that the Society request Mayor Behrman to have the death mask of Napoleon placed in the custody of the State Museum. This resolution was duly seconded and carried.
Miss Katherine Bres and Mr. Harry F. Vories were elected members of the Society.
Prof. Butler made a motion, which was duly seconded and carried, that a committee of three be appointed to devise some plan to assist in the publication of the manuscript of the late Prof. J. R. Ficklen on “Reconstruction.” President Fortier stated that he would announce the committee at the next meeting.
Dr. Alexander Franz, a professor in one of the schools of Germany, read a paper on “The History of the Mississippi Valley.” Dr Franz stated that he was visiting the United States to gather material to complete his work on “The History of the Mississippi Valley.”
The Society passed a vote of thanks to Dr. Franz.
March 17TH, 1909. The regular monthly meeting of the Society was held on Wednesday, March 17th, 1909, in the State Museum, No. 730 Carondelet street. President Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m., and Secretary Gill announced a quorum present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.
President Fortier stated that Mr. Peter J. Hamilton, a distinguished lawyer and author, residing at Mobile, Ala., would read a paper on “The Colonial History of Mobile,” at the meeting of the Society on April 21st, 1909; and Hon. Dunbar Rowland, head of the Department of Archives and History of Mississippi, would address the Society at its meeting in May, 1909, on the advisability of such a department being established in Louisiana.
Mr. E. E. Moise of New Orleans and Miss Mary C. Walker of Baldwin, La., were elected members of the Society.
President Fortier delivered a lecture on “Napoleon at St. Helena and His Death Masks.” He also read extracts from the work of Lord Roseberry on Napoleon, and other authorities. At the conclusion he showed that the death mask now placed in the State Museum was one of the first made from the original plaster cast taken at St. Helena, and was, therefore, of great value. He read a letter from Baron Pontalba of Paris, relative to the historic value of the mask now in the Museum. This letter was sent to the Society by Mr. J. W. Cruzat, one of the most earnest members and workers, and to whom the letter had been written.
The Society passed a resolution thanking Baron Pontalba and Mr. Cruzat.
President Fortier officially called attention to the recent death of Judge Howe, formerly president of the Society, and of Mr. Lucien Soniat, one of the most active and zealous members.
On motion of Mr. Grima, seconded by Mr. Gill, the President was authorized to appoint committees to draw up appropriate resolutions.
The following report by Prof. U. B. Phillips was read:
NEW ORLEANS, March 17th, 1909. Dr. Alcee Fortier, President Louisiana Historical Society :
MY DEAR DR. FORTIER—As chairman of the committee on transcribing the St. Louis Cemetery inscriptions prior to 1820, I beg to report as follows:
The committee engaged Mr. E. E. Moise to do the work, for the consideration of twenty-five dollars. Mr. Moise has presented his work in neat typewritten form, with an extra carbon copy not stipulated for in his contract. A few minor changes remaining to be made in the copies will be done promptly by Mr. Moise.
I recommend that the Society's Treasurer be instructed to settle Mr. Moise's account, and that upon the filing of the perfected copies with the President, the committee be discharged.
APRIL 21st, 1909. The regular monthly meeting of the Society was held on Wednesday, April 21st, 1909, at the State Museum, No. 730 Carondelet street. President Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m., and Secretary Gill announced a quorum pres