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to be commanding officer of the famous Battalion, Washington Artillery.
It was said truly, when he departed this life, that he had no enemies. When suddenly summoned to surrender existence, he was in the enjoyment of spotless reputation, the best treasure mortal times afford. It will always be remembered by those who were present at the memorial exercises held at the opening session of the Supreme Court for the term beginning November 4th, 1909, that it was Justice Nicholls, the first man of his generation in public life in the State of Louisiana, who, from his seat on the bench, not only pronounced his eulogy, but declared, with brimming eyes, and in affecting terms, that he considered the opportunity to speak on this occasion a sacred privilege.
It was appropriately observed, on the part of the members of the Bar, in attendance in large numbers, that praise like that Shakespeare puts into the mouth of Oliver, regarding his brother Orlando, in the beautiful play of "As You Like It," could be appropriately adapted to the case of Mr. Hyman: “He was gentle; if never schoold (in the sense of the technical instruction which belongs to modern education) yet learned ; full of noble devices; of all sorts enchantingly beloved.”
JAMES D. Hill, Chairman.
DECEMBER 21ST, 1909. The regular meeting of the Society was held on Wednesday, December 21st, 1909, at 8 p. m., in the State Museum, 730 ('arondelet street.
President Fortier called the meeting to order. Mr. Henry M. Gill, acting as Secretary in the absence of Mr. Charles G. Gill, read the minutes of the previous meeting.
Mr. Fortier announced that a committee had been appointed several months ago to repair the tomb of Charles Gavarré. This action was taken as a mark of respect to that distinguished scholar and as a recognition of his services as a President of the Society. Mrs. Gayarré, however, preferred to take charge of the tomb, and the committee was discharged.
Mr. Hart announced that the Henry Clay committees of the Louisiana Historical Society and the Kentucky Society of Louisiana would, on the 12th day of April, at some point near the statue of Clay, conduct exercises in honor of that statesman. He read a letter from Judge W. H. Hunt, whose father was orator at the unveiling of Clay's statue in New Orleans, Judge Hunt hoped to be able to speak at the coming celebration. The Society proposes to correct the date inscribed on the statue.
The comunittee appointed to co-operate with the Daughters of the Confederacy reported upon their work and called upon the members of the Historical Society to aid in the preparation of a program for the annual celebration of Louisiana Day in the public schools.
The committee reported the program for the year.
Mr. Thompson reported that the Committee of Twenty-five favored an exposition in New Orleans, and that he had urged that the date should be fixed for 1917-1918, and thus celebrate at one time the completion of the Panama Canal and the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of New Orleans.
On motion of Mr. Hart, the President was instructed to appoint a committee of five, that should provide the ways and means and present a plan for the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Louisiana's admission into the Union.
DECEMBER 20TH, 1909.
Mr. J. J. Rochester read the paper of the evening, “Old Time Steamboating on the Mississippi River.”
Interesting reminiscences of steamboat travel in the 50s and 60s were given by Generals Levert and Booth, and by Mr. Dubble and Mr. Dymond. Mr. Thompson showed several books relating to steamboats on the Mississippi.
Mr. Hart presented a letter from a gentleman in Oklahoma, offering to send to New Orleans, for a sufficient compensation, a flag that had been carried in the battle of New Orleans, and a medal won for bravery in that engagement by an Indian chief. The letter was referred to Mr. Thompson for investigation.
Mr. Hart presented to the Society a copy of the addresses delivered in Congress in memory of General Adolph Meyer. This copy had been sent to him by Mr. S. L. Gilmore.
The paper for the meeting of January 8th will be read by Mrs. S. B. Elder.
JANUARY 8TH, 1910. The annual meeting of the Society was held on January 8th, 1910, in the State Museum, New Orleans, La. President Alcée Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m., and Secretary Gill announced a quorum present. The minutes of the preceding meeting were read and adopted.
Prof. Pierce Butler, Corresponding Secretary, reported that arrangements would soon be made to publish the valuable historical work of the late Prof. J. R. Ficklen, on “Reconstruction in the South.”
Mr. Charles T. Soniat stated to the members that the Society would be able to hold its meetings in the Cabildo next fall.
President Fortier appointed the committee on the Louisiana ('entennial: Messrs. H. Garland Dupré, Chairman; W. 0. Hart, T. P. Thompson, Chas. T. Soniat, Martin Behrman and Prof. A. T. Prescott and Mr. John Dymond, Sr.
Mr. W. 0. Hart announced that Mr. Theo Grunewald had presented to him, for the Society, the box and contents found in the corner stone of the old Mechanics’ Institute.
The Daughters of '76 and 1812 (New Orleans Chapter), who had been invited to the meeting, presented the Society with a handsome bouquet of flowers, and the Society voted them thanks for the gift.
Prof. Alcée Fortier read to the Society the paper on “Jackson and the 8th of January," prepared for the meeting by Mrs. S. B. Elder, and stated that Mrs. Elder was unable to be present, due to sickness.
The Society passed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Elder for her interesting paper.
Mr. H. Gibbes Morgan, Jr., read to the Society an interesting letter from Andrew Jackson to a Dr. Harmon, a physician in the American army.
The annual election of officers for the ensuing year was held, and the following were elected: Alcée Fortier, President; Charles T. Soniat, First Vice President ; Gaspar Cusachs, Second Vice-President; Arthur T. Prescott, Third Vice-President; W. (). Hart, Treasurer, Pierce Butler, Corresponding Secretary and Librarian, Charles G. Gill, Recording Secretary.
FEBRUARY 16TH, 1910. The regular monthly meeting of the Society was held in the State Museum on Wednesday, February 16th, 1910. President Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m., and Secretary Chas. G. Gill announced a quorum present. The minutes of January 8th meeting were read and adopted.
President Fortier appointed the following committees for the ensuing year:
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE—The officers.
COMMITTEE ON WORK AND ARCHIVES—Prof. Henry M. Gill, Mr. H. Gibbes Morgan, Jr., Judge Henry Renshaw, Mr. Chas. T. Soniat, Mr. T. P. Thompson ; Alcée Fortier, Chairman.
FINANCE COMMITTEE — Messrs. John T. Couret, Walter Stern, F. E. Bernard.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE-11. Garland Dupré, Chairman ; Col. J. D. Hill, Mr. J. J. Rochester.
Mr. Bushnell presented the Society with copies of his work on the Choctaw Indians, published by the Smithsonian Institution. The Society passed a vote of thanks for the gift.
Prof. Henry M. Gill reported for the Committee on Louisiana Day that arrangements had been made for the proper celebration in the schools.
Mrs. M. A. Forwood presented a silk handkerchief, il souvenir of the Baltimore ('onvention, 1840. It had belonged to her uncle, Samuel Wheelwright, of Boston, Mass. The Society thanked Mrs. Forwood for her gift.
Dr. Franklin L. Riley read the paper prepared for the evening on "The Mississippi River as a Political Factor in American History.”
Prof. Riley's paper was an exhaustive study of the subject, he having consulted original historical sources.
The Society passed a vote of thanks for the paper.
Mr. H. Gibbes Morgan, in accordance with a request made by the Society at a previous meeting, sent a communication showing the origin of the name Saint Tammany.
On motion of Mr. T. P. Thompson, duly carried, the letter from Mr. Morgan was made part of the minutes of the meeting.
Mr. Bushnell and Mr. Juan Antonio Cavestany, of the Spanish Academy, Madrid, who were guests of the Society, were elected honorary members.
The active members elected were: Hon. John T. Michel, Dr. H. E. Gilchrist, Philip Werlein, Victor Wogan, Robert Glenk, J. J. Prowell, H. L. Gueydan, H. Ruello.
MARCH 16TH, 1910. The meeting was held at the State Museum. President Fortier called the meeting to order at 8 p. m. Secretary Gill announced a quorum and read the minutes of the previous meeting. These were adopted.
The committee on the Henry Clay celebration reported that all arrangements had been completed for the celebration.
President Fortier read numerous extracts from the transcripts of the unpublished documents of the Society. Of