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PROCEEDINGS.

ANNUAL MEETING, OCTOBER 21, 1869, AT THE HALL OF THE

SOCIETY, IN WORCESTER.

THE Society were called to order by the President, at 11 o'clock A. M.

The Records of the last meeting were read and accepted.

The Report of the Council, prepared by Hon. EMORY WASHBURN, was read by him.

The Reports of the Treasurer and Librarian were read by those officers, respectively.

On motion of Judge THOMAS, these Reports were accepted and referred to the Committee of Publication,

Voted, to proceed to the election of officers for the ensuing year.

NATHANIEL THAYER, Esq., and Dr. JOHN G. METCALF were designated as a committee to receive and count the votes for President, who reported that all the votes were for Hon. STEPHEN SALISBURY.

A Committee, consisting of Rev. CHANDLER ROBBINS, D.D., CHARLES DEANE, Esq., and Hon. ELIJAH B. STODDARD, were appointed to prepare a list of names for the remaining officers, on a general ticket, and reported as follows:

Vice Presidents :
Hon. BENJAMIN F. THOMAS, LL.D., Boston,
JAMES LENOX, Esq., New York.

Council.
Hon. Isaac Davis, LL.D., Worcester,
Hon. NATHANIEL B. SHURTLEFF, M.D., Boston,
CHARLES FOLSOM, Esq., Cambridge,
SAMUEL F. HAVEN, Esq., Worcester,
Rev. EDWARD E. HALE, Boston,
JOSEPH SARGENT, M.D., Worcester,
CHARLES DEANE, Esq., Cambridge,
Rev. SETH SWEETSER, D.D., Worcester,
Hon. RICHARD FROTHINGHAM, Charlestown,
Hon. HENRY CHAPIN, Worcester.

Secretary of Foreign Correspondence.
Hon. CHARLES SUMNER, LL.D., Boston.

Secretary of Domestic Correspondence.
Hon. EMORY WASHBURN, LL.D., Cambridge.

Recording Secretary.
Rev. ALONZO HILL, D.D., Worcester.

Treasurer.
NATHANIEL PAINE, Esq., Worcester.

Committee of Publication.
SAMUEL F. HAVEN, Esq., Worcester,
Rev. EDWARD E. HALE, Boston,
CHARLES DEANE, Esq., Cambridge.

Auditors.
Hon. ISAAC Davis, LL.D., Worcester,
Hon. EBENEZER TORREY, Fitchburg.

The votes were received and counted by NATHANIEL THAYER, Esq. and Dr. JOHN G. METCALF, who announced that the before named gentlemen were unanimously elected to the offices assigned them.

Hon. STEPHEN SALISBURY, elected President, expressed his thanks for the honor, and signified his acceptance.

On behalf of the Council, the President presented the following names of candidates proposed by them for election to membership: His Grace, THE DUKE OF ARGYLL, Scotland; Hon. FRANCIS H. DEWEY, Worcester; Hon. JOHN D. BALDWIN, Worcester; Rev. SAMUEL C. DAMON, D.D., Sandwich Islands; JAMES F. HUNNEWELL, Esq., Charlestown.

HENRY STEVENS, Esq., of London, by request, made some interesting remarks on the efforts of the British Museum to obtain a complete collection of American publications.

The President read a letter from the United States Department of State, in reply to a communication from the Society suggesting the expediency of a report on the value of Dr. Kohl's copies of early maps of the American coasts, which have for some time been in possession of the Department. Mr. DEANE expressed an opinion that those maps should be revised by Dr. Kohl himself previously to any arrangement for their publication.

On motion of Hon. Isaac Davis, the whole subject was referred to the Council.

Dr. METCALF laid before the Society a specimen volume of cuttings from newspapers, made by him during the Rebellion; of which he had about fifty volumes that he pro

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