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NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
The stated meeting of the New York sundry publications from Societies with Historical Society, for the month of Janu- which this Society is in correspondence. ary, 1846, was held on the first Tuesday Among the most valuable donations is of the month, at their Rooms in the New the Biographie Universelle," presented York University.
by Mr. H. Onderdonk, Jr., of Jamaica, L. I., In the absence of the President, the making, with the supplement, 61 vols. Hon. L. Bradish, 1st Vice President, pre Other donations are, a file of the Long Islsided, assisted by the Rev. Thos. De Witt, land Telegraph, and the Hempstead In2d Vice President.
quirer, into which it was merged, presented After the Society was called to order, a by Mr. Thompson, of Long Island; a file communication was read from Mr. Bige- of the New York Courier, for 1844, by Mr. low, the Recording, Secretary, tendering T. D. Lowther; of the Evening Mirror, his resignation of that office, which was from its commencement, by the publishers; accepted. Mr. A. Schell was appointed a complete file of the New York AmeriSecretary, pro tem., and the minutes of the can, from its commencement to its disconlast meeting were read, corrected and ap- tinuance, by C. King, Esq. proved.
There have been purchased various other This being the meeting at which the newspapers—a file of the New York Ga. annual reports are presented to the Socie. zette, from 1811 to 1835, which nearly ty, each came up in its order.
completes the file from its commencement The reports of the Domestic and Foreign in 1725 to the date of its discontinuance ; Corresponding Secretaries showed that the the Index to the “Moniteur Universel,” transactions of the Society were attracting win 2 vols. folio; and several rare docu. attention both at home and abroad. They ments to complete sets before imperfect. were approved and accepted; as was also Nearly 200 vols. of papers are now lying the report of the Treasurer, which repre- useless in the store room, for want of funds sented the finances of the Society to be in to bind them. a prosperous condition.
In the department of Maps and Charts, The report of the Librarian gave a full the Library has received an accession of and elaborate statement of the present con unusual value. The collection of the De dition of the Library, and the additions Witt maps was presented in the early part which have been made to it during the of the summer, but is now for the first past year. The principal object of atten- time laid upon the table of the Society. tion connected with the Library, during The collection is entitled "Rough Drafts the year, has been the preparation of the of Surveys, by Robt. Erskine, F. R. S., Alphabetical Descriptive Catalogue, which Geographer, Ù. S. A., and assistants, beis now completed according to the plan gun, A. D., 1778.” It consists of one hunadopted; yet, as it embraces merely the dred surveys, most of them being in books in actual use, it is recommended to numerous parts, and fills 4 vols., atlas defer printing it for the present, and dur folio. The surveys cover a great portion ing the ensuing year, to extend it to all of New York, western New England, New the objects in the possession of the Socie Jersey, and a part of Pennsylvania. Their ty-manuscripts, maps, coins, pictures, Historical value may be imagined from and the cabinet generally.
their minuteness and accuracy-not only Numerous additions have been made to topography and measurements, but even the Library, both by donation and pur the names of the residents on the various chase. The purchases have been directed routes, being given. The donor is Mr. principally to the completion of the de Richard Varick De Witt, the son of Simeon partment of public and State papers, and De Witt, and Mr. Erskine's successor as The collection has now become one of the Geographer to the Continental Army, and most perfect existing. The Legislatures afterwards Surveyor General of this State. of several of the States have appropriated The other maps presented are, one by to this Society documents published, or to Mr. Gordon of N. J., which was also drawn be published by them, and it is suggested by Mr. Erskine, and is, apparently, a comthat the good offices of the corresponding pilation from the above surveys; one of members, residing at their several seats of the New York and New Hampshire grants, government, be solicited to obtain and by Mr. F. De Peyster ; two original sur. transmit them regularly to the Society. veys in this state in 1685, and a map entiDocuments have been received from Con. tled “copy of Lord Baltimore's own map, gress and the States of New York, Massa annexed to his agreement with the Penns, chusetts, New Hampshire and North Car in 1732, with additions, showing a survey olina, and from the City of New York, and by Pennsylvania, in 1722,” by Mr. G. W. VOL. III.NO II.
members of the Society :
cancy occasioned by the resignation or mr. Corresponding Members: Right Reve- Bigelow. rend J. H. Hopkins, Burlington, Vt., Rich Adjourned to the first Tuesday in Feb. ard Bell, Esq.
members of the Society:
cancy occasioned by the resignation of mr. Corresponding Members: Right Reve. Bigelow. rend J. H. Hopkins, Burlington, Vt., Rich Adjourned to the first Tuesday in Feb. ard Bell, Esq.