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Untitled Document Boston March 5th 1855

A meeting of the persons named in a certain act of incorporation, entitled An Act to Incorporate the “New England Emigrant Aid Company,” was held at three o’clock P. M. this day, at No. 3 Winter Street.

Amos A. Lawrence Esq. was chosen Chairman, and Thomas H. Webb, Secretary.

The Secretary stated that the meeting had been called by due notice issued in accordance with the requisitions of Law, and that a number of gentlemen, resident in Boston and elsewhere, had also been invited to attend.

The Act of Incorporation granted by the Legislature of Massachusetts at its present session was submitted by the Secretary, the difference between it and the former Charter (granted to the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Co.) was explained, and the advantages of the

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present one indicated.

The following is the Act; viz.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred & Fifty Five

An Act

To Incorporate The New England Emigrant Aid Company.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 1. Eli Thayer, Amos A. Lawrence, John M. L. Williams, and Thomas H. Webb, their associates, successors and assigns, are hereby made a corporation, by the name of the New England Emigrant Aid Company for the purposes of directing emigration Westward, and aiding in providing accommodations for the emigrants after arriving at their places of destination; and for these purposes, they have all the powers and privileges, and are subject to all the duties, restrictions and liabilities set forth in the forty fourth chapter of the Revised Statutes.

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Section 2. The capital stock of said corporation shall not exceed one million of Dollars. Said capital stock may be invested in real and personal estate; provided, the said corporation shall not hold real estate in this commonwealth, to an amount exceeding twenty thousand dollars.

Section 3 This act shall take effect from and after its passage.

House of Representatives, Febr. 16, 1855. Passed to be enacted, Daniel C. Eddy, Speaker.

In Senate, February 17, 1855.

Passed to be enacted, Henry W. Benchly, Pres. Febr. 21, 1855 Approved, Henry J. Gardner.

After due discussion, this Act was accepted.

On motion of Eli Thayer Esq. the following gentlemen were elected associates; viz. Messrs. Wm. B. Spooner, Samuel Cabot Jr. M.D., Jno. Lowell, Geo. B Upton, Wm. J. Rotch, J. P. Williston, R. O. Waters, Wm. Dudley Pickman, Jno. Nesmith, R.A. Chapman, Jno. Carter Brown,

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Alvah Crocker, Moses Davenport, Chs. H. Bigelow, Dr. Nathan Durfee, Wm. Willis, Franklin Murray, Jas. D. Lang, E. P. Walton, Joseph Gilmore, Ichabod Goodwin, Thos. M. Edwards, Albert Day, Samuel B. Tobey, and Calvin E. Stowe D.D.

The Company was then organized by the choice of the following Officers; viz.

President:
John Carter Brown of Providence, R.I.
Vice Presidents:
Eli Thayer, of Worcester, J. M. S. Williams, of Cambridge.
Treasurer:
Amos A. Lawrence, of Boston.
Secretary:
Thomas H. Webb, of Boston.
Directors:
Wm. B. Spooner, Samuel Cabot Jr. M.D., and John Lowell, of Boston; Wm. J. Rotch, of New Bedford; J. P. Williston, of Northampton; Wm. Dudley Pickman of Salem; R. P. Waters, of Beverly; R. A. Chapman, of Springfield; Jno. Nesmith, of Lowell; Alvah Crocker, of Fitchburg; Moses Davenport, of Newburyport; Chs. H. Bigelow, of Lawrence; Dr. Nathan Durfee

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of Fall River; Wm. Willis, of Portland, Me; Franklin Murray, of Bangor, Me; Jno. D. Lang, of Vassalboro, Me; E. P. Walton, of Montpelier, Vt; Jos. Gilmore, of Concord, N.H.; Ichabod Goodwin, Portsmouth, N.H; Thomas M. Edwards, Keene, N.H.; Albert Day, of Hartford, Ct.

Amos A. Lawrence Esq. presented a code of By Laws, which, after sundry amendments, was adopted, and is as follows; viz.

By-Laws of the New England Emigrant Aid Company.
Article 1st; Officers & their duties.

Section 1. The Officers of the Company shall consist of not less than twenty five Directors of whom one shall be designated as President, and two as Vice Presidents by the Stockholders; also of a Secretary and Treasurer chosen by the Stockholders.

Section 2. The Directors shall appoint such committees of their own numbers as may be requisite for the faithful and vigorous prosecution

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of the business of the Company.

Section 3. The Secretary shall keep a faithful record of the doings of the Stockholders at their meetings legally called; also a separate record of the doings of the Directors, which shall comprise the doings of the Executive Committee, if appointed by them.

He shall also impart information to the Public, and to individuals concerning the operations of the Company, under the instruction of the Directors.

He shall make arrangements for transporting settlers, and do any other business of the Company, which may be required by the Directors.

Section 4. The treasurer shall collect and keep the funds of the Company, and shall make payments when required by a vote of the directors, or a Committee duly authorized.

He shall keep a book of record of all receipts and payments, and correct vouchers.

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He shall not incur any debt, nor make any payment without money in hand.

He shall make an annual report to the Stockholders, and also a report to the directors whenever required by them.

Article 2nd. - Capital Stock.

Section 1. Any person on payment of Twenty Dollars shall become a stockholder, and shall be entitled to receive a certificate, and to vote at all meetings.

Section 2. Certificates of Stock shall be issued in the following form

New England Emigrant Aid Company.
No___ _____Share

This is to certify that _________is Proprietor of _______shares, of the par value of Twenty Dollars each in the capital stock of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, transferable on the Books of the Company in the surrender of this Certificate

_________ President.
Boston – 1855_____Secretary

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Every Certificate shall be signed by the President, or by one of the Vice Presidents, and countersigned by the Secretary. The Certificate Book shall be kept by the treasurer, and he shall attend to the transfer.

Section 3. Transfers of Stock may be made on the back of the Certificates, and shall be recorded in a Stock Ledger kept by the Treasurer: and when new certificates are required, they shall be issued as above, and the old Certificates shall be cancelled before signing them.

Section 4. The Directors may at any time decide that no new Stock shall be subscribed, nor certificates issued.

They may also direct that new Stockholders shall pay interest on the amount of their Shares, so as to make them equal to the other Stockholders.

Section 5. In voting, each Share shall entitle the holder to one vote; and a

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majority of the votes cast shall decide all questions and business brought before the Stockholders.

Article 3rd.- Meetings

Section 1. The stockholders shall meet annually on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in May; and the Secretary shall give due notice in the Newspapers, at least one week previously and such other notice as may be directed.

The Secretary shall also call special meetings of the Stockholders, whenever directed in writing to do so, by one fourth of the Directors.

Section 2. At any duly authorized meeting of the Stockholders, those owning one sixth of the whole amount of Stock paid in, shall constitute a quorum; and Stockholders may vote by proxy.

Section 3. Meetings of the Directors shall be held as often as once in every

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Quarter.

Section 4. At any regular meeting of the Directors five shall constitute a quorum.

After the adoption of the preceding By-Laws, it was, on motion of Mr. J. P. Blanchard.
Voted, that all Stockholders of the Emigrant Aid Company be admitted members of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, by transferring their Stock in the former to the latter; they receiving in exchange, Share for Share.

The Treasure presented a statement in regard to the condition of his Department, which was ordered to be placed on file.

By this it appears the whole amount by him received, to the first of March instant, including both

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Stock subscriptions & donations was
$17,903
.00.
The amount paid out_______________
23,623
.73.
Showing a deficiency of____________
5,720
.73
To meet which, there remains due_____
10,750
.00
From Stock Subscribers.    

Mr. E. B. Whitman, Stock subscription Agent reported that up to the fifth instant he had procured subscriptions for fourteen hundred and ninety four shares of Stock, amounting to ______$29,880.

Dr. Charles Robinson, one of the Company’s Agents, recently from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, gave a flattering and highly encouraging account of the prospects of the Settlements, and of the condition of the Company’s affairs in the Territory.

The meeting was then adjourned sine die.

Attest,

Thomas H. Webb
Secretary

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Boston May 29th, 1855.

The Annual Meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company was held at the Office No. 3 Winter Street, at four o’clock P.M. this day.

In the absence of the President, J. M. S. Williams Esq. one of the Vice Presidents, took the Chair.

The Secretary read the proceedings of the former meeting.

The Secretary stated that owing to the recent absence of the Treasurer from the City, no Report could at this time be furnished by said Officer, but by a note from him it appears, there is now a balance of Two Hundred and ninety three dollars in the Treasury.

There not being a quorum present the transaction of business, the meeting was then adjourned to Friday, June first, at four o’clock, P.M.

Attest, Thomas H. Webb, Secy.

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Boston June 1st 1855.

The Adjourned Annual Meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, was held at the Office, No. 3 Winter Street, at four o’clock P. M. this day.

In the absence of the President, Vice President J. M. S. Williams Esq. took the Chair.

The Secretary stated that the meeting had been duly called in the manner designated in the By-Laws.

The Secretary also stated that the requisite number of Stockholders, were present in person or by proxy, to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

The Treasurer presented his Annual Report, by which it appears his Receipts from March 16th to May 30th inclus. were $10,098.00 & his Expenditures from M’ch 17th to May 31st inclus. 9,753.67, leaving a balance on hand of 344.33

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A Committee, consisting of Messrs. William B. Spooner and the Secretary, was appointed to examine and audit the Treasurer’s Accounts.

The following Officers were then chosen for the current year; viz.

President,
John Carter Brown, of Providence R.I.

Vice Presidents,
Eli Thayer, of Worcester, J. M. S. Williams of Cambridge.

Treasurer,
Amos A. Lawrence, of Boston

Secretary,
Thomas H. Webb, of Boston

Directors,
Wm. B. Spooner, Samuel Cabot Jr., M.D., John Lowell, LeBaron Russell, M.D., and Charles J. Higginson of Boston, William J. Rotch, of New Bedford, J. P. Williston, of Northampton, William Dudley Pickman, of Salem, Richard P. Waters, of Beverly, Reuben A. Chapman, of Springfield, John Nesmith, of Lowell, Moses Davenport, of Newburyport, Charles H. Bigelow, of Lawrence,

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Doctor Nathan Durfee, of Fall River, William Willis, of Portland, Me., Franklin Murry, of Bangor, Me., John D. Lang, of Vassalboro, Me., E. P. Walton, of Montpelier, Vt., Joseph A. Gilmore, of Concord, N.H., Ichabod Goodwin, Portsmouth, N.H., Thomas H. Edwards, of Keene, N.H., Albert Day, of Hartford, Ct.

The meeting was then adjourned sine die

Attest
Thomas H. Webb
Secretary

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Boston May 27th. 1858

The second Annual Meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company was held at the Office, No. 3 Winter Street, at three o’clock P.M. this day.

The President in the Chair.

The Secretary being absent, in consequence of sickness, on motion of J. M. S. Williams Esq. it was Voted, that Anson J. Stone be appointed Secretary pro tempore.

There being a quorum of Stockholders in person and by proxy present, the Company proceeded to business.

J. M. S. Williams Esq. states that owing to the political difficulties and the warlike condition of affairs in Kansas for the past few weeks, the Territorial Agents of the Company had been unable to furnish a proper Schedule of expenditures, so

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as to enable the Treasurer to submit a well digested or detailed report thereon.

The following general Account of Expenditures was presented; viz.

Interest Account_____________________
276
.88
Expense in Boston Account____________
8664
.57
In Kansas Account__________________
45,313
.82
Sale of Tickets “
460
.00
Saml. C. Pomeroy’s “
21,782
.94
C. H. Branscomb’s “
1,800
.00
Chs. Robinson’s
2698
.96
Geo. W. Brown’s “
2,000
.00
Barthol. Wood’s “
247
.85
Eli Thayer’s “
7,058
.13
Nathan Haskins’s “
6652
.85
Total of expenditures “
96,956
.01
     
The receipts have been as follows: viz    
Stock Subscriptions_____________
98,940
.00
Donations_____________________
3303
.63
Amounting together to 102243 .63
Cash on hand as per cash Acct.
5287
.62

J. M. S. Williams Esq., Chairman, in behalf of the Executive Committee, made a verbal report on the general affairs

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of Kansas as bearing on the welfare and prosperity of the settlers, and the interests of the Company. He also answered in detail various inquiries propounded by Stockholders.

On motion of Dr. J. W. Stone of Boston it was

Voted that a Committee of three be appointed by the President to nominate a list of officers for the ensuing year.

The President appointed as said Committee, Dr. J. W. Stone, Henry Lee Jr. Esq., and Rev. L. E. Caswell of Boston.

During the absence of the Committee, Eli Thayer Esq. of Worcester addressed the meeting on the present condition and future prospects of the Territory, and on the business transactions of the Company.

The meeting was also addressed by J. M. S. Williams Esq., of Cambridge, Rev. Mr. James of Worcester, Rev. Mr.

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Woodbury, of Lowell, Rev. Mr. Parsons, of Hyannis, Hon. Thomas M. Edwards, of Keene, N.H., Rev. L.G. Bulfinch, of Dorchester, and Rev. Dr. Calvin E. Stowe, of Andover.

Mr. Williams offered the following Resolutions which were unanimously adopted; viz.

1. Resolved – That we have read with surprise and indignation, a Report made to the Senate of the United States by the Chairman of the Committee on Territories, March 12th, 1856, containing grave and unfounded charges and insinuations against this Company.

2. Resolved – That the presentation of that Report by an important Committee of the Senate, and the adoption of its conclusions, and repetition of its mistatements by speakers in both houses of Congress, call for the most distinct and unqualified denial on the part of this Company of every one of the charges which it contains.

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3. Resolved – That we tender to the Hon Charles Sumner our most sincere thanks for his able and eloquent defense of this company on the floor of the Senate, in his Speech of May 20th. 1856 – and we hereby declare that his exposition of the aims and objects of this association is characterised by it’s truth, and consistency with the facts of the case, standing in this respect, in striking contrast with the statements and conclusions of the Report by him commented on, and referred to in the preceding Resolutions.

4. Resolved – That our thanks are also due to the distinguished Senator from Massachusetts, the Hon. Henry Wilson, and to all those who on the floor of the Senate and of the House of Representatives have ably and successfully vindicated the character and objects of this company.

The Committee appointed to nomi-

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nate candidates, as Officers of the Company for the ensuing year, reported the following who were unanimously chose; viz.

President:
John Carter Brown of Providence, R.I.

Vice Presidents:
Eli Thayer of Worcester, J. M. S. Williams of Cambridge.

Treasurer:
Amos A. Lawrence of Brookline.

Secretary:
Thomas H. Webb of Boston.

Directors:
Wm. B. Spooner, Samuel Cabot Jr. M.D., John Lowell, LeBaron Russell M.D., Charles J. Higginson, Samuel G. Howe M.D., Geo. B. Upton, and Patrick T. Jackson of Boston; Wm. J. Rotch, and Geo. Howland Jr. of New Bedford; J. P. Williston of Northampton; R. P. Waters of Beverly; Wm. Dudley Pickman and Jno. Bertram of Salem; R.A. Chapman, Springfield, Charles H. Bigelow, of Lawrence; Doctor Nathan Durfee of Fall River; Wm. Willis of Portland, Me; Ichabod Goodwin of Portsmouth, N.H., Thomas M. Edwards of Keene, N.H.; Albert Day and Horace Bushnell D. D. of Hartford, Ct; Francis Wayland, D.D., Samuel

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Boyd Tobey, M.D., and Seth Padelford of Providence, R.I.; Rev. Edward Everett Hale of Worcester; Prof. Benjamin Gilliman Senr. of New Haven, Ct., Moses H. Grinnell, Wm. Cullen Bryant, Henry H. Elliott, Wm. M. Evarts, Edwin D. Morgan, and Henry C. Bowen, of New York City; Horace B. Claflin, Edward W. Fiske, and Rollin Sandford, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and J. L. Bailey, of Philadelphia, Pa.

After the completion of the organization, Rev. Prof. Stowe submitted the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted; viz.
Resolved –That we express our deep sympathy with the settlers in Kansas now suffering from the lawless outrages of the Slave power, and our determination, settled and unalterable, to afford them all the aid we lawfully and rightfully may; and to prosecute to a successful issue the righteous and glorious work which we have been permitted by divine Providence to commence.

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After a few remarks from Prof. Stowe, and others, on motion of Mr. Thayer of Worcester, the meeting was adjourned sine die.

Attest,

(signed) Anson J. Stone,
Secy. pro tempore

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Boston May 20th. 1857

The third Annual Meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company was held at the Office, No. 3 Winter Street, at three o’clock P.M. this day.

The President in the Chair.

The Records of the last meeting were read.

A statement was presented from the Treasurer showing the amount of receipts during the past year was Forty Two Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Seven Dollars and Sixty Six Cents; - of expenditures during the same period was Thirty Two Thousand, One Hundred and Ninety Two Dollars and Forty Nine Cents; thus leaving a Cash Balance on hand of Ten Thousand, Three Hundred, and Sixty Five Dollars and Seventeen Cents.-

On motion of Dr. J. W. Stone of Boston, it was

Voted that a Committee of three be appointed by the President to nom-

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inate a list of Officers for the ensuing year.

The President appointed as said committee the following gentlemen; viz. Dr. J.W. Stone, Edward Atkinson and Anson Bancroft Esq.

LeBaron Russell M.D. presented and read the Directors Annual report. This showed the Company’s business to be in a satisfactory condition, and the prospects of the Free State citizens of Kansas to be far more encouraging than it was at the last meeting of the Stockholders.

The Report was accepted, and subsequently referred back to the Directors, with authority to publish the whole, or such parts thereof, as they may deem advisable.

J. M. S. Williams Esq. made a statement in regard to the Finances, and announced that the details of the Financial proceedings had been

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left in the charge of the Secretary, and would be accessible to those Stockholders who may desire to examine them.

The President announced that Genl. Samuel C. Pomeroy, one of the Company’s Agents, just from Kansas Territory, was present.

A call having been made for him, he stepped forward and addressed the meeting at some length, giving many interesting particulars respecting the state of affairs at the Settlements, and confident assurance that at no far distant day the grand object aimed at by the Company will be triumphantly accomplished.

The President read the following Letter from the Treasurer, viz.

Green Bay Wisconsin
May 15, 1857.

To the Stockholders of the Emigrant Aid Co’y gentlemen.

I regret that it is not

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in my power to reach Boston in time to present to you an annual report of the financial affairs of the company. The Assistant Treasurer will present to you the accounts and give every facility for obtaining information in regard to them. I hope the Stockholders will not neglect to inform themselves in regard to them & that a Committee will be appointed to examine the accounts & vouchers of property before they shall be turned over to my successor in Office.

In making this request & in resigning my position in the Company, I wish to express my thanks for the confidence which has been shown in appointing & continuing me in the office of Treasurer since its formation, & I only regret that my services have not been more constant. But this department has not been neglected. The Assistant Treasurer, chosen by the Executive Committee has performed all the clerical labor, & attended to the details of business in a manner highly satisfactory.

You will find the Company free from

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debt, and its property entire. Whatever may be the results to the Stockholders, the shares have never had more value than at the present time. The main object for which the Association was formed, viz. the incitement of free immigration into Kansas has been successfully accomplished. The corporation must hereafter be considered a land company, & be managed as such. A speedy closing up of its business seems to me to be the surest method of yielding a return of the money expended: and in disposing of the property, much consideration appears to be due to our faithful agents: & to them a preference should be given if they are willing to become purchasers of the whole or any part of it.

In this connection, it will not be presuming too much, for me to bear testimony to the assiduity & disinterestedness with which your Executive Com’ee have performed their labors in yr behalf, & in behalf of the cause which we all have at heart.

The result has proven their value. The Com’ee have devoted themselves to the interest of the Company without regard to their own. Notwithstanding the contrary has

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been stated, they have undertaken no private business or speculation in connection with the property of the Territory. No one of them (so far as I am informed) has had any interest directly or indirectly in any property in Kansas except what belongs to this Company: & there is no one of them who would not at any time, or who would not now sacrifice his own share in this & much more, to open the Territory to the labor & enterprise of our citizens, & to perpetuate there our free American institutions.

Renewing the expression of my thanks for yr. confidence & uniform kindness, I hereby resign my office as Treasurer of the Company,

& remain respectfully

yr. obt. Sevt.
(signed)
Amos A. Lawrence

The Committee appointed to nominate candidates, as Officers of the Company for the ensuing year, reported, through Mr. Atkinson, the names of the following gentlemen, who were unanimously

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elected to the respective Offices Designated; viz.

President:
John Carter Brown, of Providence, R.I.

Vice Presidents:
Eli Thayer of Worcester, J. M. S. Williams of Cambridge.

Treasurer:
Charles J. Higginson, of Boston.

Secretary:
Thomas H. Webb, of Boston.
Directors:
Amos A, Lawrence, William B, Spooner, Samuel Cabot Jr. M.D., LeBaron Russell, M.D., William R. Lawrence, M.D., Patrick T. Jackson, Jacob A. Dresser, Tyler Batcheller, Samuel G. Howe, M.D., Rev. Edward E. Hale, Martin Brimmer & Chs. J. Higginson, all of Boston; Wm. J. Rotch & Geo. Howland Jr., of New Bedford; James H. Duncan, of Haverhill; J. P. Williston of Northampton; Wm. D. Pickman, & John Bertram, of Salem; Richard P. Waters, of Beverly; Reuben A. Chapman, of Springfield; Charles H. Bigleow, of Lawrence; George L. Stearns, of Medford; Nathan Durfee, of Fall River; Abner Curtis, of Abington;

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Oliver Ames Jr. of Easton; William Willis, of Portland, Me; Ichabod Goodwin of Portsmouth, N.H. Thomas M. Edwards, of Keene, N.H.; Albert Day, & Rev. Horace Bushnell, of Hartford, Ct; Prof. Benjamin Silliman, Sen. of New Haven; Wm. P. Bullock, & Seth Padelford, of Providence, R.I. Moses H. Grinnell, & Henry H. Elliott, of New York City; Horace B. Claflin, Edward W. Fiske, and Rollin H. Sandford, of Brooklyn N.Y.; J. L. Bailey, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Richard Bigelow, of St. Louis, Mo.;

On motion of Mr. Atkinson it was Voted that the thanks of the Stockholders be presented to Amos A. Lawrence Esq. for the valuable services by him rendered as Treasurer, gratuitously, from the first organization of the Company to the present time.

J. M. S. Williams Esq. stated that Mr. Charles J. Higginson (of the Executive Committee) has just returned from a visit to Kansas, and it was to be regretted that business necessarily prevented his being present to give

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the result of his observations in the Territory. All which he saw confirmed the correctness of the accounts that have been given of the exceeding beauty and fertility of the region, of the intelligence, energy, and industry of the people, and of the thriving condition and promising prospects of the principal Settlements, which must go on flourishingly, if the inhabitants be secured and protected in their just and Constitutional rights.

On motion it was Voted that Messrs. George Atkinson and Martin Brimmer be a Committee to examine the Books, Accounts, etc. of the late Treasurer Amos A. Lawrence Esq., and transfer the same to the new Treasurer, Charles J. Higginson Esq.

A few remarks were then made by several of the Stockholders relative to the prosperous condition of the Company’s business affairs; after which, there being

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nothing further requiring present action, the meeting was adjourned sine die.

Attest,

Thomas H. Webb
Secretary

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Boston May 25th 1858.

The Fourth Annual meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company was held at the Office, No. 3 Winter Street, at three o’clock P.M. this day.

The President and both Vice Presidents being absent, the Hon. Thomas M. Edwards, by request, presided.

The Records of the last meeting were read.

In the absence of the Treasurer the Secretary, in his behalf, made a brief statement relative to the condition of the Treasury, by which it appears the whole amount of funds on hand during the year from all sources was Thirty One Thousand Six Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars and Nine Cents; the amount expended during the same period was Thirty Thousand Four Hundred and Three Dollars and Eighty Nine Cents; thus leaving a balance on hand this day of Twelve Hundred and Twenty One Dollars

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and Twenty Cents.

The Secretary also stated that he had on file the Treasurer’s Report giving the details of the receipts and expenditures for the past year, and his estimate of payments and receipts for the coming year, which Document would be made accessable to any Stockholder desirous of examining it.

It was voted that a Committee if three be appointed by the presiding Officer to nominate a list of Officers for the ensuing year.

The Chairman appointed as said Committee Messrs. J. P. Blanchard, Otis Clapp, and Prof. Calvin E. Stowe.

LeBaron Russell M.D. presented and read the director’s Annual Report, as follows; viz.

The Directors of the N. E. A. Co. present the following statement of the transactions of the Co. during the past year.

At Lawrence the Co’s Saw Mill which

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was the first ever set up in the Territory has been thoroughly repaired and rented to a competent person. The two new houses on Kentucky and Pinkney Sts. have been completed & rented. The Office Lot & building have been sold, & the Co.’s Office removed to a room in the house on Ky. St. The arrangements for the sale of the Hotel Lot to Col. Eldridge were completed in a satisfactory manner, & a newly spacious building erected by him on the spot, was to be opened to the Public as a Hotel on the 21st of the present month, the day of the anniversary of the destruction of the original Free State Hotel by a mob acting under the direction of U.S. Officials.

At the last Annual Meeting it was announced that the Co. had completed the purchase of a large interest in the City of Atchison. The Directors immediately proceeded to erect a large Flouring Mill at that Place which is now in successful operation. It is the only Flouring Mill in that section of the County & is considered by competent judges as the most valuable Mill property in the Territory. Considerable additions have been made to the Hotel, included in the Atchison purchase, & both the Hotel & Mill are now rented to responsible parties – The Co.

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owns one hundred city Lots at Atchison which have risen largely in value since the purchase.

In accordance with the wishes of gentlemen connected with the Shoe & Leather interest in this City, who had contributed largely to the funds of the Co., negotiations were entered into with several parties for the establishment of two new towns in Kansas, which were to be called Claflin & Batcheller, after the names of gentlemen well known & highly respected in that business. Much difficulty was experienced in these negotiations, owing partly to the natural preference of Settlers for names of their own selection, & partly to the occurrence of the financial crisis, which had the effect to paralyze for a time all new enterprises. Agreements have however, at last been concluded with the Proprietors of two new Settlements to adopt the names referred to, and two of the Co.’s Mills will be placed in these Towns, as soon as the necessary arrangements can be completed.

At Manhattan the Mill has been greatly improved, & is now one of the most valuable in the Territory. It has contributed essentially to the prosperity of that Town.-

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The Mill formerly at Hampden has been removed to the flourishing town of Burlington & is now in operation there.

At Topeka the Co. has recently erected a large & commodious school house. The Co.’s Mill at this Town is not in operation; but the property of the Co. there, in land, is valuable.

At Osawatomie, the destruction of the Co.’s Saw mill has been a serious calamity to the Town. A Sawmill has however been erected by other Proprietors. The Title to the Town Site, which was long in dispute, is considered now to be settled.

It is not deemed necessary in the present Report to enter more minutely into the details of the Co.’s business. The Books of the Treasurer are always open to the inspection of Stockholders, & a Schedule of its Property is in the possession of the Secretary.

Since the last Annual meeting, the directors have accepted the resignation of Messrs. S. C. Pomeroy & Charles H. Branscomb as Agents of the Company. The private business of the former had become so important as to require his undivided attention at Atchison City, where he has identified his name with all the great

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works of improvement looking to the future prosperity of the Territory. At the request of the Executive Committee however, he consented to continue to serve the Company as it’s local Agent at Atchison & Kansas City for a period of six months from the date of the acceptance of his resignation.

In learning the intention of Messrs. Pomeroy & Branscomb to resign their agencies, the Executive Committee immediately entered into correspondence with M.F. Conway Esq. of Lawrence which resulted in his engagement as general Agent of the Co.

Your Directors consider the Company fortunate in having secured the services of a gentleman of Judge Conway’s well known ability & character to represent it interests in Kansas. They have entire confidence that its affairs will be ably & judiciously managed his hands.”

The preceding Report met with the approval of the Stockholders, and a desire was expressed that it might be printed. At the suggestion of the Secretary that it had better be disposed of in the usual manner it was.

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Voted – that the Report be accepted and referred back to the directors with authority to publish the whole or such parts thereof as to them may seem expedient.

The Committee appointed to nominate candidates as Officers of the Company for the year now commencing, reported through their Chairman J. P. Blanchard Esq., the last year’s List with the substitution of Thomas H. Webb for Jacob A. Dresser, the latter gentleman declining a renomination in consequence of the business demands upon his time.

Before acting on the nomination, the Secretary stated that at the request of Moses H. Grinnell Esq. of New York City who was the last year, and is now again proposed as Director, he would withdraw his name, as a candidate, “not” to use his own words, “that his sympathies are not with the move, but that he cannot ever be present at the meetings.”

On motion of Dr. J. W. Stone the vacancy was supplied by adding to the list the name

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of Judge Thomas Russell.

The election was then proceeded with and the following gentlemen were unanimously chosen to the respective Offices designated; viz.

President:
John Carter Brown of Providence, R.I.

Vice Presidents:
Eli Thayer of Worcester, J. M. S. Williams of Cambridge, Mass.

Treasurer:
Charles J. Higginson of Boston.

Secretary:
Thomas H. Webb, of Boston.

Directors:
Amos A. Lawrence, William B. Spooner, Samuel Cabot Jr. M.D., Le Baron Russell M.D., Charles J. Higginson; Samuel G. Howe, M.D., Patrick J. Jackson, Thomas H. Webb, M.D., Tyler Batcheller, Rev. Edward Everett Hale, Martin Brimmer & Thomas Russell, all of Boston; Wm. J. Rotch & Geo. Howland Jr. of New Bedford; Richard P. Waters of Beverly; J.P. Williston of Northampton; Wm. Dudley Pickman & John Bertram of Salem; Reuben A. Chapman of Springfield; Charles H. Bigelow of Lawrence;

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George L. Stearns of Medford; Doctor Nathan Durfee of Fall River; Abner Curtis of Abington; Oliver Ames Jr. of Easton; William Willis of Portland, Me; Ichabod Goodwin of Portsmouth, N.H.; Thomas M. Edwards of Keene, N.H.; Wm. P. Bullock & Seth Padelford, of Providence, R.I., Albert Day, & Horace Bushnell DD, of Hartford, Ct; Prof. Benjamin Silliman, Sen. of New Haven Ct.; Henry H. Elliott, & Richard Bigelow of New York City; Horace B. Claflin, Edward W. Fiske, and Rollin Sandford of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and J. L. Baily of Philadelphia, Pa.

On motion of Dr. Russell it was Voted, that the directors, or any Committee by them appointed from their Board for the purpose, and hereby authorized to sell the whole or any part of the property of the Company to such person or persons, and for such prices, and on such terms of payment as they shall think for the interest of the Company:

And that the Treasurer be and hereby is authorized under the direction of said Board or Committee to execute in the name and be-

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half of the Company any and all Deeds or Instruments of Conveyance of any and all Property so sold.

The Secretary stated that a Letter had just been received at the Office from Judge M. F. Conway, the General Agent, in which is given a description of the character and condition of the Company’s Property situated in Kansas Territory.

Though an interesting and important Communication, from its extreme length, occupying twenty seven pages, he did not propose to trespass upon the time of the meeting by reading it, and more especially as it would meet with due consideration from the directors or a Committee acting in their behalf.

He would remark however that scattered through it will be found the Agent’s estimates of the value of the Real Estate and other Property, and deeming that some general idea in relation thereto might be acceptable to the Stockholders, he had, immediately prior to the meeting, hastily drawn up an abstract which he would read for the informa-

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tion of those desirous of it.

Presumed value of the Company’s Property at certain Settlements in Kansas Territory; viz at

Lawrence- 116 Lots @ $300 each…………
$34,800
  Two Houses……………………
2,500
  Mill & Mill Site…………………
5,000
  Whole valuation at Lawrence…..
42,300
     
West Lawrence – 137 Lots at $50. each…….…...
6,850
     
Osawatomie – 100 shares $150. each………...
15,000
  Mill machinery & Mill Site……..
1,500
  Claim from Williams adjoining Town.
4,000
  Whole valuation at Osawatomie……
20,500
Burlington - 10 Shares @ $200.each…………..
2,000
     
Topeka – 105 Lots @ $200 each……………
21,000
  School House……………………..
2,000
  Whole valuation at Topeka………..
23,000
     
Manhattan – 94 shares @$100 Each…………..
9,000
  Mill & Mill Site…………………..
6,000
  Whole valuation at Manhattan……
15,400
     
Atchison – 100 Lots @ $.150 each…………
15,000
  Hotel…………………………....
5,000
  Flouring Mill…………………..…
7,000
  Whole valuation at Atchison……..
27,000
Quindaro - 10 Shares @ $250 each………...
2500
  Making a total valuation of………
139,500

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The Secretary stated these were property and claims belonging to the Company not included in the preceding estimate, among which were the following; viz.

The Kansas City Hotel, Property worth say……...
$8,000
 
Batcheller
“…………………....
2,500
 
Claflin
“…………………...
1,200
 
“ Topeka Mill Site……………………………
300
 
“Wabonsi” ……………………………………..
2,000
 
Claim vs. U.S. Govt. for construction of Free State Hotel… 25,0000
"
" Geo. W. Brown………………………............
2,000
 
“ “ other individuals, say…………………………
1,500
 
[xxx]……………………………………………
42,500
 

In conclusion the Secretary remarked it should be borne in mind that the estimate read is mainly based upon the judgement of a single individual; that others might entertain very different views in regard to the same property; some would deem it under, perhaps many over valued by Judge Conway. Further, were the property thrown into the market at the present time, it would bring nothing like the appraiser amount; but after a few years of peace and prosperity, should it in the meanwhile be retained, it could without much doubt be dis-

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posed of at nearly, if not indeed quite the sum estimated. Yet even with a large deduction for various contingencies unexpected and anticipated, the sum eventually realized it is believed will prove satisfactory to most, and it is hoped to all of the Stockholders, more especially bearing in mind that the paramount object for which this organization has labored will unquestionably be triumphantly attained.

There being no further business for consideration, the meeting was then adjourned sine die.

Attest

Thomas H. Webb
Secretary

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Boston May 24th. 1859.

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company was held at the Office, No 3 Winter Street, at three o’clock P.M. this day.

In the absence of the President, who is still abroad, Vice President Williams called the meeting to order and presided.

The Secretary read the Records of the last meeting and stated that the present meeting had been duly notified in the manner prescribed in the By Laws.

The following communication was received from the Treasurer; viz.

The Treasurer begs leave to report that at the last annual meeting the bal. in the Treas.

was…………………………………………………………..
$1,221
.20
In Mr. Conway Agt’s hands in the Ter………………………
322
.10
Since rec’d for sale of Stock (old subscription)…………….
240
.00
Co.’s Notes for $10,000………...........
9,388
.50
Interest……………………………..….
79
.15
rents of Mills, Houses, etc………………….
2,324
.00
Sales of Lots of land………………………….
995
.00
from Collection of the old debts……….……
155
.00
  14,724 .95

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There has been paid during the past year Co’s Note for borrowed money falling due

………………………………………………………….……..
$6,000
 
Salaries in Boston………………………………………………
2013
.83
Rent & Office expenses……………………………………..……
504
.25
Interest……………………………………………………………
32
.32

Salaries & Comns. to Agt’s in the Territory……………..…
1,548
.50
Taxes on Co.’s land…………………………………………
534
.00
Travelling Expenses Agents…………………………………
173
.05
Legal Expenses………………………………………..
269
.62
 
2,525
.17

Sundry general Expendi’s in the Territory on various properties…...2,501.13
Transferred from Cash balance, to his individual acc’t, Eli Thayer’s due bill for …………………………………………………………......... 476.67

Balances in hands of Agts. by their last ac.’s    
S.C. Pomeroy……………………………………………
326
.25
M.F. Conway……………………………………………
297
.12
In Treasury in Boston……………………………………
48
.21
  $14,724 .95

Boston May 24th 1859
(signed)

C.J. Higginson Treas.
N.E.E.A.Co.

Appended to the preceding Report is an estimate for the succeeding year of which the following is a copy; viz.

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For the coming year the estimate of receipts & expenditures is as follows.

Balance on hand………………………………………
671
.58
To be received—    
Bills Received $1,653 worth say ……………………
500
.00
Debts in the Territory amounting to about $1,900………
500
.00
Rents…………………………………………………
2000
.00
Sales of land…………………………………………
2,000
.00
  $5,671 .58

To be paid—

   
Notes of the Co. now outstanding………………………… $10,000 .00
Salaries………………………………………………………
2,500
.00
Rent etc in Boston…………………………………………...
200
.00
Taxes, travelling and legal Expenses etc in Kansas…………..
1,371
.58
 
14,671
.58

Leaving to be provided for ………………………………....……$9,000.00

The Secretary states there was no Report from the Directors, the gentleman appointed to prepare it, being otherwise so engaged, as to be unable to discharge the duty. This he added is the less to be regretted, inasmuch as nothing of moment transpired during the course of the year just closed, requiring special note, or

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comment. There has been no necessity for extending the Company’s operations in Kansas Territory, for the paramount object had in view, and steadily pursued from the commencement of the organization has virtually been accomplished, and probably ere the return of another anniversary, Kansas, if justice be done here, will have taken her position in the Union, as a Free State.

The chief business remaining for the Directors to accomplish is carefully to protect, judiciously to manage, and at favorable opportunities to dispose of the Company’s Property, and then either return the proceeds to the Stockholders, or what is earnestly hoped by many, obtain authority, if not already possessed, to use the means, for enlarging the area of freedom, elsewhere. The field of labor is still extensive; much work remains to be done; and this Company with its valuable experience, and its powerful influence will be enabled to effect far more, and in less time and with less means, than can any new Corporation or Association.

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Business embarrassments have affected Kansas similar to those which have so seriously and heavily pressed upon every other section of the Country; this condition of affairs has materially interfered with, and indeed in a great measure prevented sales being made on satisfactory terms, but as there is good reason for anticipating a brighter future, the Company’s Agents will probably meet with better success in the course of the new, and next succeeding year.

The Secretary further stated that a long and interesting Letter from the General Territorial Agent, Judge M. F. Conway had just come to hand, wherein is given an account of the character, condition, and value of the various species of property in Kansas Territory belonging to the Company. By this exhibit it appears that whilst some of the property has depreciated, other portions have appreciated in value, notwithstanding the stringency of the times; so that in the aggregate the worth is estimated to be somewhat greater than

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was previously reported.

On motion of J.P. Blanchard Esq. the election of Officers was then proceeded with, and the following result was announced by the Chairman; viz for

President:
John Carter Brown of Providence, R.I.

Vice Presidents:
Eli Thayer of Worcester, & J. M. S. Williams of Cambridge, Mass.

Treasurer:
Charles J. Higginson, of Boston.

Secretary:
Thomas H. Webb, of Boston

Directors:
Amos A. Lawrence, William B. Spooner, Samuel Cabot Jr. M.D., Le Baron Russell, M.D., Charles J. Higginson, Samuel G. Howe M.D., Patrick T. Jackson, Thomas H. Webb, M.D., Tyler Batcheller, Rev. Edward E. Hale, Martin Brimmer & Thomas Russell, all of Boston, Wm. J. Rotch & Geo. Howland Jr. of New Bedford. Richard P. Waters, of Beverly. J. P. Williston of Northhampton. Wm. Dudley Pickman & John Bertram of Salem. Reuben A. Chapman, of Springfield.

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Charles H. Bigelow, of Lawrence.
George L. Stearns, of Medford.
Doctor Nathan Durfee, of Fall River.
Abner Curtis, of Abington.
Oliver Ames, Jr. of Easton
William Willis, of Portsmouth, Me.
Ichabod Goodwin of Portsmouth, N.H.
Thomas M. Edwards, of Keene, N.H.

Wm. P. Bullock & Seth Padelford, of Providence, R.I. Albert Day, & Horace Bushnell D.D. of Hartford, Ct. Prof. Benjamin Silliman Sen, of New Haven, Ct. Henry H. Elliott & Richard Bigelow, of New York City. Horace B. Claflin, Edward W. Fiske, and Rollin Sandford, of Brooklyn, N.Y. and J. L. Baily, of Philadelphia, Pa.

Several gentlemen made brief addresses congratulating the Company, upon the great success which has resulted from the judicious efforts of those having the immediate direction and management of its affairs both within and outside of the Territory.

After which, there being no further business requiring action

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At this time, the meeting was adjourned sine die.

Attest,

Thomas H. Webb,
Secretary

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Boston May 29th. 1860.

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company was held at the Office No. 3 Winter Street, at three o’clock P. M. this day.

The President being absent, the First Vice President, Hon. J. M. S. Williams called the meeting to order, and presided.

The Secretary read the Records of the last Annual Meeting and stated that the present one had been duly notified in accordance with the requisition of the By-Laws.

A Report was received from the Treasurer, by which it appears, that the Balances of Cash in the Treasurer’s and General Agent’s hands by last year’s Acc’t were ……………………………………………………………...$671.58
Am’t rec’d for sale of Co.’s Notes for $10,000 was………....9,266.72

      Interest…………………………………
11
.25
 
Rents at Manhattan…………….……….
368.
 
 
“ Topeka……………….……..…
25.
 
 
“ Atchison…………………… 1050.  
 
“ Lawrence ……………………
389
.99
        1,832 .99

Land “ Atchison……………………….. 3,455.  
Manhattan……………………….
785.
 
Lawrence………………………..
750.
 
     
4,390
.00

Machinery Do…………………………….
275.
 
Topeka………………………..
100.
 
   
375
.00

Collected old debts……………………………………….
392
.25
Due S. C. Pomeroy Agt…………………………………
303
.86
 
17,243
.65

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There have been paid during the year    
Company Notes………………………………………………..
10,000
.00
Rent & Office Expenses in Boston………………………………..
406
.96
Salaries…………………………………………………………
1,761
.17
Interest……………………………………………………………..
11
.64
Salaries & Com. to Agents in Kansas………………………….
1,037
.50
Taxes……………………………………………………………
1,446
.17
Legal Expenses……………………………………………………
718
.55
Travelling…………………………………………………………
558
.50
General…………………………………………………………….
562
.06
Cash in Treasurer hands……………………………………………
477
.63
“…….M. F. Conway Agt’s……….”………………………………
263
.47
 
17,243
.65

The Secretary stated there was no Annual Report from the Directors, the gentleman on whom devolved the duty of preparing the document being absent from the City; a knowledge of which fact was not had until just prior to the meeting, when time did not allow of the appointment of a substitute.

He added that there was in fact little occasion for a formal Report, as our Territorial affairs remain much as they were at the last Annual Meeting. The same depressed state of business affairs

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which had then interfered with effecting sales, has continued ever since to prevail, and in consequence, comparatively little has been accomplished in the way of disposing of property. The Directors, as heretofore, still entertain the opinion that the Property should not be sacrificed by forced sales at such an unpropitious period as the present; but that the true policy is to await a favorable change, husbanding the resources of the Company, and keeping down its expenses as far as practicable; in the future availing of every good opportunity to make judicious sales, and in due time to either return the proceeds to the Stockholders or use them, with additional funds raised for the purpose, to operate elsewhere, adopting the one or the other course, as may here after be deemed advisable, or as the company may direct.

Mr. J. P. Blanchard remarked that inasmuch as it was extremely difficult, if not impossible to procure a full attendance

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during May meeting week, it being the anniversary season of many Societies, with a greater or less number of which our Stockholders are connected, and consequently necessarily elsewhere engaged, and furthermore in the hope of securing a larger attendance, as well as to give the Directors further time for preparing their Report, he would offer the following Resolution; viz.

Resolved that this meeting be now adjourned to Wednesday of next week.

Messrs. Webster, Bradford, and Dr. Stone spoke on the Resolution.

Dr. Stone observed that the present was a more than usually full meeting, that there seemed to be no special business requiring an adjournment, and it was very doubtful if the numbers in attendance would be thereby increased. One object in holding the Annual meeting at this particular time was to have the attendance of out of Town Stockholders, a considerable number of whom usually meet with us,

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but could not, so conveniently, if the time were changed to some other week.

The question being called for, the Resolution was put and decided in the negative.

It was voted that a Committee of three be designated by the Chair to nominate a List of Officers.

The Chairman announced as said Committee Messrs. Stone, Morris, and Bradford.

Mr. J.G. Webster asked for information in regard to the powers and duties of the Directors, and called for the reading of that portion of the Constitution bearing on the inquiry.

The Secretary in reply observed no Constitution was ever framed, the Charter and By-Laws of the Company embracing every thing that was thought necessary or desirable. Those portions

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of the By-Laws relating to Directors were read.

The Committee on Nominations reported as Candidates the gentlemen whose names were on the last year’s List of Officers, with the addition of J. G. Webster, as a Director.

The election of Officers then took place, with the following result, as announced by the Chairman; viz. for

President
John Carter Brown of Providence, R. I.

Vice Presidents:
Eli Thayer of Worcester, & J. M. S. Williams of Cambridge.

Treasurer:
Charles J. Higginson of Boston.

Secretary:
Thomas H. Webb, of Boston.

Directors:

Amos A. Lawrence, William B. Spooner, Samuel Cabot Jr., M.D., LeBaron Russell, M.D., Charles J. Higginson, Samuel G. Howe, M.D., Patrick T. Jackson, Thomas H. Webb, M.D. Tyler Batcheller, Rev. Edward E. Hale, Martin Brimmer, Thomas Russell, and

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John G. Webster, all of Boston.
Wm. J. Rotch & Geo. Howland Jr. of New Bedford.
Richard P. Waters, of Beverly.
J. P. Williston of Northampton.
Wm. Dudley Pickman & John Bertram of Salem.
Reuben A. Chapman, of Springfield.
Charles H. Bigelow, of New Bedford.
George L. Stearns, of Medford.
Doctor Nathan Durfee, of Fall River
Abner Curtis, of Abington.
Oliver Ames Jr., of Easton.
William Willis, of Portland, Me.
Ichabod Goodwin, of Portsmouth, N.H.
Thomas M. Edwards, of Keene, N.H.
Wm. P. Bullock & Seth Padelford, of Providence, R.I.
Albert Day & Horace Bushnell, DD. Of Hartford, Ct.
Prof Benjamin Silliman Sen, of New Haven, Ct.
Henry H. Elliott & Richard Bigelow, of New York City.
Horace B. Claflin, Edward W. Fiske, and Rollin Sandford, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
and J. L. Baily of Phildelphia, Pa.

Mr. John G. Webster offered the subjoined Resolution, premising it with a few remarks upon the importance of the Stockholders keeping control of the funds, and the Directors

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having no power to use them outside of Kansas, excepting by special authority granted for the purpose.

Resolved that the funds of the New England Emigrant Aid Company shall not be appropriated except in Kansas, unless by a vote of the Stockholders at any regular or special meeting of the Company – notice of such intention being given in a notice calling the said meeting.

This Resolution was discussed at some length by Messrs. Webster, Blanchard, Stone, and T. Russell of Boston, Williston of Northampton, Foote of Salem, and Waters of Beverly.

The prevailing opinion, as expressed, was, that as the Directors had heretofore managed the affairs of the Company satisfactorily, and as it was to be presumed they were the best judges, how, when, and where to operate, the wisest course would be to continue to repose confidence in them, and rely upon their discretion for properly and

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acceptably conducting all business relations and future operations.

Judge Russell, with the view of disposing of the matter for the present with due courtesy to all, it having been thoroughly debated, moved,

That the whole subject be laid upon the table.

Whereupon the mover remarked that he had no feeling in the case, and as it was evident such a Resolution was not deemed desirable, he would, with permission, withdraw it.

Permission being granted, it was withdrawn.

Mr. George L. Stearns, one of the Directors, at the suggestion of the Chairman, gave an account of a recent visit by him made to Kansas Territory, and the impressions he received as to its future, from what he witnessed there.

On motion of Mr. M. L. Bradford it was Voted, that the Directors, or any Committee by them approved from their Board for the

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purpose, are hereby authorized to sell the whole or any part of the Property of the Company to such person or persons, and for such prices, and on such terms of payment as they shall think for the interest of the Company:

And that the Treasurer be and hereby is authorized, under the direction of said Board or Committee, to execute in the name and behalf of the Company any and all Deeds or Instruments of Conveyance of any and all Property so sold.

There being no further business requiring action at this time, the meeting was then adjourned sine die.

Attest,

Thomas H. Webb
Secretary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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