April Meeting, 1954

    A STATED Meeting of the Society was held at the Club of Odd Volumes, No. 77 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, on Thursday, 22 April 1954, at half after eight o’clock in the evening, the President, Hon. Robert Walcott, in the chair.

    The records of the last Stated Meeting were read and approved.

    The President reported the death on 5 March 1954 of Julian Lowell Coolidge, a Resident Member and that on 21 March 1954 of James Melville Hunnewell, Treasurer of the Society since 1931.

    The Corresponding Secretary reported the receipt of letters from Dr. John Peabody Monks, of Lincoln, and from Mr. Charles Rutan Strickland, of Boston, accepting election to Resident Membership in the Society.

    Mr. Hugh Whitney, of Boston, was elected a Resident Member; Mr. Thompson Ritner Harlow, of Hartford, Connecticut, was elected a Non-Resident Member; and Mr. Robert Sturgis Ingersoll, of Philadelphia, was elected a Corresponding Member of the Society.

    The President reported that the Council had elected Mr. Carleton Rubira Richmond as Treasurer to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Hunnewell, and had designated Messrs. Augustus Peabody Loring and Chauncey Cushing Nash to serve on the Finance Committee.

    The chair appointed the following committees in anticipation of the Annual Meeting:

    To nominate candidates for the several offices,—Messrs. Fred Norris Robinson and Elliott Perkins.

    To examine the Treasurer’s accounts,—Messrs. Willard Goodrich Cogswell and Arthur Stanwood Pier.

    To arrange for the Annual Dinner,—Messrs. Walter Muir Whitehill and Ellis Wethrell Brewster.

    Professor Silvio Zavala, Director of the Museo Nacional de Historia, of Mexico, Visiting Lecturer on History at Harvard University, read a paper entitled: “The Influence of More’s Utopia in Mexico around 1530.” To illustrate Professor Zavala’s subject, Mr. William A. Jackson placed various editions of More’s Utopia in the exhibition cases.