April Meeting, 1946

    A STATED Meeting of the Society was held, at the invitation of Mr. Augustus Peabody Loring, Jr., at No. 2 Gloucester Street, Boston, on Thursday, April 25, 1946, at a quarter before nine o’clock in the evening, the President, Charles Eliot Goodspeed, in the chair.

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

    The President reported the death on April 13, 1946, of Albert Matthews, a Resident Member. It was voted that the following resolution, prepared by Captain Samuel Eliot Morison, be spread on the records of the Society:

    Albert Matthews

    THE Society notes with deep regret the death of Albert Matthews, for twenty years the Editor of Publications. He set a standard of editing that inspires his successors; a standard of thoroughness that any historian might envy; a standard of courtesy that any gentleman would be happy to attain. He was always ready to place his exact scholarship and store of information at the service of any student. Among his many gifts to this Society and to his Alma Mater, anonymous like all his gifts, was the entire expense of printing and publishing Volume III of the Harvard College Records.

    The Treasurer read that portion of the will of the late Albert Matthews applying to the Society, in which he left the residue of his property to the Society, one-quarter of the income from the principal of said residue to be added each year to the principal, and three-quarters of the income to be expended towards the publications of the Society, or towards the salary of the Editor, as the Council of the Society shall decide.

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

    To nominate candidates for the several offices,—Messrs. William Alexander Jackson, Elliott Perkins and Stewart Mitchell.

    To examine the Treasurer’s accounts,—Messrs. Allston Burr and Hermann Frederick Clarke.

    To arrange for the Annual Dinner,—Messrs. Augustus Peabody Loring, Jr., William Alexander Jackson and Allyn Bailey Forbes.

    Mr. William Alexander Jackson then read a paper entitled “A Bibliophile in South America.”