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Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Con
However deeply one may deplore that causes should have arisen and culminated in open hostilities between our Nation and another, thereby bringing about a great flood of need and suffering, the prompt response of the women in the land to every appeal for aid and sympathy has been most gratifying and such as might have been expected. The members of the New Hampshire branch of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution have deported themselves as if imbued with the true spirit of their foremothers. Never heeding fatigue, nor looking for especial credit to themselves or their own Society, they have joined heartily and judiciously in the general work. Many have cheerfully given up their usual summer's rest and change for complete devotion to labor for the brave warriors on land and sea. The chief object of their efforts has been to supply the designated needs of those who enlisted from our own State and to keep watch over their dependent families. To this end they have labored with eager zeal and loving generosity. Supplementing this the Ashuelot Chapter, of Keene, has rendered valuable assistance to the Red Cross Society; the Molly Stark Chapter, of Manchester, to the Society of Colonial Dames, and the Exeter Chapter has sent a contribution for the relief of the Cubans. Hospital supplies, reading matter and money have been forwarded to our National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, for general distribution from the Margery Sullivan Chapter, of Dover, the Buntin Chapter, of Pembroke, the Ashuelot Chapter, of Keene, and the Reprisal Chapter, of Newport. In addition to war work the Samuel Ashley Chapter, of Claremont, has contributed to the fund for the purchase of Meadow Garden Farm, and the Molly Stark Chapter, of Manchester, has given to the fund for the statue of Washington and for the monument for Lafayette. This Chapter has pleasantly varied the usual routine of its meetings by a course of enjoyable lectures. The Margery Sullivan Chapter, of Dover, has also devised an interesting variety by bringing in at one meeting pieces of rare old china; at another a colonial gown and articles of personal adornment, then miniatures and so on, each display being occompanied by a spicy paper relating to the article exhibited. This has been the means of bringing to light several valuable possessions heretofore unappreciated, for the town is one of our oldest and consequently rich in relics.
The Matthew Thornton Chapter, of Nashua (now ranking second in size in the State), has given prizes for the best essays on the "Causes of the American Revolution" written by pupils in the High School, with many fine dissertations as the result. This Chapter was the recipient of a beautiful flag upon Flag Day.
The Anna Stickney Chapter, of North Conway, comes together fortnightly and devotes one hour each time to the study of civil law. Through its efforts a flag pole and flag have been placed upon the new public school building and lithograph flags presented to each school in town and also to those of the neighboring town of Bartlett, where some of its members reside. It is worthy of mention that substantial aid has been rendered to one of its "own Daughters," who in her old age is blind and without relatives.
The Molly Reid Chapter, of Derry, has searched out the birthplace of "true-hearted, erect Molly Reid" for whom it is named and purposes to suitably designate the place. It has devoted much time to bringing forward for reverent contemplation the deeds of the women of the Revolution. It is praiseworthy to mark the graves of those who were in the War of the Revolution and the Milford Chapter has generously devoted itself to that work in Milford, the first in the State to honor them thus.
The Eunice Baldwin Chapter, of Hillsborough, has heralded its year's literary path by a tasteful and wisely arranged program, and this custom prevails most creditably in many of our Chapters.
One of the most preciously notable days in our State history is the 21st of June, and for that reason it was chosen for the birthday of the Rumford Chapter in Concord, our beautiful capital city. Its Regent, Mrs. Nathaniel White, Jr., is reaping a deserved recompense for her earnest efforts in its formation for the aroused interest continues to attract valuable ac
cessions to its membership. We are glad to welcome its coming and expect great things from it.
We also extend a cordial welcome to the bright band which Miss Elizabeth W. Cilley as Regent has gathered together in Nottingham under the name of the Elsa Cilley Chapter, organized the 29th of last December. When one takes into consideration the fact that nine of its charter members are descendants of women whose names it has honored itself by taking, there will be no surprise over the zeal and ardor which has been evinced thus early in its career.
It is a real pleasure to record that the appeal for donations to the library of our National Society has been responded to with most commendable generosity by the Chapters. Indeed the retrospect of the past year brings thankfulness and the outlook for the new is inspiring. Without exception the Regents are efficient and this is proven by the constant increase in membership and unfaltering loyalty to the high purposes of the Society.
But in our joyous music of prosperous and hopeful record a minor chord must be struck, mournful, because one of our Real Daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Godding Russell Crane, of Dalton, has passed into eternity, but softly sweet, because the melody of her life of tender, womanly usefulness, which almost spanned a century, floats down to us like a bendiction. Respectfully submitted,
GEORGIA B. CARPENTER,
Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: I have the honor to submit to you the report of the New York State Chapters for the year 1898.
The work has been magnificent, embracing, as it must, that of the war relief, which is given in detail in a special report.
Full records have been sent by most Chapters, covering all work from historical study to the founding of libraries and the purchase of revolutionary mansions.
Only brief extracts may be used but these will indicate the enthusiasm and earnest endeavor of the Regents and members of the Chapters.
Before giving you a report of our year's work as Daughters of the American Revolution, let me recall briefly a few important facts in relation to New York during and between the years 1775 and 1781.
The first English forts taken were Ticonderoga and Crown Point; the American Navy was begun by Arnold on Lake Champlain in June, 1775. Following the expedition into Canada with the capture of Fort St. John came the expedition to Johnstown; then the battles of Long Island and Harlem Plains; the capture of Fort Washington and the naval battles of Lake Champlain; the manoeuvres of 1777; the battle of Bennington; the sortie from Fort Schuyler; the battles of Oriskany and Saratoga; the first expedition of Sir Henry Clinton up the Hudson; Johnson's raid through the Mohawk, Schoharie and Susquehanna Valleys; Sir Henry Clinton's second expedition up the Hudson; Wayne's capture of Stony Point; the expédition under Colonels Willett and Van Schaick against the Onondagas; Sullivan's expedition against the Indians and battles near the present site of Elmira; Johnson's raid into the Mohawk Valley and Governor Clinton's pursuit; the destruction of the settlement at Canajoharie and Fort Plain by Brandt and Carleton's raid on the upper Hudson.
Knowing these facts and also the statement made to the Continental Congress by our first Secretary of State, General Knox, and repeated in each and every history of the Independence, that the number of troops furnished by New York during the Revolutionary War was only 17,781, we have wondered why our quota was so far below that of the other colonies.
When James A. Roberts, of Buffalo, was elected Comptroller in 1895, one of his first efforts was to arrange systematically the great accumulation of records in his office. In doing this many muster rolls were discovered and as a result New York stands to-day second only to Massachusetts with 43,675 revolutionary soldiers and eleven frigates, sloops and schooners to her credit. No doubt this number will be augmented when private records are brought to light, for lists of officers were found without their records of enlisted men and the records of
the Third Line Regiment are now in the possession of the decendants of Colonel Gansevoort.
As members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, living in New York State, I think we should recognize the work of ex-Comptroller Roberts, who has given New York its proper place in relation to the War of Independence. When I was honored by being elected State Regent I took up the work with some hesitation. It was impossible for me to give it the undivided and loving attention bestowed upon it by my predecessor, but her experience and advice were always at my service and of great value.
My method of work has been almost entirely by correspondence and as a result I have on file a very complete history for 1898 of many of the New York Chapters. The Red Book was my constant companion until all towns of over 3,000 inhabitants had been communicated with. Chapters, however, are of slow growth and it will be several years before all parts of New York State send representatives to the Continental Congress.
The Regents already appointed when I came into office and whose Chapters were not at that time formed were: Mrs. Samuel Sloane, New York City; Mrs. William Robison, South Oyster Bay; Mrs. Wilmot Townsend Cox, Mill Neck; Mrs. Adelaide L. Harrington, Lyons; Mrs. Wolfe, Gouverneur; Mrs. Walter B. Shepard, Penn Yann; Mrs. Alonzo Jackson, Schenectady; Mrs. William Platt Adams, Cohoes; Mrs. John Newman, Watkins; Mrs. Spalding Evans, Lockport; Mrs. George B. Sloane, Oswego; Mrs. Tuckerman, Jamestown; Mrs. Katherine Spalding, Sangerties.
Of these Regents Mrs. Wolfe, of Gouverneur, organized the Gouverneur Morris Chapter, January 27, 1899, with nineteen charter members; Mrs. Adams, of Cohoes; Mrs. Cox, of Mill Neck, report progress; Mrs. Shepard, of Penn Yan; Mrs. Evans, of Lockport, and Mrs. Tuckerman, of Jamestown, have resigned.
The Regents appointed after March 1, 1898, are: Miss Jane M. Prescott, Fredonia; Mrs. Walter Clarke, East Springfield; Mrs. George Henry, Granville; Mrs. Albert Gladding, Norwich; Mrs. Carpenter, Sacketts Harbor; Miss Flora Broad