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beam, taken from the house with an authentic number, proying that it is at least one hundred and fifty years old. I also can furnish a photograph of the school-house, which is now standing in East Hampton, Connecticut, and I shall take pleasure in sending a piece of the wood, accompanied by a photograph of the house.
Mrs. LINDSAY. We shall be very grateful.
Mrs. DORSEY. I am empowered by my kinsmen, the Mitchells, of Hanson Hill, to offer to the Society, as soon as we have a house, copies of two portraits of Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer and Thomas Stone, one a Signer of the Constitution, the other a Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland. They offer them as permanent loans as soon as we have a fireproof place in which to put them.
Miss HARVEY. I would like to know what became of the piece of Dove Mill paper which Merion Chapter presented in 1895. It was only a piece of paper, of the size of a sheet of foolscap, but such paper is exceedingly difficult to get. All the Government paper was made at Dove Mill. All the Continental notes were made there and destroyed there. Pieces of that paper are exceedingly rare. We have had two sheets; we presented one to the National Society and kept one ourselves. We would like to know what has become of that piece of Dove Mill paper.
CHAIRMAN. Has the chairman of the Committee any information ?
Mrs. LINDSAY. We regard all our relics as very valuable, and if one has been lost we will try to find it. Our relics are in the National Museum, but I shall look for it and try to see that it is put in the right place.
Miss HARVEY. Perhaps some of these ladies do not understand its value. You remember before the Revolution there were but two paper mills on the Continent; one was the Rittenhouse, at Germantown, and the other the Dove Will, in Lower Merion. If that piece of paper cannot be found we will surrender the last piece we have. [Applause.] That was presented by a woman who showed us as a choice relic a lock of Charles Thompson's hair. She gave us those pieces of Dove Mill's paper as a priceless re'ic.
Mrs. LINDSAY. The Committee will make great effort to find this lost relic, and hope it will be found very soon. I understand that there was some report made in which it was asserted that the Revolutionary Relics Committee was referred to as possessing or collecting "r-e-l-i-c-t-s." Now, this Committee wishes to disclaim the possession or collection of any such attractive and valuable articles.
Mrs. WARING. As a member of the Revolutionary Relics Committee, I take great pleasure in turning over to our honored chairman, Mrs. Lindsay, several articles of very great value. First, I have two bullets, dug up on the battlefield of Cowpens. I do not know whether you can see the bullets; we have put them in this shape so that they won't roll away and get lost. In the center is to be placed a bit of silver with the history of the bullets. Next, I have three pieces of china. These are fac similes of a very handsome set presented by the officers of the French Navy to Martha Washington during the first Presidency of General Washington. They are considered very handsome. This is the plate; around here you will see is a chain, and on these chains the name of a State, but they are not the thirteen original States, because then Vermont and Kentucky had been brought in, so there are fifteen names around the plate. I believe this was considered the handsomest set of all those that were ever given to Martha Washington or to General Washington. I have the full history of this set, from the pen of Hon. William A. Courtenay, who is the donor of this gift to the Society. This is the saucer which corresponds in every respect to the plate, and this is the cup for after-dinner coffee. I believe that I can promise a good many more relics from my State as time rolls on. [Applause.) ]
Mrs. LINDSAY. These are very beautiful, Madam Chairman, and we are most happy to possess them.
Mrs. ROBERTS. Mrs. Charles C. Harrison, of the Philadelphia Chapter, which, as you all know, had the honor to restore the banquet room of Independence Hall last year, and also of inciting the city of Philadelphia to entirely restore the whole buildings to the original Colonial form, presents a box of wood of which this is a specimen, of one of the original
beams of Independence Hall. A portion was taken out in order to strengthen the building by putting in a strong girder, and this wood which I hold in my hand is a piece of the original wood of Independence Hall. I think there will never be access to any more, as the building is finally finished, and Mrs. Harrison has brought on a box of this wood which she has presented to the Revolutionary Relics Committee, through its chairman, Mrs. Lindsay. She begs the acceptance of it, to be made of such use as the committee may decide upon. I shall be very happy to present this to the Society. There was a suggestion from Mrs. Harrison that possibly some of the Western Chapters not so accessible to the older settlers of Colonial States would like to possess some of this wood for frames, or some memento, or a gavel. We have used a great deal of it for gavels, and it has been circulated through some of the States for gavels or frames, or for framing of pictures for our Continental Hall, to which we all look forward with so much pleasure.
Mrs. LINDSAY. The Committee will be rather embarrassed, because we would like to give each one of the Daughters a piece. We have so much now that we feel we have the first furniture for the Colonial Hall.
Miss HARVEY. In behalf of Merion Chapter, I offer a piece of wood from the original floor of Lower Merion Friends' Meeting-House, the oldest Church in Pennsylvania, built 1695. There William Penn preached; there our Chapter's ancestors are buried. Washington encamped there on his way to Paoli; and there Merion Chapter erected its memorial stone. We will send you a piece of that precious wood, two hundred years old, to put into one of your precious frames.
Mrs. LINDSAY. May I ask that the lady send it by express, with a receipt taken for it, so that it cannot possibly be lost?
Miss HARVEY. Certainly.
Mrs. CRESAP. I move a vote of thanks to all these donors of these precious relics.
CHAIRMAN. You have heard the motion. All in favor will please say "aye;" contrary, "no." The motion is carried. The next report is from the Committee on Historical Scholarships, of which Miss Temple is the chairman.
REPORT OF THE HISTORICAL SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE. Your National Board has been anxious to promote in every way the growth and interest of the National Society. Along with the presentation of our splendid records and of historic landmarks, it has felt the importance of extending the influences that make our Society a genuine factor in the development of the Nation. With this end in view, it was unanimously voted early in 1898, to appoint a committee to look into the subject of historical scholarships with the idea of presenting so prac. tical a report that the Congress would act favorably thereon. This committee, authorized by the National Board, has the honor to report to you to-night. It believes that the Congress will fully appreciate the importance of some, such step as is herein suggested. It is hoped the liberality of the Congress will make provision for carrying on the work.
The committee respectfully suggests that we should link hand in hand with the glorious, patriotic work of the past year and of the years yet to come, education, .the true foundation of all patriotism as of all national growth.
The National University may be, though we sincerely hope not, somewhat in the future. The specific work of the historic scholarship, taken up at once, will in no way conflict with the National University, a cherished hope of almost every Daughter, but will be a small beginning in the right direction, and may become ultimately a powerful aid to the university. Many Chapters, feeling the wisdom of educational work, have already taken steps in that direction. Should not the great National Society set the pace in this work, which the Chapters are to follow in this work? For the present we have an almost unbroken storehouse of garnered records, etc., to work upon, but these riches may not be inexhaustible.
The fact must be faced that no organization can live on records, however brilliant. Any and every organization must live through growth. There must be something constructive. Let us hold in mind that upon us rests the duty to promote the best progress of the Nation. What are we aiming to do for the future? Is the work we are now doing constructive? Our patriotic influence exerted through almost every city, town and hamlet of the land is indirectly constructive, and this committee respectfully suggests uniting with it, a directly constructive educational work. Such work will meet the question how best to maintain the terest of the Chapters, that they may furnish their complement of interested, active members. It will also help to hold the individual member, who perhaps may be too far away to enjoy the inspiration coming from the Congress. Such
problems as these will present themselves as our Society grows older. When our Society is known to be working upon some broad and universal basis, we shall have a strong magnet not only to hold the Chapters and members, but to attract to our organization, able women who are not now interested.
Your committee would respectfully suggest to the Congress of 1899 the founding of two scholarships in American history upon the following conditions:
I. That the candidate for the scholarship be a member of our Society in sympathy with its aims.
II. That five hundred dollars ($500.00) a year be appropriated for each scholarship.
III. That the candidate be a graduate from some institution approved by the association of collegiate alumnae and shall have specialized somewhat in history in her last two undergraduate years.
IV. The manner of admission of the applicants will be through a board of examiners of five persons, who, after a careful examination of the letters, diplomas, recommendations, etc., of the candidates, will choose the person who is best fitted. This plan in substance is adopted by the universities. Young women would be informed of the conditions for the scholarship through circulars sent to the president of each college from which candidates might be eligible. The members of the board of examiners should have done graduate work, whether or not they have the Doctor's degree. One should be a professor of American history, one of European history, one of economics, one of pedagogy and one of philosophy.
V. That the course of study for the history scholarship be a Ph. D. course of three years, with American history as the major, scientific pedagogy, one minor and economics or some other department of history for the other. For the pedagogy the candidate shall have been prepared by elementary courses in psychology, logic, ethics and the history of philosophy.
VI. The practical benefit to the Daughters of the American Revolution which would result from these scholarships are as follows:
For a term of three years the beneficiary would hold herself ready to represent the National Society in public at educational gatherings when necessary. At all times in private she would advance our interests indirectly by her teaching, whether in the classroom or in authorship. The beneficiary will, of course, be at liberty to write or teach, and to receive compensation. The Society would have the privilege of calling upon her for lectures, articles for periodicals, etc., to a reasonable extent..
The committee would state to you that in preparing this report they have sought the guidance of the ablest educators of the country in order that the work herein suggested might be reported to you in