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"Shirley did not mean that any notice of any preparation that he was making should get outside. This, you will say, is an old man's story; perhaps it is, but I throw it out as a hint. I was very much interested about this ballad of Longfellow's. I went up to the State library; I knew all the gentlemen there; I said, 'I want the Council Records of 1746.' They said, 'You are forgetting that we have not got the Council Records of 1746 here; the Council Records have never been in this room, but if you will come downstairs, I will give them to you.' We went downstairs to the Secretary of State's desk, and he opened this drawer and that drawer, and took out the Council Records of 1746. I said, “Why are those things here?' He said, 'God knows, I suppose; I don't; ever since I have been Secretary of State, the Council Records of 1746 have been in this drawer, and they are here now. I think those Council Records of 1746 were kept in some such private drawer, and had been until they were gotten out by me in 1891."

A BALLAD OF THE FRENCH FLEET.

I.
A FLEET with flags arrayed

Sailed from the port of Brest,
And the Admiral's ship displayed

The signal: “Steer south-west."
For this Admiral d'Anville

Had sworn by cross and crown
To ravage with fire and steel

Our helpless Boston Town.

II.
There were rumors in the street,

In the houses there was fear
Of the coming of the fleet,

And the danger hovering near;
And while from mouth to mouth

Spread the tidings of dismay,
I stood in the Old South,

Saying humbly: "Let us pray."

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"An Ancient Instance of Municipal Ownership" was the title of a paper read to the Society by Hon. SAMUEL UTLEY, of Worcester, relating to an old quarry from which the inhabitants of Worcester have a perpetual right to take stone.

Mr. SAMUEL S. GREEN: “The Courts seem to have decided that the people of Worcester have a right to take stone from that quarry, but I noticed that the late Andrew H. Green, whose land surrounded the quarry, and who claimed that he owned it, still felt that he had grounds for contention. Do you know what they were?

Mr. UTLEY: "I do not. I have known of his threatening, but I never knew of his bringing it to a conclusion. I rather thought it was more of a 'bluff game' than otherwise. I have talked with his lawyer, but of course counsel only tell what is known to have been done. Mr. Green long ago consulted Mr. Peter C. Bacon and Senator Hoar, but as no action likely to bring on a trial on the merits has at any time been taken, it is perhaps fair to assume that counsel have not found sufficient grounds to advise such a course. The statutes of Massachusetts allow a man to prevent the acquisition of title by twenty years' use, by posting notices, and Mr. Green did this. I have an idea that it was a nuisance to him to have the quarry there. They blast very recklessly and throw rocks over the adjoining premises, and probably any neighbor would be glad to get rid of it, but I have not been able to find that there is any ground for changing the legal conditions, as I have stated them."

Mr. HENRY H. EDES said: “At our semi-annual meeting in 1900, our associate Mr. Samuel Swett Green read an interesting paper on the Craigie House. Toward the end of it he inserted in a footnote an extract from a paper read by Miss Alice M. Longfellow to the Cantabrigia Club, in which she erroneously calls Dr. Andrew Craigie's bride ‘Miss Nancy Shaw.' Mrs. Craigie was Elizabeth Shaw, only child of the Rev. Bezaliel Shaw (H. C. 1762), of Nantucket, and cousin-german to Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw. I call attention to Miss Longfellow's error in order that our Publications may contain an accurate statement of Mrs. Craigie's baptismal name.

It was voted that the papers of the day be referred to the Committee of Publication. The meeting was then dissolved, most of the members repairing to the Hotel Somerset for lunch.

CHARLES A. CHASE,

Recording Secretary.

1 In Volume VII. of the Publications of The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, in the Transactions at the stated meeting in April, 1902, will be found some reminiscences of Dr. Andrew Craigie of Cambridge, written by the late Mr. John Holmes (H. C. 1832). In the editorial notes appended to these reminiscences are many interesting facts concerning Dr. and Mrs. Craigie.

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REPORT OF THE COUNCIL.

The Council are glad to report that with one exception our ranks are unbroken by death.

By vote of the Council the Treasurer, in consultation with the President, has been authorized to procure bookplates (with engraved portraits) of Isaiah Thomas, our founder and first president, and of our fifth president, the late Stephen Salisbury, and this is being done.

Mr. Nathaniel Paine has completed the Contents of the Society's Proceedings 1880–1903, which was recently announced, and it is in print ready for distribution. This has involved much labor and will be highly appreciated by all interested in that period.

Our associate Mr. Andrew McFarland Davis has presented to the Society about three hundred and fifty copies of his book, “The Confiscation of John Chandler's Estate," and about the same number of his work, “Tracts Relating to the Currency, 1681-1720.The former of these publications contains a review of the law relating to the confiscation of the estates of loyalists, and furnishes through copies of the papers in the Proceedings an object lesson for lawyers. The latter contains reprints of the pamphlet literature of the period on the Currency question. There is room enough on the shelves of the libraries of the country for all of these books, although it may take several years for them to find their ultimate destination.

Dr. G. Stanley Hall has prepared a memoir of the late Prof. H. B. Adams, and Dr. Jameson has prepared memoirs of the late Sir John G. Bourinot and Dr. Douglas Brymner.

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