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If the jury is not enlightened, and is perverse or prejudiced, the case receives a serious setback,-at least temporarily.

If now we apply the analogy to the field of historical writing, we may assume that the counsel is represented by the average historical writer, usually prejudiced and uncritical. The judge is represented by the exceptional or judicial historian, sound in judgment, sane in tone, and fully able to sum up the case in a comprehensive manner. But, in the last place, the jury is represented by the great public, in all civilized countries, among whom something analogous to “public sentiment” makes itself manifest, and is modified, more or less profoundly, from decade to decade. Since, therefore, it is the business of some to write history, soberly, it likewise falls to the lot of others to read history, sanely.

One of the latest additions to the literature of historical method is the 2d volume of the proceedings of the "Congress of arts and science-Universal Exposition, St. Louis, 1904," edited by Howard J. Rogers, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, & Co., 1906. At p. 1-152 of this volume, under the sub-heading, "Historical science," are valuable papers by Woodrow Wilson, William M. Sloane, Jomes H. Robinson, Karl Lamprecht, and John B. Bury.

Throughout the foot-notes to the foregoing paper, the aim has been to cite the references in a somewhat detailed form, as an aid to the bibliographical study of the subject. The writer has received much valuable assistance from Miss Mabel E. Emerson, of the Reference Department of the Providence Public Library, in connection with the bibliographical citations. As already stated above, Mr. J. I. Wyer, Jr.'s "Bibliography," at p. 559-612 of v. 1 of the "Annual report” of the American Historical Association, for 1899, is invaluable, for the material published up to that year.


Prof. ANSON D. MORSE of Amherst has found it impossible to get ready for publication his paper "The Principles of Thomas Jefferson," which he read at the April meeting. It will appear in a later number of the Proceedings.

For Committee of Publication,


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The seventeenth volume of the present series contains the records of the Proceedings of the Society from April 26, 1905 to April 25, 1906 inclusive.

The reports of the Council have been prepared by Samuel Utley, Carroll D. Wright and Nathaniel Paine.

Papers and communications have been received from Andrew McF. Davis, Daniel Merriman, Victor H. Paltsits, Samuel Utley, Carroll D. Wright, David Casares, William MacDonald, Edward H. Thompson, Edward G. Bourne, William E. Foster, and Nathaniel Paine.

Obituary notices of the following deceased members appear in this volume: Herbert B. Adams, Horatio Rogers, Sir John George Bourinot, Douglas Brymner, Frank P. Goulding, Charles K. Adams, Henry Hitchcock, Stephen Salisbury, George F. Hoar, Louis A. Huguet-Latour, James H. Salisbury, Sefior Joaquin Hübbe, James D. Butler and Samuel P. Langley.


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Bar Association. Page 136, line 20, insert William before Henry. Page 156, line 29, for Walcott read Wolcott. Page 191, line 42, for Vinocradoff read Vinogradoff. Page 194, line 40, or Hamilton, P. Walter read Hamilton, F. Walter. Page 243, line 29, for Chid read Chi. Page 244, line 34, for May read Ay. Page 246, line 24, for Pinrus, read Pinkus. Page 257 line 2n for days read years. Page 312, line 4n omit The late. Cover to Part 3 for Annual Meeting held in Worcester read Semi-Annual

Meeting held in Boston.

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