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HONORARY AND CORRESPONDING MEMBERS.
S. AUSTIN ALLIBONE,
Philadelphia, Pa. . . Providence, R. I. - - New York.
- Providence, R. 1. . . Boston, Mass. - - Hartford, Ct.
. New York. . . . New York,
· · · Buffalo. · · Harvard College. . . Morrisania. . Cambridge, Mass.
New York. - - Boston, Mass.
. - Boston, Mass. · · · New York.
· Boston, Mass. . - New Orleans, La.
. Washington. D. C. . . Boston, Mass.
East Greenwich, R. 1. . - Boston, Mass.
. Philadelphia, Pa. . . Worcester, Mass.
. Washington, D. C. . . . New York.
. Greenwich, England. - - - - New York.
. . New York. - - East Guilford, Ct.
. . Poughkeepsie. . - Philadelphia, Pa.
Baltimore, Md. - - New York. - - Boston, Mass. - - St. Paul, Min.
- - - Albany. - - - Jamaica.
. Worcester, Mass. .
Boston, Mass. - - Boston, Mass. - - Newark Valley.
HONORARY AND CORRESPONDING MEMBERS.
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U.S. Consul, Mauritius. - · New York.
· Albany. . . New York. . . . Utica.
· New York. - St. Augustine, Fa.
. . New York. . Hartford, Ct.
Tipton, Iowa. London, England. . Cambridge, Mass. . . . Ithaca.
. Newark, N. J. . . Portland, Me.
- Boston, Mass. . - Richmond, Va.
THE LONG ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
The Directors of the Long Island Historical Society have great pleasure in presenting to the members of that institution, and to all interested in historical research, the second volume of the Memoirs of the Society. The subject treated in it is one of peculiar and permanent interest, not only to those connected by birth or residence with Long Island, but to all students of American History. And it must be regarded as a fortunate circumstance that the collection of Documents connected with the Revolutionary movements on this Island, and the preparation of the extended and graphic Introductory Narrative which in great part is founded upon these Documents, have been committed to hands so diligent and so capable as those the result of whose labors is here presented.
It is of course not to be expected that all the views, of men and of their actions, which are set forth by Mr. Field, in his vigorous and eloquent Introduction, will command the assent of all readers of the volume. But the Directors are confident that even those who may differ from him most widely will recognize the zeal which has animated his efforts, the industry which has marked them, and the kindness of spirit, and the general good judgment, by which they have been guided. If, at any points, his conclusions in regard to the important get sometimes obscure events which have furnished his theme should be found to be erroneous, the Documents, to which his Narrative is introductory, will probably supply the means for the proof and illustration of the fact.
The Directors rejoice to believe that, by the publication of this volume, those now living in the populous and prosperous city over whose then scarcely occupied territory the tide of battle once surged and swung, will find a fresh interest attaching hereafter to localities that have hitherto seemed commonplace, and will feel more deeply at how great a price, of heroism and of life, their present heritage of liberty and of peace was purchased for them.
Since the first volume of the Memoirs of the Society was published, in 1867, the institution, which was then just completing the fourth year of its existence, has steadily advanced, in the number of its members, in the amount of its funds, and in the extent, variety, and value of its collections.
It numbers at present 300 life members, 958 annual members, with 59 honorary and corresponding members.
Its Library has been increased by numerous additions, many of them rare and costly; and it now contains more than seventeen thousand volumes, with more than nineteen thousand unbound volumes and pamphlets. As a collection for general use, in the way of reference and consultation, it ranks already among the best in the State. It is especially rich in the departments of American History and Biography, French History, the history of Fine Art, of the Natural Sciences, and of the Science and Art of Medicine. Its range, however, is very wide, and students in almost any department of research will find something in it to reward their attention, and to assist their efforts.
To the Medical department of the Library large additions have been made, during the year past, through the liberal contributions of members of the Kings County Medical Society, and through the gift, by Mrs. De Witt C. Enos, of the large and well selected library of her deceased husband, a distinguished and lamented physician in the city.
Mrs. Maria Cary has added to our permanent funds the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars, the interest of which is to be applied to maintain and enlarge the department of American Biography, in memory of her husband, the late Mr. William H. Cary.
Original copies of the Musée Français, the Musée Royal, the Orleans Gallery, the Madrid Gallery, with many other extensive and costly illustrated works, have been added to our collections in the department of Fine Art.
The catalogue of the Library has been completed, and whatever is to be found upon our shelves is thus brought within the easy reach of any who may seek it.
Valuable contributions have at the same time been made to the Museum of the Society, of relics and memorials, specimens of natural history, paintings and curiosities; and a collection of ancient and modern coins and medals has been gathered and presented, by Mr. Charles Storrs.
The Manuscript collections of the Society have been greatly enriched in the two years past, especially by two very important additions : the first, of an extended series of letters of the Revolutionary period, covering the years 1773 to 1790; and the second, of a series of 123 original letters of Washington, written while he was residing as President at Philadelphia, and relating principally to the management of his estates during his absence from them.
The letters last named abound in curious details, illustrating the times, and the character of the writer. They had been collected by the Hon. Edward Everett, who valued them highly, and intended
to annotate and publish them. After his death, they were pur· chased for this Society, and presented to it, by its president, Mr. James Carson Brevoort.
The collection previously mentioned had been made, and to some extent annotated, by Mr. W. Gilmore Simms, of South Carolina. It