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There being no objection to any name read, those gentlemen are declared elected.
At this point a recess of fifteen minutes was taken to enable new members to sign the roll and give an opportunity to nominate members of the General Council.
Upon reassembling, Luke P. Poland read the following nominations for the General Council, and they were elected by the Association :
Alabama, H. C. Semple; Arkansas, M. M. Cohn; California, Manuel Eyre; Connecticut, Johnson T. Platt; Delaware, Ignatius C. Grubb; District of Columbia, Henry Wise Garnett; Georgia, George A. Mercer; Illinois, Thomas Dent; Indiana, R. S. Taylor ; Iowa, George G. Wright; Kentucky, E. F. Trabue; Louisiana, Thomas L. Bayne; Maryland, R. M. Venable; Massachusetts, M. F. Dickinson, Jr.; Michigan, H. L. Baker; Maine, A. A. Strout; Minnesota, H. F. Stevens; Mississippi, R. O. Reynolds; Missouri, Shepard Barclay; Nebraska, C. F. Manderson ; New Hampshire, J. W. Fellows; New Jersey, C. Borcherling; New York, David Dudley Field; North Carolina, T. B. Keogh; Ohio, E. P. Green; Pennsylvania, A. T. McClintock; Rhode Island, Nicholson Van Slyck; South Carolina, C. A. Woods; Tennessee, J. O. Pierce; Texas, Jacob Waelder; Vermont. Luke P. Poland; Virginia, S. F. Beach; West Virginia, J. A. Hutchinson; Wisconsin, A. L. Cary.
The next business in order is the report of the Secretary, which will now be read.
(See the Report, at the end of the Minutes.)
The next business in order is the report of the Executive Committee.
Luke P. Poland, of Vermont :
I have not had an opportunity for a conference with the other members of the committee, and I should prefer, therefore, to present the report later.
Judge Poland asks for an extension of time. There being no objection, the extension is granted.
David Dudley Field, of New York:
Mr. President, I wish to observe that the report of the Committee on Delay and Uncertainty in Judicial Administration has been printed, and I will ask leave to present it formally, that it may be distributed among members before the discussion upon it to-morrow.
If there is no objection, both reports of that committee will be regarded as formally presented by Mr. Field.
Luke P. Poland :
that is announced on our programme for tomorrow evening, I understand, will not be presented. The gentleman will not be here for the purpose of reading his paper, and therefore I move that the time be given to the discussion of the reports presented by Mr. Field, should the same not be finished to-morrow morning.
If there is no objection, that order will be followed. I would now name as the Committee on Publication: Henry C. Semple, of Alabama ; A. Q. Keasbey, of New Jersey: Edwin P. Green, of Ohio; M. F. Dickinson, Jr., of Massachusetts; and Thomas L. Bayne, of Louisiana.
On motion of William E. Earle, of the District of Columbia, seconded by John F. Dillon, of New York, the Secretary was
directed to convey by telegraph to Edward Otis Hinkley the regrets of the members here assembled at his inability to be present, and expressing the sympathy of the Association for him in his affliction.
W. H. H. Russell, of New York, offered the following amendment to Article XIII of the By-Laws, which was referred to the Executive Committee:
A member who has been dropped from the roll for non-payment of dues may be restored to membership by the Executive Committee upon the payment of all back dues. Provided such restoration shall be recommended by a member of the Local Council of his state, or in their absence, at an annual meeting by any two members of the Association.
Rufus King, of Ohio:
The subject of the evils arising from the multiplicity of reports should be made the order for to-morrow morning, immediately after the reports of the standing committees. In printing the programme this was omitted, and I speak of it now that the order which was made at the last meeting may be followed.
Henry C. Semple, of Alabama:
At the last meeting, the latter part of the report of the committee, composed of the President, Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Russell, relating to the supervision of the criminal classes, was received by the Association, upon motion of Mr. Russell, and its consideration and discussion postponed until this meeting. I rise now to inquire at what time that will come up for consideration.
Simeon E. Baldwin, of Connecticut:
Mr. President, as I understand it, the report of the standing committee will be presented to-morrow morning, and from the report of the Secretary it will be observed that a number of reports are to be made on subjects of more or less importance from standing committees. It is of course for the meeting to order when any report will be taken up.
Henry C. Semple:
I move, then, that the discussion of that subject be taken up immediately after the disposition of the matter of the report of the committee of which Mr. Field is chairman.
On motion, the meeting adjourned until 7 30 P. M.
Wednesday Evening, 8 P. M. The President: The meeting will come to order. The Secretary:
The Boston Bar Association have sent two delegates to this meeting, viz., George 0. Shattuck and Lauriston L. Scaife.
The first business before the Association this evening will be the reading of a paper by Mr. Johnson T. Platt, of Connecticut, on “ The Opportunity for the Development of Jurisprudence in the United States.” I take great pleasure in introducing Mr. Platt to the Association.
I move you, sir, that the Committee on Judicial Administration have leave now to report upon the subject which was made, at the last meeting of the Association, the special order for tomorrow morning.
I will state the manner in which this subject arose, and why it is that I am to ask the Association to listen to some observations which I have made upon it.
(See the Report, in the Appendix.)
The President :
As there does not seem to be a disposition to discuss this report, perhaps owing to the lateness of the hour, a motion to adjourn would be in order.
On motion, the meeting adjourned until Thursday morning at 10 o'clock.
SECOND DAY. ·
Thursday, August 19, 10 A. M. The President: The meeting will please come to order.
order. The first business in order this morning is the annual address, to be delivered by Thomas J. Semmes, of Louisiana, whom I now have the honor of introducing to the Association.
(See the Address, in the Appendix.) The President:
The next business in order is reports from standing committees. The Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform is first.
Simeon E. Baldwin, of Connecticut:
The Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform has three or four different reports to present to the Association, as follows:
(See the Reports, in the Appendix.)
Simeon E. Baldwin moved that the report on the rule of law relating to creditors of insolvent debtors be received and the committee discharged.
B. A. Willis, of New York, moved that the consideration of the whole subject be deferred to the next annual meeting.
The President suggested that the report be first accepted, which was done, whereupon the motion of Mr. Willis was put to a vote and carried, and all the reports of this committee were thus disposed of.
Luke P. Poland, of Vermont :
A resolution was introduced and referred to the committee for the amendment of By-Law XIII. The Executive