The Journal of the American-Irish Historical Society (Vol. II)
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HON. THOMAS J. GARGAN, Boston, Mass.,
President-General of the Society.
INTRODUCTORY NOTE TO SECOND VOLUME.
I take great pleasure in presenting the second volume of theJournal to the Society. In so doing, I desire to acknowledgemany courtesies received from various sources during its preparation.I have also been favored with ideas and suggestionsregarding the work and, where practicable, have incorporatedthe same. The present volume, covering the year 1899, showsan increase in scope over the preceding one, a fact typifyingthe Society’s growth in the field of American historical organizations.
THE AMERICAN-IRISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
When and Where Founded.
The American-Irish Historical Society was founded on the eveningof Jan. 20, 1897, at a meeting called for that purpose, and heldin the Revere House, Boston, Mass. Over forty gentlemen werepresent. The Hon. Thomas J. Gargan of Boston presided. ThomasHamilton Murray, then editor of the Daily Sun, Lawrence, Mass.,was secretary of the meeting.
The Preliminary Work.
The provisional committee that had attended to the preliminarywork included Mr. Murray, just mentioned; James Jeffrey Roche,editor of the Boston Pilot; Joseph Smith, secretary of the policecommission, Lowell, Mass.; Thomas B. Lawler of the publishinghouse, Ginn & Company, Boston, Mass., and Hon. John C. Linehan,state insurance commissioner, Concord, N. H.
Objects and Purposes.
The Society is organized for the special study of the Irish elementin the composition of the American people; to investigate andrecord the influence of this element in the upbuilding of the nation,and to collect and publish facts relating to and illustrating thatinfluence. The Society aims to correct erroneous, distorted andfalse views of history, where they are known, and to substitutetherefor the truth of history, based on documentary evidence andthe best and most reasonable tradition, in relation to the Irish inAmerica.
Speaking More In Detail.
Speaking more in detail, it may be stated that the objects andpurposes of the Society are: The study of American history generally;to investigate, specially, the Irish immigration to this country,determine its numbers, examine the sources, learn the places of itssettlement, and estimate its influence on contemporary events inwar, legislation, religion, education, and other departments of activity;to place the result of its historical investigations and researches6in acceptable literary form; to print, publish, and distribute its documentsto libraries, educational institutions, and among its members,in order that the widest dissemination of historical truth may be obtained;to do its work without passion or prejudice, to view accomplishedfacts in the true scientific historical spirit, and havingreached the truth to give it to the world.
Any male person of good moral character, who is interested in thespecial work of the Society, shall be deemed eligible for membershipin the same. No tests other than that of character and devotion tothe Society’s objects shall be applied to membership. Applicationblanks may be obtained of the secretary-general.
The Mode of Admission.
The Society believes that for the present as little red tape as possibleshould prevail in the admission of applicants. A large membershipis desired. Consequently, a request to be enrolled addressedto the secretary-general, to any of the members of the ExecutiveCouncil, or to a member of the Society who is located in theneighborhood of the applicant, will generally be sufficient to effectthe desired result. It is recommended, however, that persons desiringadmission shall obtain the blanks provided by the Society, forapplicants.
The Fees of Members.
Life members pay $50 in advance at one time; they are exemptfrom further membership dues. Annual members pay three dollarsper year each. In the case of new members, of the annual class,their first payment should be made upon being officially notified oftheir admission.
No Lines of Creed or Politics.
The Society is constructed on a broad and liberal basis. Beingan American organization in spirit and principle, it greets and welcomesto its ranks Americans of whatever race descent, and ofwhatever creed, who take an interest in the special line of work forwhich the Society is organized. It at present includes RomanCatholics, Protestant Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians,Unitarians, and members of other denominations. Catholic priestsand Protestant ministers are on its roll. There are no creed linesand no politics in the policy of the organization.
Officers of The Society.
The officers comprise a president-general, a vice-president-general,a secretary-general, a treasurer-general, a librarian and archivist,an historiographer (not yet elected), and an Executive Council. Theconstitution also provides for a vice-president for each state andterritory and for the District of Columbia. It is proposed toeventually organize state and city chapters of the Society. A list ofthe present officers will be found contained herein.
The First President-General.
The first president-general of the Society was Richard WorsamMeade, 3d, rear-admiral, U. S. N. (retired). He was born in NewYork city, Oct. 9, 1837, at the home of his maternal grandfather,Judge Henry Meigs, which family has given many officers to theUnited States navy. He was the oldest son of the late Capt. RichardWorsam Meade, 2d, U. S. N., and was a nephew of the late Gen.George Gordon Meade, who for two years commanded the Army ofthe Potomac. President-General Meade died in Washington, D. C.,May 4, 1897. His obsequies took place in that city. The Societycontributed a floral harp. Among the mourners there were presentfrom the Society Edward A. Moseley, secretary of the InterstateCommerce Commission; Paymaster John R. Carmody, U. S. N.; J.D. O’Connell of the U. S. Treasury Department, and Capt. JohnM. Tobin, all of Washington, D. C.
Meetings and Field Day.
Provision is made for quarterly meetings of the Society andmonthly meetings of the Executive Council. As far as possible,each meeting, especially those of the Council, is held in a city orstate different from the one where the preceding meeting was held.This prevents the Society from becoming merely local to any onestate or city, and makes it what its founders intended it to be—anational body. A general field day of the organization is held annuallyin the summer or fall. The annual meeting for the election ofofficers is held in January.
Diploma of Membership.
Each member will be entitled to a diploma of membership, bearingthe name of the Society, the date of his admission, and suchother appropriate matter as may be decided upon. These certificateswill be signed by the president-general, the secretary-general,8the treasurer-general, and one or two other officers, and will besuitable for display in office, library, or study.
The Society’s Publications.
The Society issues an annual volume, called the Journal of theorganization, handsomely printed and substantially bound in cloth.This volume is illustrated, contains a record of the Society’s proceedings,papers contributed by the members as the result of originalresearch, extracts from old documents bearing upon the Irish in thiscountry, and matter of similar interest, much of it, indeed, of almostpriceless value. A copy of the Journal is annually given free toeach member in good standing. The Society also issues specialpublications from time to time for the members.
OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY, 1899.
James Jeffrey Roche, LL. D., Editor The Pilot, Boston, Mass.
Maurice Francis Egan, LL. D., J. U. D., Professor of English Languageand Literature, Catholic University, Washington, D. C.
Robert Ellis Thompson, Ph. D., President Central High School, Philadelphia,Pa.
10Thomas Addis Emmet, M. D., LL. D., grand nephew of Robert Emmet,the Irish Patriot, New York City.
Hon. Thomas Dunn English, the well known writer; ex-Member of Congress,Newark, N. J.
Francis C. Travers, President of Travers Brothers Co., 107 Duane St.,New York City.
Stephen J. Geoghegan, of the firm Gillis & Geoghegan, 537–539 WestBroadway, New York City.
Joseph Smith, Secretary of the Board of Police, Lowell, Mass.
Augustus St. Gaudens, Member of the National Academy of Design,New York City.
Hon. Morgan J. O’Brien, a Justice of the New York Supreme Court.
Francis Higgins, 12 East 34th St., New York City.
John Crane, 307 West 103d St., New York City.
Hon. James S. Coleman, 38 East 69th St., New York City.
Joseph F. Swords, New York City; of the fourth American generationfrom Francis Dawson Swords, who was exiled from Ireland, 1760, andwho served in the Patriot army throughout the American Revolution.
- Maine—James Cunningham, Portland.
- New Hampshire—James F. Brennan, Peterborough.
- Vermont—John D. Hanrahan, M. D., Rutland.
- Massachusetts—Osborne Howes, Boston.
- Rhode Island—Dennis H. Sheahan, Providence.
- Connecticut—John F. Hayes, M. D., Waterbury.
- New York—Gen. James R. O’Beirne, New York City.
- New Jersey—Hon. William A. M. Mack, Elizabeth.
- Pennsylvania—Gen. St. Clair A. Mulholland, Philadelphia.
- Delaware—Col. John P. Donahoe, WILMINGTON.
- Virginia—Hon. Joseph T. Lawless, Richmond.
- West Virginia—Col. O’Brien Moore, Charleston.
- South Carolina—Hon. M. C. Butler, Edgefield.
- Georgia—Hon. Patrick Walsh, Augusta. (Died March 19, 1899.)
- Ohio—Rev. George W. Pepper, Cleveland. (Died August 6, 1899.)
- Indiana—Very Rev. Andrew Morrissey, C.