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for its first ten years or more met in one place in a Northern state, but it did so in no spirit of geographical narrowness ; it seemed better that the plant should attain a vigorous growth before it was transplanted. The effect was an active and continuous attendance of members—members who year after year promoted the work of the Association. And yet it came to be felt that we perhaps represented the East more than the West; the North rather than the South. We changed our place of meeting and have accepted the hospitality of the Bar in many different cities. We have met in the middle West, in the Northwest and in the far West; we have met twice on the Great Lakes and once in a New England state. To-day we hold our first meeting on Southern soil. Our membership has grown and our influence has extended far and wide throughout the entire country. We are of no section. To-day the Association is, truly and in the fullest sense, an association of the Bar of the entire United States.

The President then delivered the President's Address.

(See the Appendix.) Alexander Hamilton, President of the Virginia State Bar Association :

Mr. President and Gentlemen, the Virginia State Bar Association, desiring to emphasize its words of welcome to you by some act of courtesy, extends to you, and to the ladies, and to all the members of your parties, an invitation to attend a reception this evening, after your regular meeting, at the Casino. I may add, for the benefit of those members of the Virginia State Bar Association who have remained over from our meeting, that they are, of course, expected to attend and bring their ladies with them.

The President:

The next business in order is the nomination and election of members.

(See List of New Members.)

A recess of ten minutes was then taken, after which members of the General Council were elected.

(See List of Officers at end of Minutes.) The President: The next business in order is the report of the Secretary. John Hinkley, of Maryland, Secretary, read his report.

(See the Report at end of Minutes.) The President: The report of the Treasurer is next in order.

Frederick E. Wadhams, of New York, Treasurer, read his report.

The President:

The report will be received and referred to an auditing committee.

(See the Report at end of Minutes.) The President: Next in order is the report of the Executive Committee.

The report of the Executive Committee was read by the Secretary.

The President :

The report is received and will be printed in the minutes of the Association.

(See the Report at end of Minutes.) The President:

Under the directions embodied in our Constitution, I will appoint the following committee to audit the account of the Treasurer :

Ralph W. Breckenridge, of Nebraska; Francis B. James, of Ohio.

The Secretary will now read the list of delegates accredited to this meeting.

(See List of Delegates from State and Local Bar Asso

ciations.)

The President :

I will appoint as the committee on the dinner to be given Friday evening :

Frederick E. Wadhams, of New York; S. S. P. Patteson, of Virginia ; Rome G. Brown, of Minnesota ; Walter George Smith, of Pennsylvania ; Walter I. Dawkins, of Maryland.

Henry H. Ingersoll, of Tennessee:

Mr. President, I wish to offer an amendment to the Con· stitutiont.

The President :

It would be out of order at this time unless unanimous consent is given. Is there any objection to hearing the amendment at this time? There appearing to be no objection, the gentleman from Tennessee may proceed.

Henry H. Ingersoll :

Whereas, A declared object of this Association is to promote “uniformity of legislation throughout the Union,'' which has increased in importance until it has become a chief object of the Association,

Therefore resolved, That Article III of our Constitution be amended by adding to the list of standing committees a Committee on Uniform State Laws.

I ought to explain to some of the members, perhaps, that the committee which has been acting is a special committee, and has been re-created every year for the last ten years. We have no standing committee on uniform legislation, which is probably the most important matter that we have for consideration. I offer this as an amendment to Article III of the Constitution so as to add that committee to the other standing committees of the Association.

Simeon E. Baldwin, of Connecticut :
I second the proposed amendment.
The President:

It is the impression of the Chair that the resolution will have to be put in a little different shape in order to effect the end desired. The Constitution provides that a standing committee shall consist of only five members. I would therefore suggest that the resolution lie over for the present.

Henry H. Ingersoll :

I am perfectly willing that it shall lie over until to-morrow if it may then be taken up.

The President:

I suppose it should more properly come up under the head of unfinished business on Friday morning. The language of the Constitution would not be harmonious if other changes made necessary by the amendment are not introduced at the same time.

A recess was taken until 8 o'clock P. M.

EVENING SESSION.

Wednesday, August 26, 1903, 8 P. M. The President called the meeting to order. New members were then elected.

(See List of New Members.) The President:

The Chair will ask the Secretary to read the names of the gentlemen appointed as members of the Committee on Publications.

The Secretary :
The Committee on Publications will consist of the following:

Alexander Hamilton, of Virginia ; Lawrence Maxwell, of Ohio; George Whitelock, of Maryland; Thomas Patterson, of Pennsylvania ; Edward A. Harriman, of Connecticut.

The President: Gentlemen, I have the pleasure of introducing Sir Frederick Pollock, of the English Bar, who will read a paper on “English Law Reporting.” Sir Frederick Pollock then read his paper.

(See the Appendix.)

The President :

A discussion of the subject of the very interesting paper by Sir Frederick Pollock, to which we have listened, is now in order if any discussion is desired.

If there is no discussion, we will adjourn until to-morrow morning.

The Association then adjourned until Thursday morning at 10.30 o'clock.

Second Day.

Thursday, August 27, 1903, 10.30 A. M. The President called the meeting to order. New members were then elected.

(See List of New Members.) The President:

Gentlemen, I have the very great pleasure of introducing to the Association Judge Colt, of Providence, Rhode Island, Circuit Judge of the United States for the First Circuit, who will address us on the subject of “ Law and Reasonableness.”

Le Baron B. Colt, of Rhode Island, then delivered the Annual Address.

(See the Appendix.) The President:

The next business in order is the report of the Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform.

P. W. Meldrim, of Georgia : Mr. President, There has been no matter referred to the committee, and therefore we will not present any formal re

port.

The President:

The next committee is the Committee on Judicial Administration and Remedial Procedure, of which Mr. McCrary, of New York, is ghairman.

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