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of the Committee on Admissions. (Applause.) Without him, I do not see how we could very well get along. (Applause.) The Secretary will now read the list of standing committees appointed by my successor.

Mr. Massie then read list of standing committees for ensuing year.

(See Appendix.)

Mr. A. W. Patterson, of Richmond: Mr. President, at the meeting of the Executive Committee last evening I had the honor to be elected chairman; and speaking on its behalf this morning, I desire to say something which ought to be of exceeding moment to those whom it concerns. These annual meetings of our Association, as you gentlemen know, culminate in a banquet. This banquet will be held in the dining-room tomorrow evening at 8:30. The Secretary has tickets for all of those who have registered and qualified otherwise.

I am also requested to announce that immediately after the meeting this morning, the photograph of the Association, which is also an important feature of our meetings, will be taken by the official photographer just outside of the building here, and all of our inembers are requested to be present. These pictures become of very great historical interest as the years go by, and those of us who treasure them up find them very valuable. The ladies are invited to be present and adorn the picture.

Mr. Stickley: Mr. President, I desire to announce that the Committee on Admissions will meet for organization at the speaker's desk as soon as we adjourn.

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The President: Gentlemen of the Association, the distinguished gentleman who has consented to deliver the annual address before the Association this year is a native of the State of Virginia, and an alumnus of the University of Virginia, and an honored member of the Supreme Court of his adopted State, Missouri. (Applause.) While I am sure that his address will commend itself to the Association on its own merits, I would

like to say, from my personal intercourse with this gentleman, that he loves our dear old Virginia as much as we do. I introduce the Honorable James B. Gantt. (Applause.)

Judge Gantt then delivered the annual address.

(Sce Appendix.)

Judge R. T. W. Duke, of Charlottesville: Mr. President, I move you, sir, that the Virginia State Bar Association express its admiration and gratitude to the distinguished jurist who has just addressed us, by a rising vote of thanks. Unanimously adopted.

Mr. S. S. P. Patteson, of Richmond : Mr. President, I desire to offer the following resolution:

Whereas, the few surviving county records of Virginia for the seventeenth century are incomparably the most valuable in existence for the light which they throw on the early administration of justice, and the origin and condition of her colonial forefathers, whether social, religious, political or economical;

And whereas a large number of these ancient records are now in the state of tattered and mutilated volumes, without any backs, and fast becoming illegible by the fading of the handwriting and the decay of the paper from age or neglect;

And whereas in some of the county clerks' offices, largely owing to the entire lack of proper mechanical facilities, these priceless volumes are left, like so much useless rubbish, to rust in thick dust on the tops of bookcases and shelves, or to lie in piles upon the floor, exposed to constant dampness and the depredations of insects and other vermin, which will soon destroy .what has escaped the corruption of time;

Ind whereas in the year 1892 the General Assembly of Virginia appropriated the sum of $5,000 to copy these records down to the year 1700, for preservation in the State Library, but the sum proved insufficient and only a part of the records were transcribed—viz, the records of York, Henrico, Surry, Elizabeth City, Essex and Rappahannock Counties;

And whereas it is pre-eminently the duty and the privilege of the Bar Association of Virginia to exert all the influence and use all the means in its power to have the records of our earliest courts of justice preserved with the utmost and unremitting care, as a sacred trust for the students of our legal, social and political institutions in the remote past :

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed, with instructions to petition the Legislature to appropriate such a sum as will meet the expenses of continuing and completing the work already authorized by the General Assembly.


The following committee was then •appointed under said resolution: S. S. P. Patteson, W. R. Meredith, William A. Jones, George McIntosh and T. S. Garnett.

On motion, the Association then adjourned, subject to the call of the Executive Committee.



Annual Reports


Report of Treasurer

To the Virginia State Bar Association:

I submit herewith, as prescribed by Article II. of the By-Laws, a report of the transactions of this office from July 1, 1901, to August 1, 1902. I began the year with a balance of $989.79, and ended with a balance of $1,107.08 in the treasury; the sum of $200.00 referred to in former reports having been passed to the general account. Our financial history is summarized in the following table:

Annual Accounts.

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Frequent applications have been made to all delinquents for their dues, and three members have been dropped for the non-payment thereof by order of the Executive Committee. I now report that, Forty-eight members owe $5.00 each...

$240 00 Thirteen members owe $10.00 each..

130 00 Five members owe $15.00 each..

75 00 Six members owe $20.00 each.

120 00

Total delinquency

$565 00

The following is a summarized statement of my transactions for the year ending August 1, 1902:

1.-Receipts and Disbursements.

As will appear from the accounts filed herewith (which have been examined and certified by the Auditing Committee), the total receipts for the current year have been $3,245.96, as follows: Balance on hand as per last report....

$ 989 79 Admission fees, annual dues for current year and dues collected from delinquent members.....

2,200 00 Interest on certificate on deposit in State Bank.

34 67 Cash from sale of Reports...

16 50 Cash from sale of tickets to John Marshall banquet.

5 00

Total receipts, as above..
And the total expenditures have been.

$3,245 96 2,138 88

Leaving in the treasury a balance of...

$1,107 08

The expenditures are classified as follows:
Annual dinner and other expenses at the White Sulphur
Springs, West Virginia, August 6, 7 and 8, 1901.

$ 568 71 Stenographer at annual meeting..

96 00 Salary of Secretary and Treasurer.

300 00 Printing, wrapping, stamping and mailing reports of Thir

teenth Annual Meeting and extra copies of addresses and papers

671 98 Stamps and envelopes for correspondence.

168 91 Rent for fifteen months....

156 25 Incidentals, printing circulars, express, telegrams, etc.

92 50 Traveling expenses of J. S. Bryan and Eugene C. Massie on business of Executive Committee..

58 53 Insurance

26 00


$2,138 88

II.-Outstanding Obligations.

There are at present no outstanding obligations.

III.--Resources and Probable Expenses.

The resources of the Association for the coming year are estimated at $3,107.08, as follows: Balance now in treasury....

$1,107 08 Annual dues from 400 members at $5.00 each...

2,000 00

Total estimated resources, as above..

$3,107 08

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