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Philoclean Society of Rutgers College Records


  • 1825-1927

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Philoclean Society cover the years 1825-1927. The majority of the records derive from the original society, which was active from 1825 to approximately 1896-97. Within this span, the greatest number and most complete documentation dates from the 1830's and 1840's, with the 1850's following closely. These records reflect the society in its healthiest and most active period. The 1860's and 1870's are less well represented, and even fewer records survive from the early 1880's. Documentation of the society's activities from the late 1880's up until the cessation is limited to a few minutes of meetings from 1890, and a new constitution in 1894. Increasingly, the later records touch on the issue of the society's decline. The records of the original Philoclean Society were recovered from the attic of Old Queens around 1914 or 1915, along with the records of the Peithessophian Society.

The records of the regrouped Philoclean Society, which started in 1907 and ran through 1932, form a significantly smaller part of this collection. Primary documentation of the reformed Society is limited to minutes from 1907 to 1915, a new constitution adopted in 1915, inaugural addresses from 1918 and 1919, and a single letter from 1913. The activity of the Society from 1920 onward is evidenced in the collection only through newspaper clippings from the Targum and Home News announcing meetings, lectures, and banquets. More information on this under documented period can be found in the Scarlet Letter, the Rutgers College yearbook, which provides membership rolls and brief highlights of the group's activities .

The records are arranged in series that reflect either document type or office of origin. Some examples of document type series are Correspondence, Minutes, and Addresses. Examples of series that correspond to office of origin are Committee Records, Treasurer's Records, and Librarian's Records. Not all offices have separate series; the documents related to the work of the President are in a number of series, but figure prominently in Addresses. All the records in this collection are manuscript with the exception of a small amount of print material comprising of addresses given jointly before the two literary societies and printed by the society, ephemera (mostly invitations to debates and exhibitions), a catalog of the library's holdings from 1875, and newspaper clippings. These items are filed in the appropriate series. All documents are arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted.

During the processing of the collection the previous groupings of like materials has been maintained in developing the nine series listed below, although certain groups have been expanded or moved to make it easier to use. Previously, the bound volumes were grouped by function in one series and all the loose documents were in another series. The loose documents, with the exception of the Treasurer's Reports and the alphabetically filed correspondence, were filed together regardless of office of origin/function. These loose documents have been sorted and are now interfiled with the bound items, when appropriate. Some new subgroups have emerged from sorting the loose documents including Intersociety Communications, found in the Correspondence series, Committee of Inquiry Reports, found in the Committee Records series, and Librarian's Reports, found in the Librarian's Records series.


6.4 Cubic Feet (16 manuscript boxes)

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Records of the Philoclean Society of Rutgers College, founded on December 8, 1825, the second of two college literary societies established in the nineteenth century.

Administrative History of the Philoclean Society of Rutgers College


College literary societies played important social, intellectual, and educational roles in nineteenth century higher learning. Through the literary societies students developed the skills of rhetoric and statesmanship that helped more fully utilize the classical education being taught in college classrooms. Rhetorical skills were honed through the writing of essays, orations before the society, and participation in debates. The societies also sought to increase their members exposure to literature by establishing private libraries that were often more diverse than that of the college. Society libraries contained a wide range of essays, novels, poetry in such areas as literature, philosophy, science, and religion. Correspondence soliciting honorary membership with intellectual, political, and religious leaders further fostered the sense of belonging to the world of learning and power. Another important function of the literary societies was to develop leadership skills through self government. Literary societies had their own constitutions and by-laws which governed the working of the society and demanded hard work and discipline from its members. Literary societies were encouraged by both faculty and college administrators, who recognized their importance to a well rounded and truly effective college education. Though providing encouragement, most colleges offered little in the way of financial assistance. Most societies were able to support themselves through membership dues, fines, and donations from alumnae and honorary members.

Most of the colonial colleges, including Queen's College, developed literary societies in the 18th century. The heyday of literary societies came in the first half of the 19th century with a profusion of new colleges springing up across the nation, and with them, literary societies, usually two rival societies at each institution. During this period, no self-respecting student would consider not belonging to one of the literary societies. The increasing popularity of fraternities and intercollegiate sports in the latter half of the century signaled a change in dynamics of extracurricular campus life, moving from an era dominated by one activity to another where multiple activities coexisted and flourished. Eventually fraternities would eclipse literary societies as the dominant social forces on campus, but for most of the second half of the century both would serve important functions and actively coexist.

The first literary societies at Rutgers were the Athenian and Polemical Societies of Queen's College. The Polemical Society is known only through references in letters written to and from John Bogart, a graduate of Queen's College and tutor during the Revolutionary War. Minutes of the Athenian Society survive as "Transactions of the Athenian Society, 1776-1786," available in the University Archives. The instability of the college itself at that time, which was forced to close a number of times, affected the continuance of the literary societies. With the college opening it doors again at the turn of the century the Calleopean Society was formed around 1810, and quickly established a library of over 200 books. However, the society did not last long and the college itself fell on hard times and was again forced to close. The reopening of Queen's College as Rutgers College in 1825 proved to be auspicious for the college, beginning a span of uninterrupted education that continues to this day. That first term in 1825 immediately heralded the founding of the Philoclean and Peithessophian literary societies that would feature prominently in the life of the college for the next 70 years.

The Philoclean Society of Rutgers College was founded December 8th, 1825 under the auspices of William Craig Brownlee, a professor of Greek and Roman languages. The name "Philoclean" is taken from the Greek meaning "glory loving" and is pronounced with the accent on the second syllable. The rival Peithessophian Society had been started just weeks before, enlisting the entire senior class as charter members. Thus, Philoclean's charter membership was of necessity drawn from the junior and sophomore classes, marking the beginning of the well-matched rivalry that would last for the duration of the two societies' existence. Throughout their history, the societies would affectionately be referred to as "Philo" and "Peitho" by students and alumni. Professor Brownlee drew up the original constitution, but in 1828 and again in 1831 the students revised the constitution to modernize his arcane wording and clarify the goals and activities of the society. The constitution as adopted in 1831 served the society, with amendments and revisions, through the 1880's.

The society performed three clearly defined functions. The first was to improve the members skills in declamation, composition, and debate through compulsory participation by all members in one of these areas at the weekly meeting. The second was to provide access to literature through the society's lending library. Members diligently paid dues each semester and showed great enterprise in procuring donations to build and maintain a library that equaled the collection of Rutgers College in size and boasted considerably more diversity. The third function of the society was to administer and participate in, jointly with the Peithessophian Society, two of the most important annual events on campus. These were the Junior Exhibition and the Commencement week oration. The Junior Exhibition started in 1826 and thereafter became a permanent part of Rutgers College life until 1923. The event was held the night before commencement, often in a local church, and attracted a large and sometimes raucous crowd that often included townsfolk. Each society selected four juniors to speak at the event, putting the reputation of the society on the line. Particularly in the era before intercollegiate sports, the Junior Exhibition was a source of great excitement and intense rivalry. Additionally, each society was responsible for securing a commencement week speaker on alternate years. The speaker might be a distinguished alumnus or well know public figure. The more notable of these commencement addresses were printed and sold by the sponsoring society. It should be noted that during the 19th century, commencement was an important event, often attracting spectators from the town of New Brunswick and beyond.

Another important activity of the society was to the solicitation of literary, religious, and scientific leaders of the day to become Honorary members of the society. This solicitation was serious business and a source of great rivalry between the societies. No one could be an honorary member of both the Philoclean and the Peithessophian societies. Honorary members were a valuable asset to the society in terms of prestige, as possible future orators, and as potential donors of money or books. In fact, it was fairly routine that upon a persons acceptance of honorary membership, the society would very soon follow up with a request that they speak before the two societies at commencement.

The meetings of Philoclean were held each week on Fridays behind closed doors, the proceedings of which were to be kept secret at all costs. Initially the society met in a room in Old Queens. In 1830, a new grammar school, known today as Alexander Johnston Hall, was built on the corner of College Avenue and Somerset Street and the college gave the second floor over to the two literary societies, providing each with a room to hold meetings and house their libraries. Gentlemanly conduct was required at meetings, any breech of which would result in fines and/or reprimands. The fines, along with semester membership dues, kept the society solvent. Members showed their allegiance to the society by wearing a badge and/or the blue society ribbon. The society badge was a brass six pointed star with rounded points inscribed with a Phi, the society motto, the name of the member, and date of admittance. In later years the medal was replaced by the pin format.

The 1830's saw the publication of a number of addresses given by well known speakers before joint meetings of the societies. Those published and sponsored by the Philoclean Society include those of Theodore Frelinghuysen in 1832, John D. Ogilby in 1833, and Joseph P. Bradley in 1849. Perhaps the most popular address was the one given by William Wirt in 1830, which ran through several editions and was eventually translated into several foreign languages. These publications were meant to turn a profit but did not always sell well. A notable rift with faculty started in the 1835-36 academic year with a satirical sketch entitled the "Albany Regency." This sketch sufficiently enraged the society members satirized for them to seek faculty intervention. This in turn angered other members of the society who were concerned about details of their meetings being leaked to the faculty and promptly passed a resolution prohibiting members from divulging information to the faculty. The faculty and president of Rutgers College took exception, demanding the resolutions be rescinded. Philoclean member and future Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Bradley responded with a series of manifestos and arguments pleading the society's case. Future U.S. Senator Frederick T. Frelinghuysen aided in Philo's defense. Two months later, the unresolved issue was brought before the Board of Trustees. Not surprisingly, the Board decided in favor of the faculty and the society begrudgingly rescinded their resolutions.

The next decade saw other notable political squabbles. The year 1841 brought a bitter dispute between the two societies, both claiming Professor John Proudfit as a member of the society. The Philoclean Society maintained that a tradition of professorial lineage was in place at the college. Proudfit, in filling the post vacated by Philoclean Professors John De Witt and William Brownlee, could only be a member of that society. In 1845 the Committee of Inquiry charged Peithessophian members with forcibly extracting secrets from a Philoclean member. A lengthy trial was held, but the guilt of those Peithessophians involved could not be established. Transcriptions of the testimony can be found in Committee of Inquiry records.

The same year 1845 also marked the first appearance of a secret society at Rutgers, the Delta Phi fraternity. The fraternity was seen as a threat to the society, not necessarily as a competitor, but in the ability of fraternity members to control through holding high office. This issue in 1846 brought about the resignation from the society of six members of Delta Phi. The Society refused to honor the resignation and instead threatened the six with permanent expulsion from the society. Ultimately, the six members were readmitted and the constitution amended to limit the number of fraternity members allowable at one time.

In 1848 Van Nest Hall was completed, in part, with money raised by both literary societies, providing each with sumptuous meeting rooms. The new hall brought added prestige and helped differentiate the literary societies from the fraternities, which at that time did not have permanent lodgings and were not allowed to meet on campus. Membership in either group was not exclusive, and many students were proud members of both a literary society and a fraternity. The growth of fraternities at Rutgers was relatively slow, the number rising from two in 1846 to seven in 1879. If the declining importance of literary societies was linked to growing popularity of fraternities, it was a gradual process.

The 1850's appear to be the last decade of great activity in the letter writing campaigns seeking honorary members. Though the years were not marked with great scandals as in the previous decades, internal squabbles continued. For instance, in 1855 a member of Philo was accused by the Committee of Inquiry of revealing secrets to the Peithessophian Society. In 1858 the two societies jointly edited a substantial literary publication, the Rutgers College Quarterly. This periodical appeared monthly until 1861, when publication ceased with the outbreak of the Civil War. The Society and Rutgers were able to continue, albeit with decreased rolls, during the war years.

In 1867, both societies sought to have a gate put in by Van Nest Hall to afford easier access to College Avenue. When college officials proved slow to react, a mob tore down the offending fence. During the 1860's and 1870's, interest in athletics broadened; records from this time period indicate that society members were starting to incorporate such non-literary pursuits among the groups activities. Society communications from 1873 reveal Philo challenging Peitho to a number of football and baseball games. William H. S. Demarest, future president of Rutgers College, gave his inaugural address as president of Philoclean Society in 1882. The 1880's appear to be a period of decline for the society. The rigorous requirements in debate and oratory demanded of every member in earlier times were considerable relaxed by this time. One of the few remaining activities of the society was electing orators for the Junior Exhibition. The production and preservation of society documents for the most part drops off completely by mid-decade. At some point during this period the Philoclean library was integrated into the Rutgers College library; the last recorded borrower in the Librarian's records is in 1889.

By 1890 the society had all but disappeared. In an inaugural address from 1890, the incoming president warned that "Philo is on it's last legs." A reorganized constitution was adopted in 1894, but the new constitution could not save the faltering society. The death blow was their removal, along with the Peithessophian Society, from the Junior Exhibition election process in 1894, an activity for which the societies had participated for close to 70 years. The 1898 Scarlet Letter, the student's yearbook, is the last year to contain a membership list of the original Philoclean Society. However, other sources indicate that activity may have ceased at least two years earlier. Activities of the rival Peithessophian Society also stopped at that time.

The College Congress, formed in 1899, was meant to fill the gap left by the defunct literary societies but only lasted 2-3 years. Rutgers was then without a literary society until the winter of 1907/08 when a new organization called simply the Literary Society of Rutgers College was formed. In June of 1909 this society decided to take on the proud name of one of the old societies and chose "Philoclean." The new society had a focus that differed from the original. The meetings, which were held in the Philosophy library, served as a forum to discuss literature, with less consistent attention to oration and debate. Current books, periodicals, and plays, especially those coming out of New York City, were common topics. Often a faculty member would speak at the meetings. Although developing oratorical and debating skills were no longer a top priority, the society did participate in intersociety debates.

The new Philoclean Society appeared to be less insular than the original, becoming involved in outside activities. The society founded and administered the Interscholastic Debating League for secondary schools in 1914, organized the Philalethean Literary Society at the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass College) in 1920, and launched the "Chanticleer" humor magazine in the mid-twenties. These enterprises were successful enough to later stand on their own. The Interscholastic Debating League, in particular, lasted many years and involved over one hundred secondary schools in three states. In the mid-twenties the society boasted a large membership, but by the beginning of the next decade membership declined significantly. In 1932, with student interests changing, the remains of the Peithessophian, which had reformed in 1923, and the Philoclean societies combined to form the debate-oriented Philosophical Society, ending over a century of glory for the Philoclean name.

Organization and Structure of the Philoclean Literary Society

The form, content, and quantity of the records are closely linked to the society's organizational structure. The constitution clearly outlines the activities of the society and the duties of the officers. Each officer and standing committee was responsible for producing or maintaining specific documents. Knowing which office produced a document and for what purpose enables the researchers of the collection to better determine the type of document to consult for a given situation. The constitution states that the object of the society was "the improvement of its members in declamation, composition, and debate." This was carried out weekly through the practice of these skills at each society meeting. The culmination of these objectives can be seen as the yearly Junior Exhibition/Commencement week and contact with honorary members. The listing of officers and duties and the types of membership below, taken from the constitution adopted 1831 and revised to 1844, will help clarify how the society set about achieving these goals. A student could serve more than one term for any of the offices.

Officers of the Philoclean Society

1. President. Upon election the President delivered a written address before the society. He presided over meetings, maintained order, imposed fines, decided questions of order, determined merit of performed exercises and debates, conducted votes, and appointed all non-standing committees. The President informed Honorary Members of their election to the society by letter. Term: 4 meetings.

2. Vice President. Performed all duties of the President when absent. "Ex officio" chair of the Committee of Inquiry. Term: 4 meetings.

3. Secretary. Kept and called roll, noting and reporting delinquents; assisted in votes by ballot; kept and read minutes; conducted correspondence of the society. Term: 4 meetings.

4. Recording Secretary. Recorded the minutes, upon acceptance, into a permanent ledger or book, transcribed additions and amendments to the constitution into a book, and registered reports of committees and officers (except those from the committee of Inquiry). Term: 4 meetings.

5. Reader. A member of the senior class, read and criticized any anonymous papers given to the Reader for that purpose. Term: 4 meetings.

6. Recorder. Recorded in a ledger the names of Honorary, Graduate, Graduate Elect, and Active members. Responsible for arrangement and safety of all letters, papers, and miscellaneous documents that belonged to the society. Term: 1 semester.

7. Treasurer. Collected all monies due to the society, kept a regular account of society's funds; obtained materials and services for the convenience of the society and the maintenance of Philo Hall. Submitted a written report on the state of the society's funds at the end of the term. Term: 1 semester.

8. Librarian. Responsible for all books belonging to the society; discharged and received books, kept a record of the borrowers, maintained catalog of books, and provided a written report on the state of the library at term's expiration. Term: 1 semester.

Standing Committees of the Society

Committee of Criticism. Provided written criticism of compositions and verbal criticism of declamations. 4 members serving for 4 meetings.

Committee of Inquiry. Protected the interests of the society; the committee watched for violations of the constitution and examined the books and reports of the officers. The committee also held monthly meetings to prepare reports on the state of Society, hear appeals for fines imposed by the president, and deal with any other matters deemed important. 4 members serving for 1 semester.

Committee on Election. Selected candidates for election to the society (including members of the seminary). 3 members serving for 1 semester

Types of Membership

Active. Any student of Rutgers College duly elected by the society, for the duration of that students enrollment at Rutgers.

Graduate. Active members who have both graduated and fulfilled their obligations to the society.

Graduate Elect. Active members who leave college before graduating, graduates of other colleges, or others deemed worthy by the society.

Honorary. Any individual deemed worthy by the society on the basis of literary or scientific attainment could be elected.

Arrangement Note

The records of the Philoclean Society are arranged in the followig nine series:

  1. I: Correspondence, 1825-1913 (bulk, 1825-1881)
  2. II: Minutes, 1825-1856, 1865-1885, 1898, 1907-1915
  3. III: Constitution and By-laws, 1828-1915
  4. IV: Membership Rolls, 1825-1866, 1876-1890
  5. V: Addresses, 1828-1883, 1890, 1918-1919
  6. VI: Committee Records, 1827-1890
  7. VII: Treasurer's Records, 1825-1882
  8. VIII: Librarian's Records, 1827-1889
  9. IX: Programs, Invitations, and Newspaper Clippings, 1880-1887, 1911-1927, undated

Appendix A: Index to Bound Letters, 1825-1853

Date Name
1825, December 8 J. S. Mabon
1828, June 3 Theodore Frelinghuysen
1828, June 12 John P. Jackson
1828, December 8 Littleton Kirkpatrick
1829, October 3 Alexander McClelland
1830, February 4 J. Barber
1830, March 25 James McSweeney
1830, May 14 J. W. Kellogg
1830, June 2 Charles Dexter Cleveland
1830, July 16 Thomas Strong
1830, July 20 William Bogardus
1830, September 13 Benjamin Holmes
1830, November 11 Gilbert R. Livingston
1831, March 26 J. Meredith
1831, November 19 Joseph Hopkinson
1832, January 14 E[dward?] Livingston
1832, June 21 M. W. Dwight
1832, October 3 George Armstrong
1832, November 26 Samuel B. Howe
1832, December 3 William Cullen Bryant
1832, December 3 Fitz-Greene Halleck (letter removed)
1832, December 7 Richard Varick DeWitt
1833, February 8 Joseph Henry
1833, March 4 J. A. Hamilton
1833, March 8 John McVickar
1833, June 12 James McNaughton
1833, July 17 John M. Ward
1833, July 18 Anthony Canssah
1833, July 25 Amos Dean
1833, October 3 Ambrose Spencer
1834, February 28 Joseph Holdick
1834, April 3 B. W. Leigh
1834, May 2 Gideon Howley
1835, January 27 Fitz-Greene Halleck
1835, March 9 John McLean (letter missing)
1835, March 25 John Maclean
1835, May 19 Charles Ingersoll
1837, January 10 G. E. Hare
1836, October 24 John P. Kennedy
1836, October 21 John Lillie
1836, December 15 Thomas Benton
1837, January 7 John Mclean
1837, February 20 William Kiney [?]
1837, October 9 Charles Hoover
1838, June 26 John M. Macauly
1838, July 2 Johnell Krebbs
1838, September 25 J. M. Woodbridge
1838, October 19 Gardiner Jones
1839, January 22 James McKown
1839, July 17 Ogden Hoffman
1839, November 19 Silas Metcalf
1840, January 31 Eleaser Lord
1840, March 18 William Dayton
1842, November 25 Hugh Maxwell
1843, January 16 Nathan Moore
1843, March 4 Henry Q. Hawley
1844, December 3 Howard Crosby
1847, May 7 Thomas Chambers
1847, July 13 [?] Sherwood
1847, July 20 J. C. DePese
1848, March 1 Abraham Skillman
1848, March 3 Seward Barcalow
1848, March 18 M. Hope
1848, April 4 James A. H. Cornell
1848, June 7 W. H. Van Doren
1848, June 22 A. D. White
1848, June 27 S. B. Woodruff
1848, July 15 J. Overbagh
1848, July 21 J. J. Stevens
1848, October 28 Charles Murray-Nairine
1848, November 3 Benjamin R. Kissam
1848, November 10 C. McKnight Smith
1848, December 13 D. Weisel
1849, February 1 J. H. Thornwell
1849, February 7 John A. Dix
1849, March 5 William J. R. Taylor
1849, July 3 Henry Onderdenk
1849, July 23 P. Miller
1849, August 21 John R. Thompson
1850, January 16 J. F. Misnoon
1850, January 30 Z. Taylor
1850, March 8 Abraham Coles
1850, July 12 Joseph H. Blackfan
1850, July 15 Joseph P. Bradley
1850, July 18 William S. Haight
1850, July 22 Theodore S. Cuyler
1850, July 22 Alexander Hamilton, Jr.
1850, July 23 William Mercer
1850, November 8 H. Winans
1850, November 8 Alexander Vattemore
1850, November 8 A. A. Willetts
1850, November 12 John Runke
1850, November 29 Lewis Condict
1850, November 19 A. Wists
1850, December 2 George Fort
1850, December 19 A. G. Richey
1850, December 21 Thomas Rogers
1851, January 17 Robert B. Croes
1851, January 20 Alfred B. Street
1851, January 27 J. Todd
1851, January 29 Thomas Hill
1851, February 1 A. Ackerman
1851, February 12 L. C. Elmer
1851, March 1 James Carnaham
1851, March 8 G. S. Collins
1851, March 8 Martin Farquhar Topper
1851, May 22 Peter S. Duryee
1851, May 31 Isaac S. Mulford
1851, May 31 Richard M. Cooper
1851, June 21 Charles Daveis
1851, June 27 Francis Michael Lerebetz
1851, June 28 H. J. Wells
1851, June 28 J. Kirby Davis
1851, July 18 W. E. Garrettson
1852, February 10 H. S. Pennington
1852, February 16 Benjamin Williamson
1852, March 30 Thomas B. Gardner
1852, November 23 R. J. Storrs, Jr.
1852, December 2 William M. Thackeray
1853, January 31 Silas Bower
1853, February 7 L. Gaylor Clark
1853, February 15 Edward Everett
1853, February 21 Daniel S. Dickinson

Appendix B: Index to Bound Letters, 1826-1847

Number Name Date
1 A. Partridge 1826, November 26
2 Stephen Van Courtlandt 1826, November 27
3 Hon. Samuel Swan 1826, December 15
4 John Bray 1826, December 4
5 Samuel L. Southard 1827, January 8
6 Courtlandt Van Renselaer 1827, March 28
7 William W. Perrine 1828, January 7
8 Thomas A Amerman 1828, June 14
9 Charles Ewing 1828, July 1
10 John Travers 1828, December 3
11 John Sargeant 1828, December 9
12 Joseph Campbell 1829, March 26
13 Peter S. Du Ponceau 1829, November 21
14 James Neilson 1829, May 25
15 Hugh Maxwell 1829, October 8
16 Isaac Norris05/11/1829 1829, May 11
17 E. Wood 1829, December 7
18 Garrett D. Wall 1829, June 25
19 Andrew Jackson 1829, May 14
20 John Quincy Adams 1829, April 4
21 John C. Calhoun 1829, July 5
22 John Finch 1829, January 18
23 Gustavus Abeel 1829, January 19
24 Horace Binney 1829, October 5
25 J. McPherson Berrien 1829, January 24
26 John S. Blauvelt 1829, November 10
27 William Bainbridge 1829, October 7
28 G. M. DaBal 1830, July 14
29 Charles G. Burnham 1830, November 9
30 James S. Barbour 1830, January 18
31 T. Romeyn Beck 1830, October 5
32 Albert Barnes 1830, February 2
33 John C. Fondemark 1830, October 11
34 Daniel Webster 1830, December 17
35 Roger M. Sherman 1830, November 16
36 Benjamin C. Taylor 1830, November 29
37 Roger B. Taney 1830, July 20
38 A. Sindeven 1830, July 3
39 J. Van Ness Yates 1830, May 21
40 William Crookshank 1830, November 24
41 David Cushing 1830, November 10
42 William H. Crawford 1830, March 31
43 A. F. Camman 1830, August 10
44 Frank Granger 1831, June 23
45 David Codwise 1831, January 7
46 John M. Clayton 1831, June 27
47 C. C. Cambreling 1831, November 28
48 Thomas C. Ryerson 1831, May 10
49 Edward Everett 1831, November 16
50 Theodore Frelinghuysen 1831, March 25
51 Benjamin F. Butler 1831, June 27
52 J. N. Campbell 1832, December 14
53 William Cullen Bryant 1832, November 13
54 John B. Gibson 1832, November 16
55 E. D. Griffin 1832, October 24
56 Washington Irving 1832, June 12
57 John D. Ogilby 1832, October 22
58 P. S. Van Rensselaer 1832, June 28
59 James Parker 1832, December 18
60 Henry N. Pohlman 1832, November 19
61 John D. Ogilby 1832, October 9
62 David B. Ogden 1832, December 3
63 Stephen Cambreling 1832, December 4
64 Charles Chauncey 1832, October 20
65 Robert J. Dillon 1833, March 9
66 Francis Granger 1833, March 20
67 William R. DeWitt 1833, January 24
68 Peter Bullious 1833, July 23
69 Henry J. Anderson 1833, March 6
70 Amzi Armstrong 1833, September 24
71 David Paul Brown 1833, March 29
72 James Fennimore Cooper11/29/1833 (letter removed) 1833, November 29
73 J. H. Graham 1833, March 1
74 Hamilton Fish 1833, March 8
75 John Randolph 1833, April 2
76 William R. Whittingham 1833, February 28
77 A. Williams 1833, October 12
78 John Pruyn 1833, July 27
79 Teunis Van Vechten 1833, September 27
80 Charles Stewar 1833, July 28
81 Jacob J. Schultz 1833, July 15
82 Samuel H. Pennington 1833, Ooctober 25
83 William Pitt Palmer 1833, July 22
84 William Paterson 1833, November 6
85 Samuel Southard 1833, June 25
86 William Nevius 1833, June 14
87 James Rush 1833, November 15
88 William Campbell 1833, August 20
89 M. F. Carman 1833, May 10
90 John A. Brown 1834, April 30
91 W. R. Abbott 1834, September 12
92 George Griffin, Jr. 1834, November 21
93 Jared Sparks 1834, September 2
94 William Preston 1834, May 26
95 John Woodsworth 1833, December 19
96 Noah Webster 1833, November 28
97 Joseph Hopkinson 1834, November 10
98 John Van Dyke 1834, May 11
99 William B. Sloan (letter removed) 1834, June 13
100 Francis Granger 1835, March 9
101 David Paul Brown 1835, April 22
102 Allen Wilson 1835, March 25
103 Samuel Southard 1835, April 21
104 Thomas E. [?] 1835, April 23
105 W. H. Seward 1835, February 25
106 William Rush 1835, March 5
107 James Rush 1835, March 20
108 Charles Whitehead 1835, July 13
109 Parmelle Chamberlin 1835, February 23
110 Isaac S. [?] 1836, September 24
111 A. D. Eddy 1836, December 17
112 Thomas Gordon 1836, December 13
113 Albert Gallup 1836, December 2
114 William Gaston 1836, December 29
115 Henry A. Wise 1836, February 13
116 William Wright 1836, November 14
117 Samuel Wilkins 1836, November 16
118 Robert Walker 1836, July 8
119 Jacob Van Vechten 1836, December 16
120 George W. Schenck 1836, September 23
121 J. J. Crittenden 1836, June 26
122 Archer Gifford 1837, October 5
123 James Buchanan 1837, March 18
124 Daniel D. Bernard 1837, April 3
125 Stephen Cougar 1837, January 9
126 A.W. Cougar 1837, November 11
127 Eliphat Fay 1837, August 1
128 Henry A. Wise 1837, February 5
129 William Pennington 1837, February 27
130 Samuel Phinney 1837, March 22
131 M. Osborne 1837, December 1
132 William Crosby 1838, July 24
133 Robert Birch 1838, June 12
134 John Quincy Adams (copy--original in possession of W.H. Preek) 1838, November 7
135 Robert C. Grundy 1838, June 29
136 Samuel Ward 1838, January 24
137 P. Van Landt 1838, October 10
138 Douw Van Olinda 1838, June 26
139 Charles Pigeon 1838, October 13
140 Abyah G. Benedict 1839, January 17
141 Caleb Cushing 1839, March 29
142 Thomas H. Stockton 1839, October 11
143 Isaac Schuyler 1839, January 19
144 W. B. Sprague 1839, May 26
145 William H. Seward 1839, February 6
146 G. Chapman 1839, July 16
147 Samuel Dexter 1840, October 22
148 J. H. Agnew 1840, February 22
149 George Bush 1840, February 11
150 William C. Bouck 1840, November 12
151 Caleb S. Henry 1840, November 11
152 John Tyler 1840, November 21
153 Robert Winthrop 1840, February 14
154 Robert Winthrop 1840, December 16
155 A. Verren 1840, March 18
156 Aaron Vanderpoel 1840, November 24
157 Lambert Lythoff 1840, October 26
158 George A. Shufeld 1840, December 4
159 John S. Salisbury 1841, May 19
160 T. C. Tomlinson 1840, November 10
161 Pierre Van Cortlandt06/22/1840 1840, June 22
162 George Zabriski 1840, December 24
163 James R. Chilton 1840, June 19
164 Philip Ten Eyck 1836, December 14
165 Charles Eames 1841, March 1
166 Alex Van Cort 1842, June 8
167 Samuel Talmadge 1842, July 14
168 William H. Crosby 1841, March 22
169 Morgan Smith 1842, July 29
170 R. Davidson 1842, November 6
171 M. Hopkins 1841, August 2
172 D. W. Clark 1841, September 6
173 John Honeyman 1841, November 1
174 David Graham 1841, March 27
175 Thaddeus B. Wakeman 1841, November 3
176 Ferdinand L. Wagner 1841, June 11
177 Warren Taylor 1841, October 6
178 Horatio Potter07/12/1841 1841, July 12
179 John Proudfit 1841, January 18
180 Alonzo Potter 1841, November 16
181 Jacob W. Miller 1841, March 26
182 Albert G. Zabriskii 1841, June 2
183 John Bigelow 1842, December 15
184 Ely Moore 1842, February 16
185 Charles Bartlett 1842, March 4
186 Charles H. Lyon 1842, February 11
187 Ira C. Whitehead 1842, June 9
188 Gysberti Hoebernpyl 1841, May 5
189 A. Dallas Bache 1843, October 30
190 S. V. Hoffman 1843, June 12
191 Daniel Haines 1843, November 13
192 George B. Miller 1843, March 30
193 H. Stryker 1843, May 26
194 William Sherwood 1844, December 30
195 George R. Bliss 1844, January 21
196 James Ayais 1844, July 9
197 James Clark 1844, November 7
198 Philip Schaf 1844, December 9
199 J. Cogswell 1844, November 14
200 John C. Guldin 1844, November 27
201 James McW. Bruin 1844, December 5
202 William Ten Eyck 1845, June 6
203 Rufus Choate 1845, January 13
204 [?] 1845, February 26
205 James Brinckerhoff 1845, April 20
206 D. Graham 1845, April 14
207 Duncan Kennedy 1845, June 9
208 Peter P. Runyon 1845, April 6
209 W. A. Whitehead 1845, December 8
210 H. Leacock 1846, Januaruy 6
211 David Munsloch [?] 1846, February 11
212 Charles Summer 1846, December 16
213 Robert J. Livingston 1846, July 8
214 Horace Mann 1846, December 19
215 [?] [?]
216 C. Mundy 1847, January 18
217 Robert DeRussey 1847, January 6
218 L. Halsey 1846, January 20
219 William Plumer 1847, March 25
220 J. M. Wainwright 1847, March 22
221 Edwin Hall 1847, January 27
222 Theodore Romeyn 1847, March 10
223 Taylor Lewis 1847, February 27

Appendix C: Index to Correspondence; Letters of Acceptance as Honorary Members (alphabetical)

Name Date
Alexander, William C. 1857, July 4
Bannister, W. H. 1855, January 1
Batchelder, George W. 1861, May 28
Bedle, Joseph D. 1863, November 13
Beecher, Thomas Vincent 1863, October 30
Bourne, William Orland 1855, February 19
Bower, Henry A. 1867, March 12
Brandt, H. W. 1859, September 23
Brown, Amos 1856, May 24
Brown, George H. 1852, June 12
Brown, Samuel R. 1856, January 16
Buchanan, James 1830, June 7
Campbell, James Valentine 1830, April 22
Chickering, J.W. 1857, November 2
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne 1879, December 17
Collier, Robert Land 1865, June 20
Cook, George Hammell 1853, October 5
Cooper, Jacob 1866, September 21
Cornell, Ezra 1867, January 7
Craven, E. R. 1853, November 3
Croes, J. R. 1853, June 16
Cuyler, Theodore Ledyard 1853, December 15
Cuyler, Theodore Ledyard 1866, May 28
Danforth, P. T. 1860, June 19
Davis, Charles L. 1859, October 3
Dewey, Chester 1857, June 22
Dixon, James 1853, March 22
Doremus, R. Ogden 1853, May 18
Dunkly, Leonard, Jr. 1867, May 10
Duryee, Peter S. 1852, May 24
Edison, Thomas Alva 1879, November 5
Elliot, Samuel 1863, March 19
Emory, John 1867, June 7
Farrand, S. A. 1859, October 14
Fewsmith, I., Jr. 1857, November 3
Folwell, William Watts 1857, October 30
Foote, C. H. 1852, May 30 [?]
Fowle, William Beutley 1854, October 19
Frelinghuysen, Frederick T. 1882, February 7
Gardiner, H. B. 1856, July 19
Gebhard, John 1879, October 8
Gillette, John 1859, October 12
Green, Horace 1853, July 5
Green, John O. 1865, July 5
Halleck, Fitz-Greene 1832, December 3
Haywood, Joel 1853, October 31
Hamilton, M. 1855, October 7
Harrison, Ralph C. 1858, January 16
Harrisson, B. 1857, December 8
Hoffman, David 1831, June 18
Holmes, John McClellan 1854, November 3
Hopkins, John Henry 1860, November 17
Hosford, F. 1857, January 14
Hosford, Samuel 1857, October 23
Houghton, George F. 1860, September 13
Houghton, Rowland S. 1860, May 8
Hutton, Mancius H. 1879, October 18
James, Edwin 1863, February 23
Jones, Barton 1863, March 28
Jones, W. W. F. 1857, [?]
Joy, Charles Arad 1857, January 15
Keese, John M. 1860, January 28
Killough, Walter M. 1874, November 9
King, James 1830, February 5
Knox, John 1826, November 25
Lansing, G. 1829, May 16
Linne, Alonzo 1857, May 2
Livingston, H. G. 1854, July 14
Lord, Daniel 1853, April 5
Lord, I. S. 1857, December 1
McCullough, Hugh 1866, January 29
MacNevin, William James 1828, June 4
Manley, Garritt V. 1859, November 1
Marshall, J. W. 1867, June 14
Mathews, Mathew 1829, April 6
Mershon, Stephen L. 1859, November 19
Meyer, Carl 1863, December 15
Miller, J. Dickinson 1828, April 1
Molineux, Edward Leslie 1864, May [?]
Moore, D. W. C. 1867, May 8
Morris, N. W. 1828, June 5
Murray, David 1857, January 27
Murray, David 1864, March 3
Nevius, John L. 1866, February 1
Ogilby, Arthur G. 1860, June 11
Ostrander, S. M. 1863, March 16
Patrick, Marsena R. 1860, February 29
Peck, Horace R. 1866, May 29
Peckham, Isaiah 1857, January 27
Phelps, William Franklin 1856, June 14
Prince, John D. 1867, May 13
Raymond, Henry Jarvis 1854, June 20
Richardson, W. 1853, May 15
Robinson, Henry M. 1866, May 7
Robinson, P. 1866, May 16
Ryder, R. H. 1860, December 26
Schoff, Philip 1858, January 14
Schieffelim, Samuel Bradhurst 1857, January 17
Schieffelim, William H. 1859, May 14
Schoete, Henry P. 1857, January 28
Schomp, C. W. 1860, July 2
Searle, J. 1853, November 25
Seelye, Julius Hawley 1856, June 28
Shannon, Isaac 1853, May 12
Sherman, John 1860, January 25
Sherman, John 1879, November 3
Spelman, W. C. 1867, May 15
Strong, Robert G. 1855, October 6
Strong, Selah W. 1862, October 6
Stryker, A. C. 1855, July 24
Stryker, Nelson 1856, June 30
Stuart, Charles 1858, January 25
Tefft, Benjamin Franklin 1857, April 9
Thompson, John 1853, October 22
Timlow, Herman R. 1860, June 12
Van Buren, J. M. 1853, May 21
Vanderbilt, John 1853, July 26
Van Deweer, Laurence 1866, December 15
Van Raalte, A. C. 1854, December 1
Van Valin, A. 1861, January 14
Van Vranken, F. 1858, September 24
Van Wych, Charles 1866, May 28
Viele, Maurice E. 1853, October 22
Waldron, C. N. 1853, May 12
Wall, James Walter 1861, October 14
Webster, Horace 1855, July 25

Appendix D: Published Addresses Delivered before the Philoclean and Peithessophian Societies

Name Date Title
Brownlee, William Craig 1827 [On the loftiest and most important branch of all Sciences]
Sergeant, John 1829
Wirt, William 1830
Frelinghuysen, Theodore 1831
Ogilby, John D. 1833
Brown, David Paul 1835
Barnard, Daniel D. 1837
Everett, Alexander S. 1838 [Literary character of the scriptures]
Strange, Robert 1840
Coxe, Richard S. 1844
Romeyn, Theodore 1847 [Our country and her claims]
Forsyth, J. R. 1848
Bradley, Joseph P. 1849 [Progress--Its grounds and possibilities]
Potts, Stacy G. 1850
Brown, George William 1851 [The old world and the new]
Frelinghuysen, Frederick T. 1853
Vethake, Henry 1854
Nairne, Charles Murray 1857
Dwight, Theodore W. 1859
McGee, Flavel 1880 [The American Republic, and our duties and responsibilities as citizens thereof]. Delivered before Peithossophian Society only.
Price, J. E. 1881 [A forgotten hero; Or, the transmutation of truth into human life] Delivered before Peithossophian Society only.

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