B. Matthias, Esq.
From Col. James Page, formerly Postmaster of Philadelphia.
Philada., May 27th, 1846.
My Dear Sir: - I have given your "Rules of Order" a careful perusal. The work is much needed, and will be found very useful to all classes of our fellow citizens, for the whole American people may be regarded as a combination of deliberative bodies. No one of them should be without the knowledge you are aiming to impart, conveyed as it is in simple and appropriate language, and condensed form. Already I have found the book a valuable assistant, and thank you sincerely for your kindness in sending me a copy.
Very truly your friend and obedient servant,
James Page. B. Matthias, Esq.
From the Hon. Richard Vaux, Recorder of the city of Philadelphia.
Philada., May 23d, 1846.
My Dear Sir : - Permit me to thank you for a copy of your "Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies," which I have read with interest and satisfaction.
It was the remark of an author of distinction, that it was good to know, but better to know where to find, information on those subjects not within the range of general knowledge. Your work is calculated to afford to those who seek, such information on the subjects on which it treats, and of which but few are in possession.
Our people are more remarkable than any other, for associations and meetings of all kinds, calculated and originated to promote advancement and improvement in matters of religion, benevolence, literature and politics. These associations are the machinery of public opinion, of which the motive power is an enlightened, independent public press.
Those of our citizens, therefore, who interest themselves in any or either of these subjects, and who desire that the action of these associations shonld be regulated, directed and harmonised, will find a guide in the work you have compiled.
If I may be allowed to make a suggestion, it is that your book should be introduced into schools and colleges, as calculated to be of real benefit.
I am, ever respectfully, yours,
Richard Vaux. B. Matthias, Esq.
From the Hon. James Ross Snowden, State Treasurer, formerly Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Harrisburg, March 28ih, 1846.
Dear Sir : - I have received your letter, and a copy of "A Manual for conducting business in Town and Ward Meetings, Societies, Boards of Directors and Managers, and other deliberative bodies."I have examined it carefully, and am fully satisfied that it will be eminently useful for the purposes intended. Rules of order are of the first importance in deliberative assemblies; and the despatch of business, the avoidance of confusion and personal altercations, are dependant upon their prompt enforcement.
The general circulation of this excellent and concise manual will place it in the power of our citizens generally, to become acquainted with the elementary principles of order, and thus enable them to participate advantageously in the various meetings, which are incident to our republican institutions and the regulations of society.
Very truly, yours, etc.
James Snowden. B. Matthias, Esq.,
Member of the Legislature.
From the Rev. Robert Emory, A, M., President of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.
Dickinson College, April 9th, 1846.
My Dear Sir: - I did not receive your "Rules of Order," until my return from Philadelphia last night.
I take the earliest opportunity after examining it, (which I have done pretty carefully to-day,) to express to you my gratification at the intended publication of such a Manual: It is greatly needed, especially for the use of those bodies, religious and secular, to whose proceedings the larger and more complicated manuals are not adapted. I am sure that your little work will be of much service at the meetings of our Conferences, and I shall desire to see it extensively circulated among our preachers.
Very truly Yours, Robt. Emory.
B. Matthias, Esq.
From the Rev. John McClintock, Jr., A. M., Professor of Languages in Dickinson College.
Carlisle, 6th April, 1846.
My Dear Sir: - I acknowledge the receipt of yours of the 3d inst., with a copy of your "Rules of Order," for which please accept my thanks. I have gone through it with some care, and find it every thing that I could wish: - although, indeed, I am so unskilled in such matters, that neither my praise nor blame can be of much importance. I have long felt the need of such a concise guide book, and think you have hit the nail precisely on the head. The book cannot fail to have a large circulation: certainly I shall do all that I can to diffuse it.
Please accept my best wishes in all respects, and believe me, Yours truly, Jno. Mcclintock, Jr.
From the Hon. James Cooper, late Member of Congress, from Adams County.
Gettysburg, April 11th, 1846.
My Dear Sir: - I have read your Manual of Rules for conducting the business of Town Meetings, Societies, and deliberative bodies, with attention. Regularity, uniformity and order, in the transaction of the business of such assemblies, are objects of much importance ; and in my judgment, the publication of your work will contribute materially to promote them.
The perspicuous style of the work, the adaptation of its rules to their several objects, all add to its value; and the legislator, no less than the citizen, who is in the habit of taking part in the business of public meetings, will find it instructive and useful. I consider it a work of much merit. Its rules are plain and simple, while at the same time they are strictly conformable to the principles of parliamentary law. Accept my thanks for the copy you have done me the honor to send me.
Respectfully and truly yours,
James Cooper. B. Matthias, Esq.
From the Hon. Ellis Lewis, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster county.
Lancaster, April 13th, 1846.
My Dear Sir : - I thank you for your favor of the 8th inst., and for your "Rules of Order" in town meetings, etc. I have examined the work, and think it well calculated to meet the purpose intended. Under a government founded upon and controlled by the public voice, such a work is peculiarly important and useful to the citizens. Every man has a part to perform in the public affairs. Every question of importance comes before the people in their deliberative assemblies. Our whole nation is a nation of orators, statesmen and legislators; and, whether we be called to attend to the business of the township - the ward - the city - the county -the state or the church, a knowledge of parliamentary rules is of infinite importance in securing the expeditious and orderly transaction of business. Your fellow citizens are therefore greatly indebted to you for placing the necessary knowledge on this subject in such a form, and at such a price as to be convenient and accessible to every man. No one should be without your valuable Manual.
B. Matthias, Esq.,
Member of the House of Representatives.
From the Hon. John Swift, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia.
Philada., May 20th, 1846.
Dear Sir: - I have'read, and with pleasure too,your "Manual for conducting business in Town and Ward Meetings, Societies, Boards of Directors and Managers, and other deliberative bodies." In a country like ours, where the people so frequently meet together in town and township meetings, to interchange views and to express opinions in relation to matters alike interesting to themselves and the country at large, rules for conducting their proceedings are essentially necessary. Your Manual, so admirably abridged, yet containing every thing requisite, will be found so useful, that I feel satisfied, that it will not be long ere it will become a vade mecum for politicians, and be adapted to corporate bodies and societies generally. That you deserve the thanks of your fellow citizens for the book is most certain, and that you will receive them I cannot doubt.
Very respectfully your friend and obed't serv't,
B. Matthias, Esq. John Swift.
From Win. M. Meredith, Esq., President of the Select
Philada., May 29th, 1846.
Dear Sir: - I have examined your "Rules of Order" with much pleasure, and think the volume will be useful as a manual. Very truly your obed't serv't,
B. Matthias, Esq. WM. M. Meredith.
From Saml. Norris, Esq., President of the Common Council.
Philada., May 29th, 1846.
Dear Sir : - I have carefully looked over your little work, entitled "Rules of Order,'5 and to the numerous testimonials in its favor, cheerfully add mine. It will be found very useful to all those who participate in the proceedings of deliberative bodies. Very respectfully, yours, etc.
B. Matthias, Esq. Saml. Norris.
From Henry Helmuth, Esq., Clerk of the Select Council.
Philada., May 27th, 1846.
My Dear Sir : - I have received your book, entitled " Rules of Order," and read it with much satisfaction. The want of such a work has been long felt in our community, and a familiar acquaintance with its contents would do much to economize lime, prevent irreconcileable dissensions, and greatly assist in arriving at correct conclusions, I am, dear sir, very truly yours.
B. Matthias, Esq, Henry Helmuth.