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A meeting of the trustees of the Hunt Botanical Garden was held last evening, at the Athenaeum, corner of Atlantic and Clinton street, and the Chair was occupied by Joint W. Degrauw, Esq., President of the Association.
John W. Degrauw, Esq., who had been elected President of the Hunt Botanical Garden Association, addressed the meeting as follows:
"Gentlemen. - Before assuming the duties to which I have been elected by your partiality and choice, permit me to ask your acceptance of my most grateful feelings for this manifestation of your confidence, and I feel most rally sensible that without your most cordial co-operation and friendly aid, my efforts will be unavaillng; and I trust that with them, the enterprise in which we are engaged, and in which we have all shown so deep an interest, will reflect the highest honors on its promoters, as well as add to the enlargement of science, and to the beauty of our city.
"This enterprise is not one of a day, a year, or a life-time - it is one that is to throw a brilliancy into the flu* extended future. It is one sacred to a science which has engaged the attention of the most distinguished men in every age; it is sacred in promoting the most humanising and kindly influences; and sacred in creating the most Inspiring spell that the charms of beauty can shed around the heart.
"While we yield to the emotions that are produced by the most distinguished liberality, and which has placed us in a condition for the promotion of science, constantly multiplying in its allurements, and best ratted to man's highest earthly destiny, as well as furnishing the intellect with the most abundant source of reflection. Those who bars contributed to the advancement of such a noble end, must always appear before (he world as its best benefactors.
"In the perpective we see a garden not only filled with native plants from the mountains and valleys of our own far extended Republic, but with the best specimens of the most new and Tamable exotics from every clime, and, like the dew of Heaven, it is within the reach of all, and it is emphatically to be a garden lor the people, within whose predate all may be taught lessons of refinement and wisdom.
"But notwithstanding the brilliant prospects that have attended our progress thus far, we have still before us a work of some magnitude, and one that should most zealously engage our immediate and undivided attention. The season is fast approaching that should Induce us to put this enteprize In rapid motion, and still we cannot with propriety commence until the maximum of stock is subscribed, $150,000, of which $50,000 still remains to be taken; and it would not be very complimentary to a city as wealthy as ours to admit for a moment that it could not be very readily obtained. It appears to me that it only requires the effort and the amount will be procured in a very short time.
" It will not be expected that on this occasion I shall consume your time with any elaborate remarks; you hare the different departments placed in the hands of gentlemen of seal and ability, and they will from time to time present you with the most desirable plans and most efficient sources of information.
* The able and eloquent inangral address of the Rev. Dr. Vinton lays on your table, and it is rich in reasoning to Inspire us with the most fervent seal in the promotion of our cause and its ample attainments.
"I would on this occasion Indulge my feelings in the most devoted ejaculation, that this garden, so magnificent in design, so well suited to the condition and happiness of our race, may not fall in its accomplishments, but prove equal to the sublime conceptions of the great patriarch in botany, and become as reverenced as the academic gardens sad rural retreats of the ancient philosophers and their students to search of science".
This address was received with great applause.
The Committee on Deeds reported that they had received the deeds of the several plots of ground upon which the Botanical Garden is to be laid out and they were received and ordered to be recorded in the proper office.
On motion, a Committee of three was appointed to get the Charter, By-Laws, and names of the Officers printed; and Messrs. Meade, Degrauw, and the Secretary, were appointed as said Committee.
On motion, the Finance Committee was directed to petition the Common Council to grade the 5th Avenue, or so much of it as would facilitate the operations of the Association.
The following officers of the Association were elected at the previous meeting of the Trustees, and they have commenced to perform their duties:
THOMAs HUNT. President - John W. Drgrauw. Vice Presidents - 1st, Wm. C. Langley ; 2d, J. S. T. Stranaman; 3d, Wilson G. Hont; 4th, Ethelbert S. Mills; 5th, E. B. Litchfield. Treasurer - John D. Cocks. Recording Secretary - Martin L. Scharfer. Corresponding Secretary - A. J. S. Degrauw. Librarian - Henry Starr.
Committees - Finance Committee - Wm. C. Langley, Jas. Hazlehurst, Addison G. Jerome, Wm. Spencer, Coss. R. Marvin, Alfred Large, Ira Smith. Executive Committee - Henry A. Kent, Ethelbert S. Mills, Wm. C. Langley, J. S. T. Stranahan, A. J. S. Degrauw, E. Litchfield, L. B. Loder. Construction Committee - John Maxwell, J. A. Perry, J. S. T. Stranahan, H. A. Graef, H. A. Kent, J. E. Rauch, E.W. Fiske. Plant Committee - Peter B.Mead, H.A. Graef, J. E. Rauch, J. W. Towt, W. S. Dunham, Geo. Ingram, M. L. Schaefer.
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