1848 (May 15) Meeting Minutes

Minutes of May 15, 1848.  These minutes were "lost" to Phi Gamma Delta for over 60 years as they remained in the possession of John Templeton McCarty (Jefferson College 1848) rather than being transcribed into the minute book.  The minutes record the initiation of Thomas W.B. Crews (Jefferson College 1851) and the election of John H. Mathers (Jefferson College 1849).

The meeting took place in Delta Hall No. 2 and adjourned to Delta Hall No. 1.  It is conjectured that Delta Hall No. 2 was the room of Naaman Fletcher (Jefferson College 1849) in "Fort" Emery.  Delta Hall No. 1 is presumed to be McCarty's room in "Fort" Armstrong.

From the May 1908 Phi Gamma Delta magazine:

After much correspondence with Mrs. J. M. Yaryan, a sister of McCarty, now living in Richmond, Ind., and after much insistence that there must be somewhere something in the handwriting of McCarty, there was finally found, after a search in the old home at Brookville, the Diary-Journal of the Brookville-California Company, most of which is in the chirography of the captain of the company, John T. McCarty.

Pasted on the very first page of this old journal was a lithograph of the old Jefferson College buildings, a half-tone of which is here produced through the kindness of Blaine Ewing, Alpha chapter, the Burgess of Canonsburg. In turning over the page, a corner of the lithograph was loosened, and there on the back of the picture were the minutes of the meeting held May 15, 1848. A facsimile is here given. The original minute book of the fraternity contains no notes between the days of May 12, 1848, and June 6, 1848. The meeting of May 12, 1848, records the election of T. W. B. Crews, hut there is no record of his initiation. The memorandum found in the old journal gives the missing information. It seems strange, therefore, that after a lapse of sixty years the missing information and original record were found in the old Journal. It is evident that Fletcher, the secretary, was not present on May 15th, and that Elliott, who wrote the minutes probably gave it to McCarty to give to Fletcher to transcribe in the minute book. McCarty failed to do this, and the record remained in his pocket, and finally found its place in the journal of the Brookville-California Company, to cross the plains and back again, lost to the fraternity for sixty years and found by mere accident.

The first minutes of all the fraternity meetings are dated from Delta Hall. It will be observed that the memorandum found in McCarty's journal is dated from Delta Hall No. 2 and adjourned to meet in Delta Hall No. 1. It is a safe conjecture that Delta Hall No. 1 was McCarty's room. Possibly Delta Hall No. 2 was Fletcher's room in Fort Emery.
, Minutes of the Grand Chapter on May 15, 1848

Delta Hall, No. 2. Monday [evening?] May 15, 1848

Chapter met at the appointed time and place.  Mr. T. W. B. Crews as had been previously elected, was initiated into the mystic bonds of the brotherhood.  Mr. J. Mathers was elected a member of  the chapter.

Adjourned to meet at Delta Hall No. 1.

S.B. Wilson
J. Elliott
Abstract/Description: Minutes of May 15, 1848. These minutes were "lost" to Phi Gamma Delta for over 60 years as they remained in the possession of John Templeton McCarty (Jefferson College 1848) rather than being transcribed into the minute book. The minutes record the initiation of Thomas W.B. Crews (Jefferson College 1851) and the election of John H. Mathers (Jefferson College 1849).

The meeting took place in Delta Hall No. 2 and adjourned to Delta Hall No. 1. It is conjectured that Delta Hall No. 2 was the room of Naaman Fletcher (Jefferson College 1849) in "Fort" Emery. Delta Hall No. 1 is presumed to be McCarty's room in "Fort" Armstrong.

From the May 1908 Phi Gamma Delta magazine:

After much correspondence with Mrs. J. M. Yaryan, a sister of McCarty, now living in Richmond, Ind., and after much insistence that there must be somewhere something in the handwriting of McCarty, there was finally found, after a search in the old home at Brookville, the Diary-Journal of the Brookville-California Company, most of which is in the chirography of the captain of the company, John T. McCarty.

Pasted on the very first page of this old journal was a lithograph of the old Jefferson College buildings, a half-tone of which is here produced through the kindness of Blaine Ewing, Alpha chapter, the Burgess of Canonsburg. In turning over the page, a corner of the lithograph was loosened, and there on the back of the picture were the minutes of the meeting held May 15, 1848. A facsimile is here given. The original minute book of the fraternity contains no notes between the days of May 12, 1848, and June 6, 1848. The meeting of May 12, 1848, records the election of T. W. B. Crews, hut there is no record of his initiation. The memorandum found in the old journal gives the missing information. It seems strange, therefore, that after a lapse of sixty years the missing information and original record were found in the old Journal. It is evident that Fletcher, the secretary, was not present on May 15th, and that Elliott, who wrote the minutes probably gave it to McCarty to give to Fletcher to transcribe in the minute book. McCarty failed to do this, and the record remained in his pocket, and finally found its place in the journal of the Brookville-California Company, to cross the plains and back again, lost to the fraternity for sixty years and found by mere accident.

The first minutes of all the fraternity meetings are dated from Delta Hall. It will be observed that the memorandum found in McCarty's journal is dated from Delta Hall No. 2 and adjourned to meet in Delta Hall No. 1. It is a safe conjecture that Delta Hall No. 1 was McCarty's room. Possibly Delta Hall No. 2 was Fletcher's room in Fort Emery.

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