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13th U. S. Infantry at Des Moines, Iowa, August 31 to September 3, and have never seen the comrades of the Battalion since the war, I am sorry I cannot be with you.

Sincerely yours,


KANSAS City, Mo., August 29, 1888. I regret exceedingly that business engagements prevent my being at the annual reunion of our grand old army (or the remnant of it) at Toledo, O., on September 5th and 6th. I had hoped to be there. I wish you a good meeting and pleasant reunion.

Very truly yours,


HAVANA, ILLS., Sept. 4, 1888. Again I forego the pleasure of attending the twenty-first annual meeting of the Army of the Tennessee, but I am well assured that my absence will not prevent your having a good time of it in Toledo.

The best excuse I have to make for not being with you this year is that it is one of the years in which we have a President to make, and just at this particular time

I have some work to do
For young Tippecanoe,

And Mr. Morton too.
With kind regards for all, outside of politics, I remain,

Yours truly,


Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 3, 1888. With great regret I find it impossible to attend this year's reunion of the Society. Remember me to all with kindly greetings. I trust and hope that comrades present will have a glorious time.

Very truly yours,


FREEPORT, ILLS., Sept. 23. 1888. Owing to engagement made before General Sherman changed the date of the reunion at Toledo, I am unable to attend this year. Please inform my comrades.

Truly yours,


Peoria, ILLS., August 17, 1888. Your kind and beautiful invitation to attend reunion of the Society of the Tennessee just received, and I regret exceedingly that I will not be able to attend this year at your beautiful city.

The date fixed upon comes the same week as the opening of our city schools, and is the week of all weeks to be at home, as we must be mindful of the interests of the school children as long as I remain in the book trade.

Hope the committee appointed to select time and place for next year will select last of September or first of October. Yours cordially,


ST. PAUL, MINN., Sept. 1, 1888. The invitation to be present at the twenty-first annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee was received in my absence from home, hence the delay in answering. It would afford me great pleasure to be present, but my business at this time will not permit. Please extend to the committees my thanks for the cordial invitation, and hoping the Society will have their usual good time, I remain, Very respectfully yours,


SAGUACHE, CAL., August 26, 1888. Your very kind invitation to the twenty-first annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee received. I am very sorry that my business is such that I will not be able to be with you in person, but will be in spirit. Knowing that you will have a good time, I am, Yours fraternally,


CINCINNATI, O., Sept. 4, 1888. I regret that, at the last moment, I am compelled on account of sickness to forego the pleasure I had anticipated in accepting your kind invitation to be present at the twenty-first annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, to be held in your beautiful city on the 5th and 6th inst. With the best wishes for the success of your meeting, I remain, fraternally yours,




Toledo, Ohio: My Dear GENERAL:—Thanking you for the kind invitation of the committee to be present at the reunion of the Army of the Tennessee, at Toledo, on the 6th and 7th of September next, I am obliged to say, that I have engagements already made within the state for those dates, which will render it impossible for me to be in attendance.

It is with sincere regret that I am compelled to deny myself the pleasure of meeting again the members of our noble organization. With great respect, I am,

Very truly yours, Dictated-F.




Chairman Local Executive Committee, Toledo, O.: GENERAL:— I regret that I shall not be able to attend the twenty-first annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee on the 5th and 6th proximo. Wishing you all a happy reunion, I remain, Yours, fraternally, etc.,

B. J. D. IRWIN, Lieutenant-Colonel and Brevet-Colonel, U. S. Army.

OTTAWA, O., Sept. 1, 1888. GENERAL J. W. FULLER:

Regret that engagements East make it impossible for me to be with you next Thursday.


Iowa City, Iowa, August 23, 1888. GENERAL J. W. FULLER,

Chairman Committee on Invitations: Dear GenERAL:—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your kind invitation to be present at the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, on the 5th and 6th of September next, and it is with regret I am compelled to announce my inability to be with you at that time. A prior engagement had been made to attend a series of agricultural fairs with some of my fine cattle, that will keep me fully occupied till after the 14th of September. Trusting that you may have a pleasant and enjoyable reunion, and with kindest regards to yourself personally, and to all my acquaintances of the grand old Army of the Tennessee, I am, as ever, Very truly, your friend,



Toledo, Ohio: MY DEAR COLONEL:-Your favor of yesterday, inviting me to respond to the toast, “Grand Army of the Republic," at the banquet to be given to the Army of the Tennessee, in your city, September 6th, is just received. It would afford me very great pleasure to accept the invitation and comply with your wishes, but I fear that it will be impossible fo me to be sent at that time, owing to press of work which will be crowded upon me on the eve of the National Encampment. However, I will not definitely decline. If I can arrange to be with you, I will notify you. Yours, in F. C. and L.,

JOHN P. Rea, Commander-in-Chief..

St. Louis, Mo., August 16, 1888. GenerAL L. F. LYTTLE,

Toledo, Ohio: DEAR SIR:-I am in receipt of yours of August 14th. Before this you have, no doubt, received mine of the 13th, explaining the reasons for the delay in answering your first letter, and saying that while I want to be present at the meeting, still, as I cannot decide for about a couple of weeks whether I can be, that I felt it would be best, under the circumstances, for your committee to select some one else to respond to the toast you assigned me.

Thanking you very much for the wish expressed that I should be present,

I am,

Very truly yours,


The President:—The next in order will be the report of the Treasurer, and I call on General Force, who presented following report:




CINCINNATI, August 31, 1888.


At the last meeting of the Society, the Permanent Fund contained $11,000 of government bonds and $852.15 in cash.

Since then it has received, interest on government bonds, $455, and from Colonel L. M. Dayton, Recording Secretary, $160, making a total of cash, $1467.15.

The expenditure has been $622.50 for a U. S. four per cent. registered bond for $500, $36.85, part payment of the cost of printing 700 copies of the report of proceedings of the last meeting, making a total expenditure, $1016.73.

There is now in this fund $11,500 of registered bonds and $450.42 in cash.

In the report of last year, I said a bond for $1,000 would be added in the coming year to the Permanent Fund. It seemed a prediction easily made, as the cash then in the fund, together with the interest on bonds for one year, would be enough to make the purchase. But continued drafts made upon it by reason of the deficiency of the General Fund to meet the necessary. current expenses of the Society, made such purchase impracticable, and a bond for $500 was bought.

The Society has for the last two years sanctioned the transfer of money from the Permanent Fund to the General Fund for the purpose of paying necessary current expenses. In the past year, covered by this report, I have, with the approval of the President of the Society, made no transfer from one fund to another, but have paid directly from the Permanent Fund so much of the bills necessary to be paid as the General Fund failed to pay.

On the 5th of August I received from the Recording Secretary his check for $18.15, and his receipted bill against the Society for $48.85, making together $67, to be taken as a remittance of $12 to the General Fund and $55 to the Permanent Fund. I at once entered the check as so much paid into the Permanent Fund; and as soon as the account was approved by the President, I entered $12 of it in the General Fund and the remaining $36.85 in the Permanent Fund as received from, and paid back to, the Recording Secretary.


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At the date of the last report there was nothing in the General Fund, Since then it has received from the Recording Secretary $274.

The expenditure has been: For framing and boxing resolutions as ordered by the meeting at Chicago, $16.50; outlay of the Recording Secretary for postage and express in 1885, 1886 and 1887, $52.10; bill of Mr. Whittaker for reporting and transcribing proceedings of the meeting at Detroit, $60; bill of the Safe Deposit Company for keeping the bonds belonging to the Society from November 3, 1887, to November 3, 1888, $6.90; payment of portion of account of the Recording Secretary for postage and express in 1887 and 1888, $12; and payment of portion of the bill for printing the proceedings of the last meeting, $126.50, making a total of $274.

I formerly kept the bonds of the Society in my box in the Safe Deposit Company. For the past year I have put them in the direct custody of the Safe Deposit Company, and kept only the certificate of deposit in my box. Hence the charge this year for their keeping.

Nothing has been paid to the Corresponding Secretary for postage, express and other necessary expenses since November, 1883, because no bill has been presented. There is an amount due; I do not know how much.

There is nothing in the General Fund.

My balance in bank is eighty cents greater than is shown by my accounts. and has been so since April 29, 1885, when, having to pay a bill of Robert Clarke & Co. for eighty cents, and not wishing to draw a check for that amount, I paid it from my own pocket, and have not yet drawn out the amount.

In my report to the last meeting I stated that the purpose with which I undertook the office of treasurer, to build up a permanent fund of $10,000, was accomplished; and its utility in meeting the expense, of meeting the continually increasing deficiency of the annual dues to pay the current annual expenses of the Society, had been demonstrated, and that it was time for me to give place to another. I understood, until the meeting had adjourned, that another had been elected my successor. I am profoundly grateful to the Society for repeated election to office; but as I am now with out business and without income, and too old to hope for either, it is not

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