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WASHINGTON, January 8, 1890.
   The stated annual meeting of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution was held this day at 10.30 o'clock A.M.
   Present: The Chancellor, Chief-Justice MELVILLE W. FULLER; Hon. J.S. MORRILL, Hon. S.M. CULLOM, Hon. JOSEPH WHEELER, Hon. HENRY CABOT LODGE, Gen. M.C. MEIGS, Dr. ANDREW D. WHITE, Dr. J.B. ANGELL, Dr. HENRY COPPEE, Dr. J.C. WELLING, and the Secretary, S.P. LANGLEY.
   An excuse for non-attendance was read from the Hon. BENJAMIN BUTTERWORTH, and the Secretary stated that he had been informed, unofficially, that Senator R.L. GIBSON was detained in New York by illness.
   The following letter was read to the Board:

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, December 31, 1889.
   I regret that I find it advisable, from considerations of health and prudence, to resign the position which I have held for so many years as a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. With the best wishes for the prosperity f the Institution and the assurance of the highest personal regard for the members of the Board, I am,
   Very truly yours,

  To S.P Langley,
  Secretaryy of the Smithsonian Institution.

   On motion of Dr. Coppee, it was
   Resolved, That the Board having received the resignation of Dr. Noah Porter as a Regent, accept it with an expression of their regret and with assurances of their high personal esteem.
   The Journal of the Proceedings of the Board at the meeting of January 9, 1889, was read and approved.
   The secretary announced the appointment (January 6, 1890) by the honorable the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the following members of the House as Regents:
   Mr. HENRY CABOT LODGE, of Massachusetts.
   Mr. JOSEPH WHEELER, of Alabama.

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