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[[header]] [[centered on page]] JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS. [[/centered on page]] [[aligned right margin]] XV [[/aligned right margin]] [[/header]] alluded to. He expressed the hope that a bill providing for both measures would have the support of the Regents in the Senate and in the House. After listening to statements by the Secretary relative to the estimates for the ensuing year, and also to the subject of the desirability of obtaining legislation relative to a statue of Professor Baird, the Regents considered the subject of a more convenient time for their annual meeting in January; and on motion of Senator Cullom it was-- [[italics]] Resolved [[/italics]], That hereafter the time of the annual meeting of the Board of Regents shall be on the fourth Wednesday in January of each year. Mr. Wheeler called the attention of the Board to the death of their late colleague, the Hon. S.S. Cox, and on his motion it was-- [[italics]] Resolved, [[/italics]] That a committee be appointed, of which the Secretary shall be chairman, which shall be authorized to prepare resolutions on the services and character of the late S.S. Cox, and to make the same of record. The chairman announced as the committee, the Secretary, General Wheeler, Dr. Welling, Mr. Lodge. The committee submitted the following report and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted: [[italics]] To the Board of Regents: [[/italics]] Your committee report that the Hon. S.S. Cox was first appointed a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution December 19, 1861, and that he filled that office, except for intervals caused by public duties, to the time of his death. While he was a regular attendant at all the meetings of the Board, he was ever ready to advance the interests of the Institution and of science, either as a Regent or as a member of Congress; and although such men as Hamlin, Fessenden, Colfax, Chase, Garfield, Sherman, Gray, and Waite, in a list comprising Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Chief Justices, and Senators of the United States were his associates, there were none whose service was longer or more gratefully to be remembered, nor perhaps any to whom the Institution owes more than to Mr. Cox. The regard in which his brother Regents held Mr. Cox's accuracy of characterization, and his instinctive recognition of all that is worthiest of honor in other men, may be inferred from the eulogies which he was requested by them to deliver, among which may be particularly mentioned the one at the commemoration in honor of Professor Henry in the House of Representatives; but though these only illustrate a very small part of his services as a Regent, your committee are led by their consideration to recall that his first act upon your Board was the preparation and delivery of an address, at the request of the Regents, on their late colleague, Stephen A. Douglas, and that on this occasion he used words which your committee permit themselves to adopt, as being in their view singularly characteristic of Mr. Cox himself: "It was not merely as one of its Regents that he showed himself the true and enlightened friend of objects kindred to those of this establishment. He ever advocated measures which served to advance knowledge and promote the progress of humanity. The encourage-
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