Chapter 7 – War and its Aftermath

In the latter half of the nineteenth century the life of the people of South Carolina was again violently wrenched out of its normal course. The situation was not unlike that of 1775. An irksome union with other states, a conviction that separation was the only remedy, a resultant war, and after the war many years of readjustment. But there were important differences.  The struggle for independence in 1775 was in the end successful; that of 1860 failed, and failure made the difficult problems of reconstruction more difficult – more vexing even than those of the war. In another respect, however, they were less complicated. The people divided on the issue of independence in 1860 as they had in 1775. Some were Unionists and some Secessionists, as formerly there had been Loyalists and Whigs; but the Unionists, with few exceptions, accepted the decision of the majority – something that the Loyalists had not done. Consequently the War of Secession caused no disruption of society from within and left no factions to be united in the years which followed.

Charleston was again in the midst of the clash of arms. The war opened in April 1861 with the attack upon Sumter, one of her harbor fortresses.  Then came the Federal ships to blockade the port. In November Port Royal, down the coast to the south, was captured, and the enemy approached the city from that direction, coming over the sea islands.  This advance was checked, but the enemy soon renewed his efforts. In the spring of 1863 the siege began in earnest. It was not ended until February 1865, when surrender was finally made. For months the city was bombarded by the besiegers. Certain sections were deserted. Many people left altogether seeking safety in the interior. Under such conditions the regular habits of life were impossible.

The successive episodes of this great crisis – the decision to secede from the Union, the war with this loss of life and property, the long painful reconstruction which followed – are reflected in the history of the St. Andrew’s Society. Circumstances, which have been described above, brought the Secession Convention to the Society’s hall on December 19, 1860.1 There on the following day the Ordinance of Secession was adopted, and there the Convention continued to make throughout its first (to January 5, 1861) and second (March 26 to April 10, 1861) sessions. After that he returned to Columbia, the original place of the meeting. The use of the hall for this purpose involves some sacrifice on the part of the Society. Permission to occupy it was evidently first granted by the officers, or at the meeting of December 31st a member asked for information regarding their arrangement. This being furnished by the president, he then moved “that the free use of the Hall be tendered the South Carolina Convention.”  The motion was promptly amended to the following effect:

“That whereas it is the earnest wish, as it is the duty, of this Society to extend its utmost courtesy & liberality to the Convention of the State of South Carolina which has had their Hall for their meetings since the 18th of the present month, and may continue therein for some indefinite time, and whereas this Society is the Custodian of an important Charity, the Trustee of Widows & Orphans, it is incumbent upon it to see that the same Trust shall receive no detriment from the cessation of revenue hereto accrueing from the hiring of the Hall to parties; be it therefore resolved that it be referred to the Officers of the Society to make such an arrangement with the Committee  [of the convention] as will combine justice to our trust with liberality in regard to the August Body now occupying the Hall.”2

But this amendment was lost. In the end the Society not only refuse to accept any remuneration from the convention, but also agreed to alterations in its arrangement to further the comfort of the delegates. Even the hallkeeper “patriotically surrendered his fees.”3

the great fire which destroyed the St. Andrew’s Hall just a year after this incident might be considered as a result of the confusion occasioned by the war. On the night of December 11th a party of negroes en route for the up-country, were cooking their supper on a wharf on the Cooper River. Their fire became unmanageable and had soon spread to a warehouse nearby. From there it passed rapidly from building to building. The absence of many citizens on military duty had left the fire companies disorganized, and no effective resistance could be made until the troops from the camp above the city arrived. General Ripley then took charge, and at last the plans were arrested. But before this was accomplished a large area have been reduced to “smoky ruins.”4

Just exactly what happened at the St. Andrew’s Hall on the terrible night is not clear. It seems that certain members – Messrs. Walter Cade, Alexander Macdonald, George Brown, James D. Kilpatrick, and J. Ward Hopkins – saw that the building was doomed. They set to work, as no doubt many others did at other public buildings and private residences, to save what they could. Perhaps the thoughts turned at once to the Victoria portrait, and this was first carried to safety. Then they hurriedly removed other objects – how many they cannot be determined. In the resolution of banks which was tendered these gentlemen mention is made of quote all the paintings, snuff mulls, and other relics of the society, together with the Secession furniture presented to the society by the convention.”5 It is certain that among the “other relics” were the seal, the Secession gavel and paper weight, and some of the records, for these are now in existence, but it may be that other things were saved at the time only to be lost in the confusion which prevailed in the city. It was difficult to see that they were properly cared for. Mr. George Brown took the Victoria portrait to his home; Mr. Douglas Nisbet, another member, took charge of the other objects; and possibly places were found elsewhere for still others. Nothing further appears to have been done about them until November 1862, when the Society ordered that its “valuables….. including the paintings, be sent to such point for security as the officers may designate.”6  At the December meeting the president reported that “the paintings were sent to Mr. Robt. Bryce, Columbia, who has kindly consented to place the same in his own warehouse free of charge for storage.“7 There, it seems, but they were destroyed when Columbia was burned.8 there is no certainty as to what was included in the consignment to Mr. Bryce. Very probably the Victoria portrait, but what besides? Were some things overlooked when the packing was done? It seems that they were, and they were restored, doubtless to the joy of the Society, after the war.

On December 19th, a week after the fire, the members came together in extra session “to consider the circumstances in which the Society was placed by the burning of their Hall.”9 the met in the building of the South Carolina Society and heard read the following invitation to make this their place of meeting in the future:

To the Officers and Members 

    Of the St. Andrew’s Society 

Gentlemen – 

While I condole with you individually in the destructive ravages of the late disastrous fire, I am gratified in being the agent of the South Carolina Society in communicating to you, and through you to St. Andrew’s Society, the enclosed Resolutions of the Society which I represent, and beg leave to assure you all of my cordial co-operation in these proceedings. 

   I had the honour to be very respectfully 

    Your most obediant servant 

        Joseph Johnson 

        Steward of the South Carolina Society” 

The resolutions were as follows:

“Whereas – an ancient and much esteemed kindred Association, the St. Andrew’s Society, has severely suffered in the late disastrous conflagration by the destruction of their beautiful and time-honored edifice 

Therefore be it unanimously: 

Resolved – That we sincerely sympathize with the members of the St. Andrew’s Society in the loss they have sustained. 

Resolved – That we cordially and freely tendered them the use of our Hall and will fill ourselves obliged if they will accept it as an asylum until they are again permitted to assemble under their own roof-tree. 

Resolved – That our steward be respectfully requested to communicate these proceedings to the St. Andrew’s Society. 

                                           W. J. Lesesne 

                                                    Clerk.” 

This generous offer was accepted for the time being, but the Society was unwilling to take advantage of the hospitality of its host for an indefinite period. Some thought was given to the possibility of rebuilding its own hall at once. The fire had not cause a complete loss. Not only was the insurance, amounting to $17,500, probably paid, but the old walls were still standing, not so badly damaged that they could not be used. Besides the keeper’s house had only been slightly burned.10 This project, however, was postponed, and in the meantime (February 1863) the Society rented a Hall belonging to the Elmore Insurance Company. Here the meetings were held until the following November when this place for some reason – possibly because it lay within the range of the besiegers’ guns – was abandoned. The anniversary meeting was held “on Thomas Street over the store of Messrs. Love and Wienges.”  During remaining period of the war the Society met in various places – No. 8 Alexander Street, Bonum’s Hall on John Street and Vanderhorst and Tully’s on a quarter of Rutledge and Mill Streets – outside of the danger zone.11

While the city was under siege, the Society found it impossible to meet with his accustomed regularity.  On October 31, 1863, the secretary wrote into the minutes that “owing to existing circumstances and the absence of many members from the city now among the refuges in the country resulting from the siege on the city no meeting has been called since 30th June last.” At only two meetings (February and June 1864) between December 31, 1863 and October 31, 1864, where quorums present, and after November 30, 1864, no business was transacted until the following October. Only once (1864) during the four years of the war was there a sufficient number of members present at the anniversary meetings to permit an election of officers, but under the rules the incumbents continue to serve. As early as 1861 it was resolved “that owing to the existing state of affairs this Society will dispense with their annual dinner and in place of which the stewards be authorized to prepare a collation.”  The dinner was likewise dispensed with in the following years of the war. No one had hard for dinners when any meeting was likely to bring such news as: “The chair announced inappropriate terms the death, since our last business meeting, of a very worthy member, Major David Ramsay, who died from a wound received in battle on Morris Island in defense of Battery Wagener,” or “the chair announced the death…of Mr. J. Ward Hopkins, Capt. of Company…., 27th Regiment, S. C. V., who fell in front of Petersburg at the head of his command fighting for the liberty of his country,” or “the chair announced the death… of George Brown who fell at the head of his Company (Union Light Infantry – Scotch Company) in the trenches in front of Petersburg,Va.”12

In one matter, however, there was no interruption.  The war caused much distress among the poor.  More than ordinary zeal in their behalf was necessary.  With this in mind the Society seems to have resolved that whatever else might happen, its pensioners should not go unprovided for.  Of the fifteen widows on the bounty list in 1860, one received $115 and the other fourteen $100 each, making a total of $1515.13  A decline in revenue made it necessary at the next anniversary to reduce the appropriation to $1120, but by doing away with the usual dinner and cutting down expenses in other ways the Society was able before the end of the year to increase this to the former figure and to provide for two additional pensioners.14  Before the next St. Andrew’s Day the sum received from the insurance on the hall had been invested, and it was possible to give $1790.15  This was increased to $2195 in 186316  and to $2900 in the last year of the war, although “the state of siege and bombardment” had prevented the pensioners from making the applications required by the rules.17

At the anniversary meeting of 1865 the committee on charity made no report.  With the charity made no report.  With the collapse of the Confederacy the funds of the Society had melted away.  The public securities and bank stock which it owned were almost worthless.  Some $3,000 in Confederate currency had no value at all.18 The membership fees were practically the only remaining source of revenue.  After deciding that the arrears due in Confederate money should be settled on a United States currency basis and agreeing that the amounts due “by members who were engaged in the late war should be credited to their several accounts if they so desired it,” the Society appointed a committee to assist the treasurer to make collections.19 But the members had suffered losses of their own.  On November 30, 1866, the committee reported that “owing to various circumstances they had not been able to add much to the funds of the Society but had the promise of several responsible parties that with indulgence they would meet their indebtedness.”

The Society recovered very slowly from the effects of the war.  With the loss of its funds had gone the money with which it was planned to restore the hall.  In 1866 the meetings were held at various places, but in February of the next year it was decided to return to the South Carolina Hall, on the condition, however, that the Society should be permitted to bear the expenses occasioned by its occupancy.20  Even then the hope of once more having its own building was not entirely abandoned.  That this hope might be realized, but more particularly that the Society might be enabled to resume its charitable work, it was resolved in July 1868 that an appeal should be made to the “St. Andrew’s Societies of Northern States and Scotchmen generally.” Accordingly a committee of two members was appointed “to canvass donations at the North,” and the following memorial was prepared to be sent to “the different Scotch Societies:”

“The St. Andrew’s Society of Charleston, S. C., one of the oldest in the United States, was instituted in 1729 and was comprised of Scotchmen or their descendants,

its design being in common with that of all other St. Andrew’s Societies charitable in its nature.

It had a large membership, and by prudence and economy in the management of its investments it had realized an ample fund, so that it was enabled to dispense a large amount in charity.  Its annual distributions among widows and orphans amounted to $1,200.  Nor was its beneficence confined to its own members, for at one period it sent a large amount to further education in Scotland;21  in 1847 it remitted eight thousand dollars to relieve its destitute countrymen in the Highlands and Island of Scotland; and likewise it assisted the sufferers in other areas in the Union during the seasons that the ravages of yellow fever caused so much distress.

The Society before the war had acquired a considerable property, amounting to nearly $50,000, a large portion of which was invested in bank stock and other public securities of but little value.  Its membership now numbers…having numbered as much as…. in…..  As that is now the only source of its income, the Society is almost without the means of extending any charity whatever.  Three hundred and sixty dollars is all that it was able to appropriate last year, the amount being altogether inadequate to afford relief to the increased number of applicants.

The destructive fire that swept over the city in December 1861 destroyed with other buildings the St. Andrew’s Hall, an ornament to the city for many years and the source of an annual revenue to the Society. The walls of that building still remain in a fair state of preservation and can be built upon.

Appealing to the national sympathies which bind and animate all Scotchmen, the Saint Andrew’s Society of Charleston, reduced in its membership and stript of its means, desires to lay before her sister St. Andrew’s Societies and individual Scotchmen wherever they may be found the above statement of its past prosperity and usefulness compared with its present destitution and inability to discharge the claims of its numerous and suffering pensioners, and to solicit such generous contributions as the charitable of our countrymen may be prompted to bestow, so that the Society may be restored to its former vitality and may continue to follow the example of its worthy founders by promoting social intercourse and by dispensing its charity to relieve the widow and the orphan.”22

But this appeal brought no response.  The committee which was appointed to canvass subscriptions found it impossible at the time to make the necessary journey, and it does not appear that they did at a later time. The Society was left to its own resources.

It may be that the idea of appealing for assistance to other St. Andrew’s Societies was suggested by an act of courtesy which was extended in 1866 to the president of the Charleston organization by the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York. Whether this be true of not, this act presents as interesting illustration of the readiness with which social ties were re-established between the two sections of the Union as soon as the war was over.  The following communication was read to the members of the Society on the occasion of its 13th anniversary:

 

      “New York, 19th Novbr. 1866 

   Robert Mure 

   President of St. Andrew’s Society 

   Charleston, S. C. 

   Dear Sir: 

I have the honor to inform you that at the regular preparatory meeting of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, held in this city on the 8th inst., your name was enrolled as an honorary member of said society, and to express the hope that this step will receive your sanction. 

In doing so the Society desires to recognize, in the only way prescribed by its constitution, its sense of your long and unwearied energies to alleviate the sufferings and to administer to the wants of our distressed fellow-countrymen in the city of your residence, and to promote that kindly feeling which should distinguish Scotia’s sons, north and south, east and west. 

A certificate of membership will be sent you after our anniversary meeting. 

I am glad to report that the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York shews this year a more than usual vitality and spirit, and the members are looking forward to the 30th with much interest. 

Hoping that your venerable society will continue to flourish and that you may be spared to continue your good work, 

    I am Dear Sir, 

        Yours very truly, 

                 Jas. Callender 

                      Secr’y of the St. Andrew’s Society of 

                           the State of New York” 

 

The members promptly responded in the following manner:

Resolved – 1. That the members of the St. Andrew’s Society of Charleston do most cordially appreciate the compliment paid to their Society by the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York in their having recently enrolled as an honorary member the president of our Society, Robert Mure, Esq.

Resolved – 2. That this Society most heartily and sympathetically responds to the sentiments so eloquently express in the communication of James Callender, Esq., Secretary of their benevolent institution, and tho’ shorn of its wealth by the late cruel

war, shall never cease its exertions to relieve the distressed and to promote that social and kindly feeling which should distinguish Scotia’s Sons throughout the world.

Resolved – 3. That William Wood, Esq. President of the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York be enrolled as an honorary member of this society. Also that a copy of these resolutions before did to the Society in New York. 23

The generation of Charlestonians which followed the War of Secession and heavy burdens to bear. The individual was largely absorbed in his own problems with little time to give to the organizations which had been so earnestly cultivated in ante-bellum days. Between 1865 and 1892 only sixty gentlemen join the St. Andrew’s Society. Their activities were necessarily limited. Their anniversary dinners were neither as largely attended nor as elaborate as they had formerly been. There gives to charity were small in comparison to what they had once been. But these years are not without evidences of recovery. In 1870 the Society published a new edition of its rules with the minor revisions which had been made since 1844. Along with these were printed the centennial address by Mr. Mitchell King, a list of members admitted since 1729, and a sketch of the history of the Society. 24 The next year certain “relics” which had been saved from the fire of 1861 were restored area the following letter, which accompanied them, explains how they had escaped the fate of the other treasures:

“To the Officers & Members of 

    the St. Andrew’s Society 

Gentlemen: 

As I had moved to Mount Pleasant for the summer and have given up my house in the city, I had sent to the South Carolina Hall  the articles belonging to the Society which I have had in charge; viz.  Two (2) Portraits left by Dr. Philip Tidyman to the Society and one case containing the Records, Seals, Secession Mallet, Snuff Mulls, etc.  This case, commonly called the ’strong box,’ has been in my custody since it was saved from the fire of December 1861 all thro’ the war, and I now deliver it up. 

There are other articles of furniture etc. and I again respectfully suggest to the Society the propriety of obtaining a place for meetings, which can be called their own, and ordered that the “relics” can be got together… 

    I am with much respect 

        Your obdt. servt. 

                Douglas Nisbet.   

P.S. The keys of the ‘strong box’ are in my possession. 

                                     D.N.”25 

In 1888 the two portraits, after having been restored, were placed on the walls of the South Carolina Hall.26

The “stock” of the Society once more began to accumulate. The members were better able to pay their dues. In 1874 the lot in Broad Street was sold for $4500, and this sum profitably invested.27 Two years later the committee on accounts felt able to report that the financial affairs of the Society were in “good condition.”28Consequently it was possible to increase the donations to charity.  After 1876 the Society appropriated annually between $400 and $500 for its pensioners.29 In 1888 a contribution of $50 was sent to needy persons in Jacksonville, Florida, who were suffering from the effects of yellow fever, and the next year $100 was contributed to the “Johnstown flood sufferers.”30 

From 1859 to 1893 the St. Andrew’s Society had four presidents: Robert Mure (1859-1871), W. G. de Saussure (1871-1886), James Allan (1886-1891), and A. S. Johnston (1891-1893).  Mr. Mure, like many of his predecessors, was a native of Scotland having been born at Kirkcudbright in 1812. For nearly 30 years he was a merchant Charleston. At the time of his death he was President of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce.31 Mr. de Saussure was a lawyer. He was born in Charleston in 1822. During the War of Secession fee was for a time in command of Fort Moultrie with the rank of colonel. He was subsequently made adjutant general of South Carolina. At the time of his death (February 1, 1886) Mr. de Saussure was president of the Cincinnati Society, the Charleston Library Society, the St. Cecilia Society, and the St. Andrew’s Society.32 Mr Allan was born in Caithness, Scotland, in 1832. He came with his father, Alexander Allan, to Charleston five years later. Having studied watchmaking under Mr. Francis Stein, “he gradually made his way to the management of an important business in jewelry and watchmaking.” During the War of Secession he was a lieutenant of volunteers. For a time he was school commissioner in Charleston, and after the earthquake of 1886 he was chairman of the commission in charge of restoring the school buildings.32 Mr. Johnston was born in Charleston in 1811, I spent the greater part of his youth in Scotland. Returning to Charleston in 1838 he found employment with the business house of S. & I. Watson.  He was subsequently admitted to a partnership. At the close of the War Mr. Johnston was arrested and imprisoned by the Federal authorities on the grounds that he had participated in blockade-running. After his release he re-established his business, but soon gave up his active part in it to become president of the Bank of Charleston. He was President of the St. Andrew’s Society when his death occurred.34 

NOTES TO THE TEXT 

VII. WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH

  1. 1.     Journal of the Convention of the People of South Carolina Held in 1860, 1861, and 1862
  2. 2.     Minute Book No. 3, pp. 353-354 
  3. 3.     Ibid., pp. 355-356. 
  4. 4.     Ravenel, Mrs. St. Julien, Charleston The Place and the People (1927), pp. 496-497. 
  5. 5.     Minute Book No. 3, p. 369. Miss Margaret B. Mure, daughter of President Robert Mure, recently stated in a letter to Mr. W. G. Mazyck that she clearly remembered having seen the Victoria portrait after the fire in the home of Mr. George Brown. Concerning the things which were cared for by Mr. Douglas Nisbet, see his letter below. The paper-weight was not restored to the Society until 1903: “Major R. G. Thomas on behalf of Rev. Alexander Mitchell of Greenville, S. C. presented to the Society a paper-weight which was used in the St. Andrew’s Hall at the time the Ordinance of Secession was passed; the following inscription is pasted upon it, vix: ‘This weight was used on the Ordinance of Secession when it was passed in Charleston; it was rescued by Capt. Ward Hopkins when St. Andrew’s Hall was burned.  Capt. W. Hopkins was killed in Va.’” Minute Book No. 5, p. 14. 
  6. 6.     Minute Book No. 3, p. 379. 
  7. 7.     Ibid., p. 380. 
  8. 8.     Concerning the probability of this, see ch. V. 
  9. 9.     Minute Book No. 3, p. 367 ff. 
  10. 10.  Of this amount $7,550 was collected from the Royal Insurance Company of Liverpool, Minute Book No. 3, pp. 358, 371. 
  11. 11.  For these places of meeting see Minute Book No. 3, pp. 388-399. 
  12. 12.  Minute Book No. 3, pp. 392, 394, and 396. 
  13. 13.  Ibid ., p. 352. 
  14. 14.  Ibid ., p. 366, 373. 
  15. 15.  Ibid ., p. 381. 
  16. 16.  Ibid ., p. 391. 
  17. 17.  Ibid ., p. 398. On account of the mark depreciation of Confederate currency the appropriation of 1864 represented considerably less of actual value for the pensioners than that of 1860, but since the receipts of the Society were in the form of this car seat at face value, the figures in reality stand for a great increase of effort. 
  18. 18.  Ibid ., p. 401. 
  19. 19.  Ibid ., p. 402. 
  20. 20.  Ibid ., p. 415-416. 
  21. 21.  Minute Book No. 3, pp. 428, 429-431. There is little reason to doubt that this memoral was actually sent out, pictures in its name and that, on account of the confusion of the war times, nothing was said of the matter in the minutes.  The will of Dr. Tidyman’s daughter, if there is one might establish this point, but this is not available.  For information concerning the identification of the portraits see Minute Book No. 6, pp. 84, 90, 91. 
  22. 27.  Minute Book No. 3, pp. 513, 516-517. 
  23. 28.  Minute Book No. 4, p. 17. 
  24. 29.  An estimate based on the reports of the committee on charity which form a regular part of the minutes. 
  25. 30.  Minute Book No. 4,pp. 126, 133. 
  26. 31.  Minute Book No. 3, pp. 478-481 and Charleston Daily Courier, June 2, 1871. 
  27. 32.  Minute Book No. 4,pp. 86-93. 
  28. 33.  Minute Book No. 5,pp. 152-153; Minute Book No. 6, pp.25-40; and Hemphill, J. C. (ed.), Men of Mark in South Carolina(1908), II, p. 3-4. 
  29. 34.  Minute Book No. 4,  pp. 184, 187-188 and  The Sunday News, March 19, 1893.  

for on September 30, 1868 the Society ordered that it “be printed and that copies be circulated among the different Scotch Societies in the Northern States and elsewhere, with the request of the same be submitted to their members for action.” It does seem odd, however, that there is no further mention of it in the minutes. 

  1. 35.  Ibid ., p. 431. 
  2. 23.  Ibid ., pp. 412-414. 
  3. 24.  Ibid ., pp. 462, 468, 470. Concerning this edition of the rules, see the biographical note. 
  4. 25.  Ibid ., pp. 484-485. 
  5. 26.  Considerable controversy has arisen over the identity of these two portraits.  Dr. Tidyman gave the Society a portrait of Dugald Stewart in 1842 (see Ch. V., note 28).  For many years it was believed that this was one of the two which Mr. Nisbet had turned over to the Society in 1871. In 1923 this assumption was proved to be erroneous when it was positively identified Mr. Lawrence Parks, Mass., as a portrait of John Philip Kemble, the English actor, by Sir Martin Shee, President of the Royal Academy.  How this Kemble portrait came into the possession of the Society was explained a short time afterward by the discovery, through the efforts of Miss Mabel Webber, Secretary of the South Carolina Historical Society, of Dr. Tidyman’s will (dated March 2, 1843 and proved July 2, 1850) in which he bequeathed this very picture to the Society.  It was further provided in the will that the Society should receive the Doctor’s own portrait by Sully after the death of his daughter.  This established, beyond all reasonable doubt, the identity of both pictures.  In consequence, a doubt has been raised as to whether the Society every owned the Dugald Stewart portrait, but of this there can no longer be any uncertainty.  In all probability it was among the paintings sent to Columbia in 1862 (note 6, 8 above) and there lost.  There has also been much speculation as to how the Kemble and Tidyman portraits escaped the fate of the other pictures.  It is my opinion that they had not been delivered to the Society prior to 1862, for it is unlikely, if they had, that they would have been omitted from the shipment to Columbia.  Furthermore, Mr. Nisbet (see letter p. 124), after mentioning that he was sending to the Society two portraits and one case, states that the case had been in his custody since the fire.  This would seen to imply that the portraits had come under his care some time later.  Mr. Nisbet was an officer of the Society at this time (1861-1871), and it is quite possible that he received  

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