4 PROCEEDINGS OF THE TRUSTEES
Remarks of President Hayes.
Since we last met a vacancy has been created in our Board
by the death of Mr. Dodge.
William E. Dodge died at his residence in New York city
on Friday, February 9, in the seventy-eighth year of his age.
He had long been one of the famous merchants of NeAV
York. He had great foresight, untiring energy, admirable
tact and judgment, and above all, unyielding honesty and
fidelity to principle. Few men have the courage of their
convictions in such full measure as it was possessed by Mr.
Dodge. His wise and generous benevolence and his practical
Christian character were known throughout his country and
almost throughout the world. His charities and the selection
of their objects and their distribution occupied a large share
of his uncommonly busy life. He acted upon the principle
that the estate with which Providence had blessed him was a
trust for the benefit of his fellow men.
He will be greatly missed and deeply mourned in many
circles. He was one of the first persons selected by Mr. Slater
to administer the trust in charge of this Board. His interest
in the success of the trust was exhibited on every fitting occa¬
sion. To attend our last meeting, held in the fall of 1882, he
labored to a late hour as presiding officer at the annual meeting
of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
at Portland, Maine, and without rest hastened to this city to
participate with us in the business of the John F. Slater Trust.
As one of the Executive Committee, at an inclement season
of the year, and while suffering from a painful injury to his
knee, he traveled to Cleveland to be present at a meeting of
the Committee, when his home engagements required him to
travel night and day to meet them. He was also a member