Beersheba Springs Grundy County Tenn: August 13.1859
Upon notification the following persons, members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees ofthe University ofthe South. Rt. Rev Jas: H. Otey, Chairman, Rt. Rev L. Polk, Rt Rev Stephen Elliot, Rev David Pise, Jno M. Bass Esqr., Geo R. Fairbanks Esqr., and together [were?] organized by the
elect appoint= =ment of ^Rev David Pise, D [.D.?] Secr.
On motion of Bp: Polk, it was Resolved, That [&c?] [it?] (Ob[servatory Instruments &c?])
On motion of Bp: Elliot, it was Resolved, That [&c?] B. (Bp:
Otey's Polks corresp[ond?] for Gardener.)
On motion of Geo. R Fairbanks, it was Resolved, [&c?] C. (Public Documents.)
On motion of Bp: Elliot, it was Resolved, That [&c?] D. (C[orrespondence?] with Dr. [Jelf?].[A??])
On motion of Bp: Polk. ^Resolved (E.) ^Horse, & Forester.
On motion of Bp. Polk. Resolved [&c?] F. additional cabins.
Resolved, That the Chacellor of the University be requested to open a correspondence with [Lieut?] Maury of the National Observatory with
of the view of obtaining for the [use?] of the University, a ^complete Set of the instruments for Meteorological Observation /in his hands for/ [distribition?] ^by the Smithsonian Institute [&c?] to be placed in the [? for?] hands of the Engineers of the University with for the purpose of Cond[ucting?] determining Scientific data.
Resolved that Bp Polk & M Bass be authorized to
go to Winchester & [sett?] make arrangements to settle the titles [of?] ^to all the lands granted to the University by the Sewanee Mining Com. & [other matters?]: & also to make any arrangement [they may think important?] for the [increase of the terri-?] to the interest ^tory of the University, which they may deem nescessary.
Resolved, That the Rt Revd Bishop Polk be authorized during his [Visit?] [at?] the [North?] to open a correspondence
with C[??p??d?] for the purposes of ob[taining?] a Landscape Gard[ener?], for the use of the University.