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THE NEW YORK
ARTOR. LENOX AND
J. Watts de Leyster:
MASTER OF ARTS, Columbia College, of New York, 1872. ROSE HILL, IN THE TOWNSHIP OF RED HOOK, NEAR TIVOLI P. O., DUCHESS Co., N. Y.
JUDGE ADVOCATE, with the rank of MAJOR, 1845.
COLONEL N. Y. S. I. 1846; assigned for "Meritorious Conduct," 1849; BRIGADIER-GENERAL for " Important Service" [first appointment-in N. Y. State-to that rank, hitherto elective] 1851, M. F. S. N. Y. ADJUTANT-GENERAL, S. N. Y. 1855. BREVET MAJOR-GENERAL, S. N. Y., for "Meritorious Services." [first and only general officer receiving such an honor (the highest) from S. N. Y.,] and the only officer THUS brevetted (Major-General) in the United States.] by "Special Act," or "Concurrent Resolution," New York State Legislature, April, 1866.
LAWS OF NEW YORK, Vol. 2.-89th Session, 1866, Page 2142. Concurrent Resolution requesting the Governor to confer upon Brigadier-General J. WATTS DE PUYSTER [de Peyster] the brevet rank of Major* [General] in the National Guard of New York.
RESOLVED, (if the Senate concur,) That it being a grateful duty to acknowledge in a suitable manner the services of a distinguished citizen of this State, rendered to the National Guard and to the United States prior to and during the Rebellion, the Governor be and he is hereby authorized and requested to confer upon Brigadier-General J. WATTS DE PUYSTER [de Peyster] the brevet rank of major-General in the National Guard of New York, for meritorious services, which mark of honor shall be stated in the Commission conferred.
STATE OF NEW YORK, in Assembly, April 9th, 1866. The foregoing Resolution was duly passed. By order of the Assembly.
J. B. CUSHMAN, Clerk. STATE OF NEW YORK, in Senate, April 20th, 1866. By order of the Senate,
JAS. TERWILLIGER, Clerk.
The foregoing Resolution was duly passed. *So in original.
MILITARY AGENT, S. NYY., (in Europe,) 1851-'3. HONORARY MEMBER, THIRD CLASS, of the MILITARY ORDER of the LOYAL LEGION of the U. S. FIRST HONORARY MEMBER Third (Army of the Potomac) Corps Union. MEMBER--10th June, 1872, DIRECTOR--of the GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION. MEMBER OF THE NETHERLANDISH LITERARY ASSOCIATION [Maatschappij der Nederlandsche Letterkunde] at Leyden, Holland.
RECIPIENT, 1856, of Three Silver Medals from H. R. M. OSCAR, King of Sweden and Norway, &c., for a Military Biography of LEONARD TORSTENSON, Field Marshal, Generalissimo; of a Gold Medal in 1852, from WASHINGTON HUNT, Governor S. N. Y., for "Efforts to Improve the Military System of New York," &c. &c., and Suggestions for a Paid Fire Department with Steam Fire Engines, &c. &c.:
of a Gold Medal in 1852, from the FIELD AND STAFF OFFICERS of his Command, 9th Brig., 3 Div., N. Y. S. Troops, "In testimony of their Esteem and Appreciation of his Efforts towards the Establishment of an efficient Militia," &c.: in 1870, of
a Magnificient BADGE, MEDAL and CLASPS voted at the Annual
May 5th, 1870, when
A Resolution was adopted to present a Gold Medal of the value of $500, to Gen. J. WATTS DE PEYSTER, of New York, as a testimonial of the appreciation by the Corps of his eminent services in placing upon record the true history of its achievements, and in defending its commanders and their men from written abuse and misrepresentation;"
and of several other Badges, Medals, &c., for services in connection with the military service
of the PHILOSOPHIAN SOCIETY, Missionary Institute, Selin's Grove,
(BURNS was a member of the Dumfries Volunteers, of which Col. ARENT SCHUYLER DE PRYSTER, 8th or King's Foot B. A., was Colonel, to whom the "National Bard of Scotland "addressed, just before his death, in 1796, his "POEM ON LIFE,") and LIFE MEMBER of the ST. NICHOLAS SOCIETY of NKW YORK,
(of which city JOHANNES DE PEYSTER, first of the name in the New World, was Schepen, 1655, Alderman, 1666, Burgomaster, 1673, Deputy Mayor, 1677. Mayoralty offered and refused.) MEMBER
of the NEW YORK, of the RHODE ISLAND (Newport) and of the PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL SOCIETIES, of the MILITARY ASSOCIATION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, and of the CENTURY CLUB, New York City. LIFE MEMBER
of the HISTORICAL SOCIETY of MICHIGAN,
of the NEW YORK GALLERY OF FINE ARTS, and Director of the N. Y. INSTITUTION for the INSTRUCTION OF THE DEAF AND DUMB,
and of the NUMISMATIC and ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETY of NEW YORK. LIFE MEMBER or FELLOW of the AMERICAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY; PATRON of the ASSOCIATION for the BENEFIT OF COLORED ORPHANS, and of the NEW YORK DISPENSARY; LIFE DIRECTOR of the AMERICAN TRACT, and LIFE MEMBER of the AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY, N. Y. CORRESPONDING MEMBER
of the STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETIES of MAINE, of VERMONT, of RHODE ISLAND, (Providence,) of CONNECTICUT, and of WISCONSIN; of the LONG ISLAND and of the BUFFALO HISTORICAL SOCIETIES; of the NEW ENGLAND HISTORIO-GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY; of the QUEBEC LITERARY & HISTORICAL SOCIETY;
of the NUMISMATIC AND ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
of PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania;
etc. etc. etc.