On the 11th of December, 1886, there was a called meeting of the bar of Greenville, at which almost every member was present.
Colonel G. F. Townes was elected chairman and D. P. Verner secretary.
In taking the chair Colonel Townes announced the purpose of the meeting is to consider the action to be taken regarding the death of the leader of the bar, the late Governor B. F. Perry. He said:
GENTLEMEN OF THE GREENVILLE BAR:--To render due tribute to departed friends, and to express sorrow for their loss, is an instinct of our common humanity, stirring the most pathetic emotions of the heart. But when one of eminent merit, especially identified with a professional circle, is removed by death, the surviving members feel the loss most deeply, and are fond to recall the remembrance of the noble qualities and honorable career of the distinguished dead, and to give some utterance to the sentiments such remembrance inspires. The death of ex-Governor Benjamin Franklin Perry is, to us, an event sorrowful indeed and most profoundly regretted. We greatly esteemed him for his virtues. His was a life unstained by intemperance, uncontaminated by licentiousness. We admired his high character, conspicuous for ability and integrity, not only as a lawyer, but as a man, a citizen, public servant, and true patriot. His memory will last. The influence of his example, the good he has done, is not "interred with his bones." He never swerved from what he believed to be the right. Even when in a minority, breasting the storms of political strife, earning a