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Lot 221: **R.M.S. TITANIC: CHARLES MELVILLE HAYS TITANIC DOCUMENTS: Char
Titanic & Travel Memorabilia
22 October 2016
Devizes, United Kingdom
Description: **R.M.S. TITANIC: CHARLES MELVILLE HAYS TITANIC DOCUMENTS: Charles Melville Hays was a 55 year-old First Class Titanic passenger originally from Illinois, USA who had been living in Quebec, Canada. As general manager and president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway he had travelled to England on company business. He was returning home on Titanic to attend to the grand opening of one of the Grand Trunk's Canadian hotels. Hays died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the cable ship Minia. This lot consists of the Grand Trunk's original typed minutes of the Directors' Meeting of Thursday, April 25th 1912 held in Montreal, Canada on 2 legal-size pages with punch holes and company stamp for London, 6th May 1912. The minutes identify the directors in attendance and contain the passage of a resolution discussing the loss of their late president, Charles Melville Hays on Titanic. In part, …we deplore that his life could not have been spared to carry to completion this great undertaking…in the growth and development of the Dominion of Canada and of the transportation systems of the world. The directors resolve to forward Hays's wife an engrossed copy of their resolution. The above minutes are accompanied by a copy letter dated April 22nd 1912 from J.R. Booth, one of Grand Trunk's directors in Ottawa, Canada to the main office in Montreal expressing sympathy over Hays's loss. Letter size with copy stamp and company stamp. The lot also includes a copy telegram on glossy company headed telegram paper with original company stamps also from J.R. Booth to the company expressing his sympathy. All the documents in the lot are attached to each other with a permanent fastener in the upper left. While all the documents have historical value, the original company minutes discussing the loss of Hays is certainly the most historical and important document in the lot. Provenance: Deaccession of archives of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.