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The Early American Spirit,
THE GENESIS OF IT.
AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE
NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
AT THE CELEBRATION OF ITS
RICHARD S. STORRS.
In consequence of the length of the following Address, occasional sentences, with two or three entire paragraphs, were omitted at the time of its delivery. They are, however, retained in the printed pamphlet, as in some degree important to the exhibition of the subject.,
Mr. President: Members Of The Historical
Society: Ladies, And Gentlemen:
The anniversary by which we are assembled marks the completion of the seventieth year of the useful life of this Society. It is an occasion of interest to all of us, if regarded only in this relation. There are some present who remember still the founders of the Society: Egbert Benson, its first President, John Pintard, Brockholst Livingston, Dr. John M. Mason, Drs. Samuel L. Mitchill and David Hosack, Rufus King, Samuel Bayard, Daniel D. Tompkins, DeWitt Clinton, and others whose names are less familiar. There are many present to whom are recalled memorable faces, by the names of those who in subsequent years received its honors, or shared its labors, who are not now among the living: John Jay, Albert Gallatin, John Duer, Dr. McVickar, Gulian Verplanck, Charles King, Dr. John W. Francis, William L. Stone, Edward Robinson, Luther Bradish, Romeyn Brodhead, Dr. De Witt.
All of us, who are of a studious habit, have enjoyed the labors and the influence of the Society, and have