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PULCHRUM EST BENEFACERE REIPUBLICÆ; ETIAM BENEDICERE HAUD ABSURDUM EST,

NEW YORK:

PRESS OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

MDCCCLII.

US so22.40.24

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

BOUOHT FROM
DUPLICATE MONEY
AUG 15 1940

ENTERED

According to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by the

NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States

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I DEDICATE

THIS ADDRESS

TO

THE HON. LUTHER BRADISH,

PRESIDENT

OF THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY,

AS A PROOF OF PRIVATE FRIENDSHIP, AND PUBLIC REGARD.

DANIEL WEBSTER.

NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 24, 1852.

ADDRESS.

The object of your Association, Gentlemen, like that of others of similar character, is highly important. Historical Societies are auxiliary to Historical compositions. They collect the materials from which the great narrative of events is, in due time, to be framed. The transactions of public bodies, local histories, memoirs of all kinds, statistics, laws, ordinances, public debates and discussions, works of periodical literature, and the public journals, whether of political events, of commerce, literature, or the arts, all find their places in the collections of Historical Societies. But these collections are not history ; they are only elements of history. History is a higher name, and imports literary productions of the first order.

It is presumptuous in me, whose labors and studies have been so long devoted to other objects, to speak in the presence of those whom I see before me, of the dignity and importance of History, in its just sense; and yet I find pleasure in breaking in upon the course of daily pursuits, and indulging, for a time, in reflections upon topics of literature, and in the remembrance of the great examples of historic art.

Well written history must always be the result of genius and taste, as well as of research and study.

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