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shoulders. In the morning after his first attack of ague was over, he would start on his journey, and having obtained his meal, he would wait until the second attack on that day was over and then set out on his return. In the year 1802 the Rev. Joseph Badger, a soldier of the revolution, writes that he had preached on the Sabbath in Newburg, that there were five families there but no apparent piety, and that they all seemed to glory in their infidelity. These few brands, however, we are assured, were afterwards snatched from the burning. During the same year the first village school was held in Major Carter's house, and Anna Spafford was the teacher. Economy in those days was counted among the Christian virtues. Three Western Reserve boys left home for Connecticut

to get their education, with fifteen dollars among them, and

reached New Haven with twelve still in their pockets. One

frugal young man, wishing to visit the ancestral home in New England, bought him a cow, and trudging at her heels with

his book, lived on her milk and what he got in exchange for

it, and sold her at an advance when he reached his point of

destination. In 1809, Stanley Griswold informs his friend in

Vermont that Cleveland would be an excellent place for an

enterprising and skillful young physician; that the country around bid fair to increase rapidly in population; that a young physician, well qualified, would be certain to succeed; but, for a short time, if without means, he must keep school in

winter, till a piece of ground, bring a few goods for sale, or do something else in connection with his practice. The next year the physician came, and the attorney also entered his appearance. The fur trade grows into a lucrative branch of business, and Nathan Perry, filled with the mercantile spirit, masters the Indian dialect and lays the foundation of an ample fortune. The river holds out its inducements for honest gain, and Noble H. Merwin, crossing the mountains, becomes the founder of our city's commerce, and builds the good schooner “Minerva”—the first vessel registered at Washington from the district of Cuyahoga. But let me not detain you any longer with these fragmentary incidents and details of our early history.

I would that at this gathering I could point in fitting terms to the lessons which the pioneers of the Western Reserve and their descendants have read to the world within the past seventy years. In all the stirring events of peace and of war, that have risen to National importance, they have borne a conspicuous part. With but little outward enthusiasm, the current of their feelings and convictions has run deep and strong, and their latent ardor of soul has known no diminution. They have occasionally been called impracticable, and have been slow to compensate, reconcile and balance; but it is because they have regarded it a low and groveling policy to prefer expediency to right, and have feared the maxim that

in public affairs we should "join compliance with reason and sacrifice to the graces.” Whenever any great measure has appealed to the moral sense, even though in feeble terms, it has been easy to determine where they would take their stand. Though they may at times have seemed to be a peculiar people, they have always been zealous of good works. Such an element in the mass of our national interests is not incapable of imparting a healthy tone to public sentiment and of extending its salutary influence to the farthest extremities. With such depth of conviction and earnestness of purpose in the line of duty, those who have gone forth from our Western Reserve to try their fortunes in other regions, have carried the talisman of success, and have reflected the lustre of their triumphs upon the place of their origin. · They are found in the halls of legislation; among the officers of the army and the navy; among the ornaments of the bench and the leaders of the bar; among eminent divines; among the votaries of science; in the walks of literature; and, wherever there is an appreciation of intellectual and moral worth and of the highest traits of manly character, there you will find them in the foremost ranks of their fellow men. And as often as the day shall come around for the annual convention of this Association, a proof of your own elevated standard of excellence will be afforded in the high estimate which you shall place upon their many ennobling characteristics.

9.Hymn written for the occasion by Harvey Rice.

(Tune: Old Hundred.) Arion Quartette and Audience.

Still pilgrims in a favored land,

Who long have lingered on the way,
How blest to meet and grasp the hand,

And crown with joy our festive day!

And tell of years whose scenes return,

Like shadows on our pathway cast;
And catch from living lips that burn

The fleeting memories of the past.

And while we trace from whence we sprung,

And early friendships fain renew,

Still let us dream that we are young,

And, though a dream, believe it true!

Nor days forget when first we heard

Life's battle-cry, and sought the field;

When lofty aims our bosoms stirred,

And faith had armed us with her shield.

'Twas courage, then, with youthful zeal,

That led us onward, flushed with pride; 'Tis years, now ripe, that make us feel

How swiftly glides life's ebbing tide!

Yet while we here prolong our stay,

We'll keep our pledge of love and truth;
And when we pass the darkened way,

Ascend and share immortal youth!

10.-Announcement of Members who have died within

the past year. By Rev. Thomas Corlett.


Within the past year the following members of our association have died: First, our very estimable Vice President, the Hon. Sherlock J. Andrews. Judge Andrews was born in Waterbury, New Haven county, Conn., November 17, 1801,

and moved to Cleveland in 1825.

He died at his residence in

this city on the 11th of February, 1880, full of years and

honors, and with but little abatement of the natural force of

his vigorous character.

The next member who has died is Judge Seth A. Abbey. He was born in Watertown, New York, in 1798, came to Cleve

land in 1830, and moved his family in 1831. He, too, died in this city March 15, in a good old age, respected and honored

of all who knew him.

The third member of the Association who has died during the past year—and you will understand this society is only about six months old as yet—was Mrs. Elizabeth Spangler, who was born in the State of Maryland, 1790. She moved to

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