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DELIVERED BEFORE THE
GEORGIA, HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
ON THE 14th OF FEBRUARY, 1881.
CHARLES C. JONES, JR., L. L. D.
Deposited upon the silent shore
PRINTED FOR THE SOCIETY.
GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
Savannah, March 9th, 1881. COL. CHARLES C. JONES, JR.,
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. Dear Sir-I take great pleasure in informing you that at the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Georgia Historical Society, held last Monday evening, the following Resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Resolved that our thanks are due and are hereby cordially tendered to Col. Charles C. Jones, Jr., for his very able and eloquent address, -eminently discriminating and truly historical,—delivered before the Georgia Historical Society at its Anniversary on February 14th, 1881.
Resolved that Col Jones be requested to furnish a copy of this address for publication by the Society, and that we will preserve with pride and satisfaction this well merited tribute to the valuable labors and exalted character of our founders and predecessors." I remain very respectfully yours,
W. GRAYSON MANN, Cor. Sec. Geo. Hist. Society.
Mr. President, Ladies, and Gentlemen :
As children of the past and parents of the future, it appears eminently proper that we should, at stated intervals, pause for a brief hour in the hurrying march of time which will soon bear us hence, that we may call to remembrance our peculiar inheritance, carefully estimate our present belongings, and form at least a proximate conception of what our legacies will be.
In responding to the invitation which brings me into your gracious presence this evening, it has occurred to me that I cannot better fulfill the expectations of this Anniversary occasion than by reminding you of those who were the founders, patrons, and special friends of this Society, and by reviewing what has already been accomplished by our Institution in the exercise of its legitimate functions. Thus will the more surely comprehend the position we now occupy, understand the meed to which we are entitled, and gather fresh courage for the discharge of the duties which lie before us.
Forty-two years have elapsed since the organization, in our midst, of the Georgia Historical Society. forgotten the officers selected to give nascent tone, character, and impulse to the Institution ? them.
John McPHERSON BERRIEN,-President --born before the independence of these United States had been acknowledged,-a graduate of Princeton College when only a lad of fifteen,—then a pupil of the honorable Joseph Clay,