Ohio History Journal

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times in the history and in the life of individuals when

language fails to express the throbbings and longings as well

as the aspirations of the heart; and I find myself, sir, this

evening without words to express my sentiments to you and

to this intelligent audience, the representatives of this great

Commonwealth of ours.

But your call to me to say a word1 was a command which

I could not disobey, without feeling that which a man

feels when he fails to do the duty he owes to himself, to his

wife, to his children, to his race, to his church, to his country,

to his God.

For while you have been discussing the blessings, the

joy that the Ordinance of 1787 brought to you, and when

the distance traveled by the speakers to be present with

you on this occasion was referred to-I looked back at the

distance traveled the first century by myself and by my

race, to reach you on this platform. And I concluded that

I have traveled further than my distinguished friend, the

eloquent Senator from Massachusetts; I feel that I have come

further than the distinguished gentleman from the Old

Dominion. I feel that I have traveled further than a gentle-

man I met on the corner who had traveled from San

Francisco here.

But, one hundred years ago where was my father, where

was my mother, in relation to their condition when this

President Eaton introduced Dr. Arnett as follows: "My friends,

we have had a wonderful feast; we have heard much about liberty; we

have heard much about the good things that have come out of the

Ordinance of '87; we have had one with us representing a different race

from the Anglo-Saxon, who has been listening with peculiar feelings

to these developments of this country and the providence which it has

brought to us, and he has been asked to say a word this evening. I

refer to Rev. Dr. Arnett, who has earned for himself by his faithful

scholarly service a distinguished place in Wilberforce University."