Ohio History Journal

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fortune of the settlement at Marietta continues up to this

very hour. We can congratulate each other upon the priv-

ilege of having heard the eminent Senator from Massachu-

setts. We can congratulate him, that he has connected his

name for all the centuries to come with the most fortunate

colonization that ever occurred on earth. Whenever here-

after, century after century, this ceremony and celebration

shall be repeated, no one having anything to do, in a prom-

inent way, with it will fail to read and enjoy, as we have

enjoyed, the magnificent address of Senator Hoar. To be

sure it leaves the task of those who are to follow him a

a most difficult one. We can say that in all the annals of

the past no more fortunate history is to be found than that

which began at Marietta a hundred years ago to-day. We

can say that no body of men more fit by their origin, by

their ancestry, by their history, by their own experience,

and by their education can be found anywhere, ever have

been found, to establish in a new country new institutions

and make new States than those who did it here at Mari-

etta, a hundred years ago.

These last few days, Thursday evening and yesterday,

were almost entirely given up to Ohio. When anything

good is to be talked about it is very well understood that

the lion's share is likely to be claimed, at least, by the citi-

zens of Ohio. We have learned, and learned, I think,

with a peculiar pleasure, from Professor Putnam, of Harvard

College, that away back in the obscurity of the unknown

past that we can not penetrate, it was the long-headed

race that succeeded and captured Ohio; that it was the

short-headed race that were driven off from Ohio.

Of course, when we speak of the race who made this

first settlement we must remember that it was not merely

that magnificent district known now as Ohio, but it was the