Ohio History Journal

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Remarks of Gov

Remarks of Gov. James E. Campbell.        161




It was a long-deferred pleasure one year ago, on the 19th of

October, to make my first visit here. I learned after arriving

that it was an auspicious day, being the ninety-ninth anniversary

of the landing upon the banks of yonder river of the little band

of French settlers who founded this handsome and flourishing

city. During an address to the people, who gathered on that

occasion to hear the political discussion of the then existing

campaign, I said, in a half-jocular way, that I would return in a

year as Governor of the State to celebrate the city's centennial.

In response to that promise, and your subsequent courteous in-

vitation, my military staff and myself have come to participate

in these interesting ceremonies. We are here rather to be seen

than heard.

The programme announces that I am to deliver an address,

but the unexpected and overwhelming labors of the last fort-

night have absorbed my time to the exclusion of anything but

official work, and I am, therefore, obliged to confess that I have

no address-that the little I am to say must be without prepara-

tion. I am simply a gleaner in the field that has been harvested

so well by those who have preceded me.

The French settlers who came here a century ago were, as

we all know, not the first French settlers in the Ohio valley, for

the lilies of France had floated to the breeze, both on the Ohio

and the Mississippi, a hundred years before. They were found

north of the great lakes, and around the southern bayous.

Parkham has happily described it by saying that "French Amer-

ica had two heads; one among the snows f Canada, the other

among the cane-brakes of Louisiana!" Northern Ohio was

occupied by French fur traders as early as 1680. They were

scattered along the lake from the Maumee to the Cuyahoga.

Forty years before the settlement of Gallipolis the English

settlers were warned out of Ohio by the French commander,

and formal possession taken in the name of Louis Fifteenth by

burying leaden plates along the Ohio river, engraved with ap-

propriate inscriptions. The bloody and picturesque drama of

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