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Annual Meeting Ohio Valley Historical Association

Annual Meeting Ohio Valley Historical Association.       401


that I know of in Columbus, still resting in the old desk where its owner,

a distinguished scientific man of Ohio, left it over thirty years ago, still

undisturbed unless it be by the prying fingers of curious little grand-


The men who settled this region preserved the letters received by

them  and in cases of importance, copies of their own letters. These

should be found, published, or copied or placed in some safe depository

where they may be of service. The State Library would seem to be

the proper place for them, especially when they have suitable room for

their preservation. If not the State Library, the State Archaeological

and Historical Society, which, before many years, will have adequate

quarters for the proper care of such papers. But at any rate, the material

should be sought out, catalogued and duplicate lists distributed to all


The mention by the preceding speaker of Governor Trimble

and his autobiography formed a most fitting introduction to Mrs.

Tuttle's paper, which follows in full.






[In the absence of Mrs. Tuttle, her paper was read by Mrs. J. A.


It was a lonely afternoon when the mother of a statesman and her

daughter, sat side by side, in deep reflection: for old age was fast over-

taking-the mother, and the white hair and delicate flesh tints were sug-

gesting to the mind of the daughter, the opal colors of the sun sinking

beyond the horizon.  The daughter looked up and said-"Sister has

done so much for you, what is there left for me to do? Anything that

will make you happy?"

"I fear to mention that there is one thing, I should like to see

accomplished before my death, the papers in your grandfather's secre-

tary gone over. They have not been looked at for many years; and

it may be there are yet papers of especial importance and interest there."

It was a very warm August afternoon, but the daughter assured

the mother, all should be done according to her wishes. The next day

a large table was placed in front of a wide open western window, and

stacks of papers, which filled a colonial secretary, were laid in the sun

light. Could you believe one would ever have patience to examine each

and every one? Ah! yes: because the dear mother desired it. And now

let me tell you a secret. This labor was only terminated at the close of

two years of correspondence, editing, etc., etc.

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