In assuming the duties pertaining to the presidency of this Society I should indeed be lacking in that kindly spirit of gratitude which is usually inherent within us were I to fail in embracing this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for the honor which you have conferred upon me. This office is assumed with diffidence and a keen sense of the important obligations which it entails, and I can only assure you that there shall be brought to bear upon it, unreservedly, all the energy and talent which is mine to give. This Society has been fortunate in having had at its head during the past three years such an indefatigable worker as my predecessor, and my efforts shall be directed toward maintaining, as far as lies within my power, the Society upon the high scientific and practical plane to which it has been raised. In this matter I
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