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BRANCH COUNTY

1833 QUINCY

I honor the great men of science and art, whose names shine as imperishable stars in the firmament of our race; I revere a Galileo, a La Place, a Kepler, a Newton, who have unraveled the great mysteries of the heavens, and by their powerful instruments dissolved the misty foam which flecks the archways above; I honor a Humboldt, an Agassiz, who have multiplied the wealth of knowledge in the physical world by their unparalleled research and observations; I am mute in the presence of Descarte, of Bacon, of Hamilton, with their ponderous treatises in speculative and metaphysical philosophies; but I revere with greater reverence, I honor with greater plaudits, the man who, with noble purpose, gathers his family to himself, and with an abiding trust in God, becomes the pioneer of his race. La Place has given to the world the nebular hypotheses; Newton, the law of gravitation; Kepler, the plan of the solar system; Descartes, his philosophy; Hamilton, his metaphysics—great, imperishable boons; but greater service has he done who gives to posterity a field of wheat or corn. Pioneers of Branch county, all honor to your names.

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