Address Delivered Before The Georgia Historical Society: On Its Nineteenth Anniversary, February 12, 1858 (Classic Reprint).pdf
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By: John E. Ward (Author)
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In 1839, our fellow-citizen I. K. Tefft, the distinguished collector of Autographs, having in his possession many valuable documents relating to the Colonial and Revolutionary history of Georgia, realizing the necesity of some institution in which the records of the State might be preserved, summoned to his aid a few kindred spirits, and with them formed the Georgia Historical Society.
To say many words upon the importance to our country and to the world at large of such an Association, would be unnecessary - its very name contains its panegyric. History not only commemorates great actions, it incites to them. Had Homer never chronicled in his immortal poem the wisdom of Ulysses, the strength of Ajax and the irresistible valor of the son of Thetis, Greece would have had fewer heroes. A nation without history, is a nation without life. Long before Guttenburg had moulded types, before Costar had cut the blocks of wood in which lay yet in embryo, the world's master, - printing, - before language had become the easily wielded instrument of thought that now it is - man, thirsting for the immortality for which he was created, sought some means of perpetuating his name, of giving to that, vitality and power, when he himself should lie beneath the clods of the valley, as powerless as they. - This desire speaks on the walls of buried Ninevah and ruined Egypt. This endowed with creative power the painter's brush and the sculptor's chisel. This reared the triumphal arch, decked the temple and woke the echoes with song whose tones call forth yet a responsive thrill in the world's loftiest spirits.
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