rce of pride; to further this tribute to the most distinguished son of Essex.
There can be no honor paid to his memory that does not also reflect honor upon this old county on the Rappahannock and upon the Commonwealth of Virginia.
I would not be justified in obtruding upon your patience a full and complete account of Mr. Hunter's life and public services.
That duty devolves upon his biographer and the future historian who shall faithfully narrate the history of the country from the year 1836 down to the time when the conquest of the Southern States relegated so many of their eminent sons to poverty and private station.
But surely I may be permitted, in brief phrase, to glance at the distinguished, influential and useful part borne by this great but modest Virginian during the critical era in which his life was cast.
It was often a time that tried men's souls, and only the pure gold survived the crucible.
Mr. Hunter was born in this little county on th