giving to the geological and natural history of New England
contributions which, if once lost, cannot be regained; treasures visited, weekly, by crowds from our schools.
They should be covered safely and extended, if we would do what New York has done already.
I went, in Albany
, lately to a noble building which the Empire State
has furnished, dedicated to this: she means that every ore, every plant, every shell, every living or extinct animal, every tree, on the surface or in the bowels of the Empire State
, shall be represented in that Museum, for the study of her sons.
They shall find the fauna and the flora there; they shall find the living and the dead of the State
It remained awhile,--so the custodian, Colonel Jewett
, told me,--for some five or seven years, without provision for its shelter and safe-keeping, and one half its treasures were lost.
They have placed it to-day beyond risk.
They have done it in order to excite the curiosity and appreciation of their sons; they have given them the natural and scientific map of the State
to study; they have called out their latent capacity for science; they have set an example for other cities; they have done thus much to educate the people.
There is education in the very sight of things about us. I believe in the sentiment which would preserve yonder Hancock House; for the very sight of such a monument is a book pregnant with thought to the people that pass by it. A man of one mould has, of course, no right to regard a man of another mould as necessarily his inferior.
But this much surely we may be allowed, to hold that philosophy as cold and heartless which “conducts us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by piety or valor.”
Certainly that profound sentiment which makes the past live for us in the scenes consecrated to the noble