accomplished,such measures as show us worthy, by noble thoughts, of these great trusts, for such wealth is a trust; that she should help the growth of her capital city, and with it that of the whole Commonwealth, by plans fitted for the highest culture of the people.
I welcome the action of the State
for another thing.
If we could snatch from dispersion, or from the purchase of some foreign capitalist, that magnificent collection which Catlin
has made for the history of the aboriginal races of this continent,--something that can never be replaced if it be once scattered and lost,--of which Boston
might fairly take the custody, as the nucleus of that ethnologic study of the races, languages, and epochs of the past history of the continent, and make New England
the centre, as that one collection would make it, of this inquiry and study, it would give a peculiar interest to our city, and a great impulse to a curious and valuable study.
I see before me some of the women of the Commonwealth
; and I remember that this very legislature has voted the funds of the State
for forty-eight scholarships for boys, to be instructed in our various institutions of learning.
I see no reason why, with the normal schools, the district schools, and the academies of the State
calling for teachers, and all departments of life calling for a more broad and liberal culture, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
should not raise forty-eight scholarships for the girls of the State
, so that they may enjoy the same liberal opportunities with her boys.
[Applause.] It seems to me that, in connection with these noble provisions for the growth of the adult intellect, the State
should remember the schools, and the various channels of woman's influence, and hold the balance even.
I value those open institutions of learning which it is proposed to establish on yonder bay, especially because they