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The Six Gateways of Knowledge1

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I THANK you most warmly for the honour you have done me in electing me to be your president. I value the honour very highly; but when I look at the list of distinguished men who have preceded me in the office, I feel alarmed at the responsibility I have undertaken. A very pleasing duty, however, has been already performed in the interesting and not onerous function we have now gone through. I would gladly speak on the several subjects, for merit in the study of which these prizes have been awarded; but I am afraid that if I were to do so, it would be more for my own gratification than for your pleasure and profit, and I feel that I shall best consult your wishes in passing on at once to the subject of the address which it becomes my duty to give.

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