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DELIVERED BEFORE THE TRUSTEES, Faculty AND STUDENTS OF
HAMPDEN SYDNEY COLLEGE, THE 12th NOVEMBER, 1845.
HAMPDEN SYDNEY COLLEGE, 13th Nov. 1845. DEAR SIR,
I take pleasure as the organ of the Trustees of Hampden Sydney College, in communicating to you their grateful acknowledgments for the very instructive and able Address delivered by you yesterday. That the gratification which they received in hearing it may be measurably extended to other citizens of the Commonwealth and the Union, and that the attention of the youth of our country may be drawn to its most interesting subject, they solicit a copy for publication.
F. N. WATKINS,
Sec. to the Trustees. Hon. Mr. Rives.
PRINCE EDWARD Co. Nov. 13th, 1845. DEAR SIR,
I have just had the honour to receive your note of this date. I derive much pleasure from the very kind and favourable acceptance which my attempt to do justice to a great subject, has met from those at whose instance the task was undertaken. The sense I feel of the surpassing importance (to us especially) of that portion of the annals of our British ancestors which the occasion necessarily brought under review, with the hope that what was essayed, however imperfectly executed, may yet serve to invite other minds to the contemplation and study of the noble lessons and examples in which the history of that period so richly abounds, far more than any feeling of complacency in regard to the performance which the Trustees of the College have been pleased, through you, to honour with their approbation, impels me to yield obedience to their wishes, and to place the Address at their disposal, for whatever good end it may seem to them calculated to promote.