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Read before the Historioal Society of Delaware, February, 1896.
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF DELAWARE,
As a nursery and training-school for great men, it is evident to even a casual observer that the climate, the food, the surroundings of Delaware, must be particularly well adapted by nature for producing the highest intellectual and moral attainments. Singularly enough, the shape of your State on the map bears such a resemblance to the old-fashioned cradle that to one who is not attracted as much by glitter as by human grit, it is no small matter of surprise that it has not been called the “cradle" rather than the " diamond" State. The political, industrial, and moral influence of your men and women has been beyond all proportion to the size of your State.
It seems useless to remind this learned body that insular and peninsular people have, in the past, played a mighty part in the government of the world. Ancient Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, and Palestine were countries traversed by mighty rivers and pierced by gulfs or seas. To these doubtless they were greatly indebted for the commerce which broadened their views and made their kingdoms and empires the residence, and their rulers the protectors of the more intelligent and enlightened of mankind. Grecian, Roman, Mohammedan, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English, people largely peninsular, have, each