Standing here as conservators of American Pomology, enjoying as we do such peculiar privileges for research and discovery, let us use every effort to advance our cause by diligent experiment and observation, so that as we come up from session to session, we may add something to the common stock of information, and thus develop for the good of mankind the rich treasures which our science has in store for the world. Thus let us work on, hand in hand, to scatter these blessings broadcast through the land. Others may seek for the honors of public life or the victories of war, which too often carry with them the recollection of wounded hearts and painful disappointments. But let us continue to work on, feeling assured that our labors will cause no regret. As Mrs. Sigourney has beautifully versified my former remark "No sting in the bosom of memory we're leaving, No stain on the pinion of time".

Let us commence the new century in the history of our Republic with increased enterprise and zeal for the promotion of our cause, and should any of us be called from our labors on earth, let us feel assured that others will continue the work we have begun, and carry it forward to still greater perfection. Let the successes of the past stimulate us to greater exertions for the future. Let us work on, full of hope, regardless of all obstacles, "Still achieving, still pursuing,"' until we shall reach that better land where the garden shall have no blight, fruits no decay, and where no serpent lurks beneath the bower - where harvests are not ripened by the succession of seasons - where the joys of fruition shall not be measured by the lapse of time.