Resolved, That the thanks of the Institute be presented to the female teachers for their presence, their smiles and their support, which we deem an adequate remuneration for whatever toil we may have had to endure.

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association be presented to the gentlemen who have favored us with lectures on the present occasion, and that they be requested to furnish copies for the press;-to the Proprietors of the Town Hall, for the use of the same ;-to the editors of newspapers who have gratuitously noticed our meeting ; -to the Committee of Reception in Keene, for their unwearied attention ; and to the citizens of Keene, for the hospitality so generously and so extensively manifested during the session of the Institute ; and to the several Railroad companies, which have extended extraordinary accommodations.

Resolved, That the thanks of the Association be presented to John Batchelder, Esq., for the prompt and faithful manner in which he discharged the duties of Secretary during the past year.

Previous to the adjournment, the President, in terms of earnest and fervid eloquence, rapidly and skilfully recapitulated the prominent acts of the session, reburnished the chain of friendship that held in one the hearts of the members of the Association, and closed amid the liveliest demonstrations of the satisfaction of the audience. The Institute then adjourned sine die.



The Directors of the American Institute of Instruction are gratified by having it in their power to say, that the year past has been a year of eminent success to the Association.

The meeting at Northampton was agreeable and useful. The attendance was large, the hospitalities of the inhabitants were extended to the female teachers present, and fifty-six gentlemen became members.

The Legislature of Massachusetts, at their last session, renewed their grant of three hundred dollars per annum, for five years, beginning with 1850.

A portion of the Lectures, with the doings of the session of 1850, and a list of the names of all the Members of the Institute from its formation, has been published in a neat volume, and is on sale with the Treasurer.

The Library is improved in condition, and the room and accommodations for keeping and using it are superior to any hitherto enjoyed by the members. The Directors hold their meetings there, when in Boston ; and the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education -to whose courtesy the Institute is indebted for the privilege-invites members to visit the room at all times, to consult the Library, and avail themselves of all the facil


ities for information and the gratification of curiosity, that are extended to any citizen.

The Treasury is in a very satisfactory condition, as has been discovered from the Treasurer's Report.

The propositions made at the last Annual Meeting, by Mr. Henry Barnard, have been considered, and the grant from the Legislature of Massachusetts having been obtained, it was deemed inexpedient, for the present, to make application to the Legislatures of the New England States.

In pursuance of the recommendation for a meeting, exclusively for social intercourse, a portion of time has been.set apart for that object, on the last day of the present session, when, it is hoped, the teachers and their friends will be present. On the remaining topics no definite action has been had.

The Directors recommend to the Institute, agreeably to the suggestion of the Curators, the immediate distribution of numerous copies of valuable Lectures, in pamphlet form, which have accumulated on their hands.

Judging from the expression of public sentiment in various quarters of the country, the Directors offer it as their opinion, that the Institute is in the height of its usefulness; and they cherish the hope, that the interest of its friends will long continue to sustain it, and thus enable it still to be the pioneer in suggestions and labors for the promotion of knowledge and virtue throughout a wide extent of country. Respectfully submitted, for the Directors,

G. F. THAYER, President. KEENE, August 13, 1851.





We are here assembled, specially to turn our thoughts to that great subject, to the influence of which, more than to any other source, we owe all of happiness, all of national greatness, all of true grandeur, all of pride for the past, all of hope for the future, that we now possess, or ever can expect. And who can find words adequate to the true expression of what we ought to be? Who shall be found bold enough to unfold to our vision all that the future has in store for us, if rightly appreciating the true dignity of our position and of our destiny, we guard ourselves against the encroachments of ignorance, vice, infidelity and every other baneful influence, by erecting, on the broadest, and deepest, and firmest foundation, a superstructure of the most diffusive Christian education. What skill of artist could then sketch, or what glowing canvas could contain the story of this peo

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ple, from the feeble birth-ship of the nation, as with fluttering sail and trembling step,-yet home of brave hearts, and enduring heroism,-she neared the rock. bound coast of our great bay, to that resistless tide, now sweeping its emigrating thousands towards that other mighty ocean, which skirts our land on California and Oregon's far shores. In contemplating this deeply interesting picture, I seem to be carried backward to the earliest days of our history, and standing upon the upper height of some lofty Pisgah of our continent, as Moses looked back towards the desert, and forward towards the promised land, so I bend my sight towards the horizon of the dim east, and behold the broad waste of boundless sea, whose waves beat against and mingle with the bending sky. As I gaze yet more, there ariseth out of the sea, “a little cloud, no bigger than a man's hand." And as I wonder what the vision may be, it swells upon my sight, and “it is as the way of a ship in the midst of the sea," and I hear a voice, as of an angel, which saith unto me, Behold, it is the coming of a nation, which God hath essayed to take from the midst of another nation, by signs and by wonders, and by a mighty hand and by a stretched-out arm.” And now turn thine eyes westward, and declare what is the other vision. And I look, as it were, “far down the gulf of time," and "Behold! a great multitude, which no man could number, from all nations and kindred and people and tongues, and to them is given the land in possession, and they are filling it and replenishing it, from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same.” And yet again the angel saith unto me, “Ask now of the days that are

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