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WORK OF TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. A REPORT BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY, F. B.
SANBORN, OF CONCORD, MASS. READ AT THE QUARTER-CENTENNIAL MEETING
OF THE AMERICAN SOCIAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION AT SARATOGA, SEPT. I,
1890. Mr. President and Members of the Association, ? In this age
of anniversaries, we are met to-night to keep our first
quarter-centennial; and we are exact to' the year, if not to the
day. It was on the 2d of August, 1865, that, as Secretary of the
Massachusetts Board of State Charities, I drew up the call for a
meeting in the State House at Boston, which assembled Oct. 4, 1865,
and there organized the "American Association for the Promotion of
Social Science," whose twenty-sixth general meeting we are holding
tonight. At that assembly of 1865, the then Governor of
Massachusetts, John Albion Andrew, presided, and about three
hundred persons, many of them eminent in science, in philanthropy
or in literature, took part in the proceedings. As organized, the
Association consisted of 175 members, of whom, as I compute, only
about sixty are now living, several persons of great eminence
having died since last we met here. Of those living many have grown
old and are no longer able to take part with us; others are
enfeebled by illness, resident in distant regions, or so occupied
with other cares that they no longer continue their membership.
Their places have been taken by others, from time to time, of whom
also hundreds have died or grown old, or for various causes
withdrawn from active participation in our work. At present we have
a fluctuating membership of from 250 to 300 persons, and the
co-operation each year of a few other persons who are not members,
but who render us occasional and important service. The limits of
our country and of our field of study are so vast that...
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