Saturday, November 15, 2014

GENEALOGY: In Pursuit of Ancestry

“Of all the affections of man, those which connect him with ancestry are among the most natural and generous.  They enlarge the sphere of his interests, multiply his motives to virtue, and give intensity to his sense of duty to generations to come by the perception of obligation to those which are past… combining honor to the past, gratitude for the present, and fidelity to the future.”    (Josiah Quincy III, 1772-1864)

excerpts taken from a speech by Josiah Quincy III, Boston, MA 1830.   An Address to the Citizens of Boston: On the XVIIth of September, MDCCCXXX, the Close of theSecond Century from the First Settlement of the City.

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