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The Uses of Astronomy by Edward Everett

THE USES OF ASTRONOMY.

AN ORATION

Delivered at Albany, on the 28th of July, 1856

BY

EDWARD EVERETT,

ON THE

OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE DUDLEY ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY,

WITH A

CONDENSED REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS,

AND AN ACCOUNT OF THE

DEDICATION OF NEW YORK STATE GEOLOGICAL HALL.

NEW YORK: PUBLISHED BY ROSS & TOUSEY, 103 NASSAU STREET. 1856.

A NOTE EXPLANATORY.

The undersigned ventures to put forth this report of Mr. EVERETT'S Oration, in connection with a condensed account of the Inauguration of the Dudley Observatory, and the Dedication of the New State Geological Hall, at Albany,--in the hope that the demand which has exhausted the newspaper editions, may exhaust this as speedily as possible; not that he is particularly tenacious of a reward for his own slight labors, but because he believes that the extensive circulation of the record of the two events so interesting and important to the cause of Science will exercise a beneficial influence upon the public mind. The effort of the distinguished Statesman who has invested Astronomy with new beauties, is the latest and one of the most brilliant of his compositions, and is already wholly out of print, though scarcely a month has elapsed since the date of its delivery. The account of the proceedings at Albany during the Ceremonies of Inauguration is necessarily brief, but accurate, and is respectfully submitted to the consideration of the reader.

A. MAVERICK. NEW YORK, _October 1, 1856._

TWO NEW INSTITUTIONS OF SCIENCE;

AND

THE SCENES WHICH ATTENDED THEIR CHRISTENING.

In the month of August last, two events took place in the city of Albany, which have more than an ephemeral interest. They occurred in close connection with the proceedings of a Scientific Convention, and the memory of them deserves to be cherished as a recollection of the easy way in which Science may be popularized and be rendered so generally acceptable that the people will cry, like Oliver Twist, for more. It is the purpose of this small publication to embody, in a form more durable than that of the daily newspaper, the record of proceedings which have so near a relation to the progress of scientific research. A marked feature in the ceremonies was the magnificent Oration of the Hon. EDWARD EVERETT, inaugurating the Dudley Observatory of Albany; and it is believed that the reissue of that speech in its present form will be acceptable to the admirers of that distinguished gentleman, not less than to the lovers of Science, who hung with delight upon his words.


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