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Inaugural and Anniversary Addresses of the Royal Society
Inaugural Address, delivered by Mr. Justice Barry, President of the Institute, at the Opening Converzazione, 22nd Sept., 1854
Inaugural Address of the President, Captain Clarke, R. E., Surveyor-General, &c., &c.
Anniversary Address of the President, the Honourable Andrew Clarke, Captain R. E., M.P., Surveyor-General of Victoria, &c., &c., &c.
Anniversary Address of the President, His Honor Sir William Foster Stawell, Knight, Chief Justice of Victoria, &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute, 12th April, 1858]
Anniversary Address of the President, Ferdinand Mueller, Esq., Ph.D., M.D. F.R.G. and L.S., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute, 28th March, 1859]
Address of the President, Ferdinand Mueller, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.G. & L.S., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute at the Inauguration of the Hall, January 23rd, 1860.]
Inaugural Address of the President, His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Royal Society, at the Anniversary Meeting held on the 10th April, 1860.]
Inaugural Address, delivered by Mr. Justice Barry, President of the Institute, at the Opening Converzazione, 22nd Sept., 1854 (continued)
Such timorous diffidence, such unworthy distrust, are unbecoming and ought not to be suffered to imterpose the fluctuations of a wavering instant; and even were there grounds to apprehend a want of vigour to sustain this Institute, I would say:
Yet where an equd poise of hope and fear
It will not, I feel assured, have escaped the reflective amongst this audience, that of such pursuits as those on which we are about to engage ourselves, the chief end should be, not merely to extend our acquaintance with matters or things, their qualities or accidents; or to waste time, however sedulously employed, if our efforts merely entitle us to the barren praise of skilful compilers of dry and isolated facts. or unwearied classifiers of characteristic peculiarities or attributes, ingenious nomenclators, or editors who work on the volume of Nature as a Dictionary; but that our faith is to learn their relative value, in subordination to the comprehensive scheme of creation: and by exalting the understanding, waft it above the cheerless sophistry which chains the soul to an empty materialism, and warm the affections towards the great Author of Being. When we acknowledge that to be the needle which guides our speculations, we will be perpetually reminded of that infinite wisdom which governs and regulates the orb on which we dwell; but one amidst the countless myriads of worlds which Divine intelligence holds within their spheres; and, looking "from nature up to God," muse with admiration and humility upon the system to which we owe so many blessings, and the succession of those indissoluble links which connect us with immortality.
These are Thy glorious works, Parent of Good;
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