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41 > Page 41 of Addresses delivered at the Grand annual communication of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky : held at the Masonic Temple in the city of Louisville, October 18th, A.D. 1869, A.L. 5869 / Elisha S. Fitch.

ELISHA FITCMGM and noble philanthropic heart, but in no sense did I regard them as the voice of prophecy. But in the providence of God it seems that the Grand Lodge did find use for as humble an individual as mnyse, and has gever- ously accorded to me all her honors. It is, I assure you, a matter of sincere regret that I have not been more equal to the emergency-more competent to meet the varied respoasibilitiee these honors have imposed. That I may have committed many blunders none is more ready to admit; but, brethren, I have brought to your service all the mind and energy and heart with which I am endowed, and must rely upon your generosity to palliate what my incapacity may have failed to accomplish, or still more unfortunately may have performed amiss. In retiring from this responsible post, I desire to tender my hearty thanks to the Grand Wardens and subordinate officers who have been assooiated with ine during my entire term of office, and with whom my relations have been so intimate and brotherly, and from whom I have received such val- uable assistance and co-operation. I also desire to thank the reapectivecom- mittees, both standing and special, to whom the business of the present Communication has been referred, and by whom this business bas been so ably performed and presented as attested by the hearty concurrence of this Grand Body. And to the entire Brotherhood throughout the State as here represented, I would tender my most profound acknowledgments for the spirit of forbearance manifested toward one comparatively so yong and inexperienced to manage its varied and complicated interests in thi. extend- ed jurisdiction. AB a parting admonition, I can think of "othing mere ap. propriate than the familiar invocation of the Caledonian bard-Ahe world' Burns, but our brother: 'May freedom, barmony and love Cement you in the grand design, Beneath the omniscient eye above- The glorious Architect divine That you may keep the unerring line Still guided by the plummet's law, TUI order bright completely shine Shall be my prayer when a wawn.' Q