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Page [NA] of Address in commemoration of the first settlement of Kentucky : delivered at Boonesborough the 25th May, 1840 / by James T. Morehead.

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A DDRESS. WE meet under circumstances of peculiar felicitation. From various parts of our beloved Commonwealth, we have come up to the place which has been known in past, as it will continue to be known in all future time, as the first permanent residence of those extraordinary men, who, with fortitude and perseverance unexampled in the history of the human race, dislodged the aborigines of the soil we inhabit, and prepared it, under the pressure of almost incredible hardships and sufferings, for the abode of free and intelligent man. The descendants of the pioneers have assembled to discharge pious obligra- tions of high and solemn import, to their memory. On the spot where we now are, there was convened, sixty- five years ago, the first Legislative Assembly of the great Valley of the West. It was composed of seventeen del- egates or representatives of not more than one hundred and fifty constituents, then the probable number of the people of Kentucky. The day on which they began their perilous labors, in an uninhabited and savage wil- derness, of which the red man and the buffalo had until then been the sole and unmolested possessors,-a middle point of time, between the commencement and comple-. tion of the first rude fortress built by our ancestors for protection and defence-has been selected as the one most appropriately to be dedicated by the citizens of Kentucky to the commemoration of the earliest and inost interesting event of their his.torY