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Integer vitae scelerisque purus depicts truly the sterling quality of the man who, in the words of his sometime associate in practice,* "carries with him the admiration of all lawyers, the esteem of all good citizens, and the love and affection of those who had an opportunity of associating more intimately with him in his private life.”
Odi profanum vulgus et arceo voices his innate aversion to whatever he regarded as low or unworthy.
Justum et tenacem propositi virum
mente quatit solida describes without exaggeration the “moral courage and fidelity to conviction (of the citizen who) was sure to tread wherever his sense of duty pointed the way";t who “considered and determined his course of action . from the standpoint of duty, ... never stopping to debate, either with himself or with others, the question of whether his advocacy or condemnation of a measure would have an unfavorable effect upon his own interests. "I
It was the privilege of comparatively few to know Mr. Hitchcock intimately in his home life. In the company of a few chosen guests, gathered at his table, he appeared at his best-the affable, courteous and refined gentleman. “With tactful and engaging manner, carrying the conversation and causing all to follow, with the brilliancy of his conversation, roaming from grave to lighter moods, replete with reminiscences and anecdote, with humorous disquisittions upon topics of the day and literature, who would not bear cheerful testimony that he was the incomparable host?”—
Beatus procul negotiis.**
**Mr. Hitchcock contributed a rendition, in English verse, of the second Epode of Horace, printed, after his death. for the Bibliophile Society of Boston.
The maxim-Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well—was accepted by Mr. Hitchcock as an axiom; it was his constant and sure guide in college; he insisted on it with his pupils in the Worcester High School; it dominated his life. His industry was untiring. He had a remarkably accurate and retentive memory. He was phenomenally quick and sure in grasping facts and principles. His reasoning was clear and convincing. His judgment was not likely to be questioned. He was a fluent and persuasive speaker; a perspicuous, forceful and elegant writer. A patrician by birthright, his natural bent was confirmed by association with men of kindred instincts. He believed in government by the people, but a personal study of the ways of professional politicians early convinced him that they were not for him. A Republican from 1858, he was loyal to the principles and a power in the higher councils of the party. He believed in his party as the exponent of political doctrine, and in public office as a trust. By temperament and training he was eminently fitted for the highest legislative or judicial positions; but in Missouri the judiciary is elective, . and his personality was not such as to appeal to party managers. Moreover, he was not of the dominant party in the state at large.
"As a citizen he occupied a position almost unique.* Brave to the uttermost in upholding and defending what he considered right and good in the administration of public affairs, he never wavered in the conscientious performance of every duty which citizenship in a republic imposes on the individual . . . His active participation in political discussions marked the deep rooted sincerity of his nature and convictions, and showed that he considered and determined his course of action . . . from the standpoint of duty, ... duty to advocate and stand for that which was right, and to oppose and condemn that which was wrong from the standpoint of morals.”
*Quoted from the Memorial.
In 1857, Mr. Hitchcock married Mary Collier, of St. Louis. Mrs. Hitchcock and two sons born of this union, Henry and George Collier, survive him.
Mr. Hitchcock was born on July 3, 1829, and died on March 18, 1902. He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1882. Engrossing interests with which he had become identified made it impracticable for him to attend its meetings or to contribute to its work.
It was the privilege of the writer to sit under Mr. Hitchcock as a pupil in the Worcester High School, and to know him again as a trusted friend from 1866. The limits of this sketch do not permit an adequate presentation of the man as he was in life and as he lives in memory.
SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING, APRIL 25, 1906, AT THE HALL OF
THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN BOSTON.
Vice-president Hon. SAMUEL A. GREEN of Boston occupied
In the absence of the Recording Secretary, Mr. Edmund M. Barton was chosen as Secretary pro tem.
The report of the Council was read by NATHANIEL PAINE, A. M. It was accepted and referred to the Committee of Publication.
A Memorial of the late President of the Society, the Hồn. STEPHEN SALISBURY, prepared by Rev. EDWARD E. HALE, D. D., was read by Mr. SAMUEL S. GREEN.
The Council presented for election to membership the name of Frederick Lewis Gay, A. B., of Brookline, Massachusetts. A ballot was taken, and Mr. Gay was duly elected.
ANDREW MCFARLAND Davis, A. M., reported as follows: “While this ballot is being taken, I would like to take the opportunity to report that as a delegate of the Society appointed in the absence of the other officers from Worcester, by the senior member of the council, I attended the Franklin bi-centenary exercises of the American Philosophical Society at Philadelphia which covered four days last week. The extent of the preparations was something remarkable, and the expenditure of money was great. Marvellous executive capacity was displayed in all the arrangements, to carry out which the State of Pennsylvania had appropriated twenty thousand dollars. I do not intend, however, to go into the affair in any detail at this time, but simply wished to have it placed in the record that we were represented there, and that every courtesy was extended this Society."
Mr. SAMUEL S. GREEN called attention to that part of the report of the Council relating to the real estate devised by Mr. SALISBURY. On his motion, the Hon. SOLOMON LINCOLN and Mr. GREEN were appointed a committee to prepare a vote with reference to it.
The Society listened to a paper by Prof. ANSON D. MORSE of Amherst College on "The Principles of Thomas Jefferson.” Prefacing his paper, Prof. MORSE said: “All of us have noted that appeal to the principles of Thomas Jefferson is frequently made in support of hostile policies, and it becomes therefore an object of some importance to try to find out what these principles really are. This suggested to me the study and the outline of the results which I wish to lay before you. The study is larger in its material than I had supposed it to be, and the results are less definite