DEDICATION OF THE FITZ-GREENE HALLECK STATUE IN CENTRAL PARK
May 15, 1877
New York, New York
MAYOR ELY: The honorable and very agreeable duty has devolved on me, on behalf of the subscribers to the Halleck Statue, to present, through you, to the City of New York, this now completed work. Halleck – the early American poet—the favored of the early American poets, a citizen of the city of New York during all the years of his active life—this is his statue. In his life he honored the city; his works will honor the city forever. On behalf of the subscribers I present this statue, through you, to the City of New York. You will preserve it; you will prize it; you will keep it forever in these beautiful grounds as one of the precious treasures of your magnificent city.