OPENING OF AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
December 22, 1877
New York City, New York
MR. PRESIDENT AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Without introduction, I now proceed to perform the honorable but brief and simple duty assigned to me. This enterprise, so noble, so splendid, which the country owes to he enlightened liberality of the city and citizens of New-York, is now ready to be opened to the public; and I now declare, the opening ceremonies having been completed, that the American Museum of Natural History is now opened.