Our Society is still young and uncontrolled by precedents. The hope has been expressed that if precedents shall become established they may be expressions of freedom and individuality rather than of limitation and monotony. It has been thought that if the presidential address shall be confined to reviews and summaries and restricted to special modes of presentation it may become more perfunctory than vital. To whatever practices your collective preferences may at length lead, I trust that between these expressed wishes and the liberties conceded to our youthfulness I shall have your sanction or, at least, your pardon if I occupy your attention with a sketch of personal studies on the glaciation of Greenland made during the past summer. I further hope that if in presentation I invoke the aid of physical illumination to supplement the dimness of my own it will not awaken your displeasure.

Object of the . . .

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