General Daniel Butterfield

January 11 was Founder’s Day at Cornell University, celebrating the birth of Ezra Cornell, who also founded the Western Union Telegraph Company. To mark the occasion, as noted in the Cornell Sun, “copies of the address given by General Daniel Butterfield on Founder’s Day, 1898,” entitled “Ezra Cornell, His Nature, Work and Character,” have been distributed to undergraduates.”

How astonishing it would be if one day there could be created an archive, accessible by anyone in the world through a wireless transmission, or through some other currently unknown technology (probably invented by a Harvard man), to which anyone in the world could turn to obtain a copy of General Butterfield’s address on a moment’s notice, at little if any cost.

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