President's Address in Commemoration of Her Late Majesty

1901 Geographical Journal  
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more » ... Queen was the Patron of this Society for sixty-three years, and the generous and enlightened bestower of the royal awards through the hands of the Presidents and Councils for the same period. We have, therefore, felt it to be our duty to devote an evening to the commemoration of Her Majesty's reign from the point of view of our science. In common with the rest of the late Queen's subjects in all parts of the world, we geographers have felt admiration for the rare and lofty gifts of the greatest and best of our sovereigns; we have felt love and devotion for the gracious lady who, with unfailing warmth of heart, has shared with closest sympathy the sorrows and anxieties of her people. We have been grateful to the able and sagacious ruler who, through her long reign, bore the heavy burden of the affairs of a great empire in spite of her own heavy trials, and of the increasing weight of years. We fully shared in the deep and reverential grief of the rest of her subjects when the news of her death cast a shadow of gloom on her vast empire. The end of that precious life brought most vividly before us all the
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