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INTRODUCTORY.IT was a small number of loyal-hearted women that assembled in Washington on the nth of October four years ago. But that sturdy few has been multiplied into thousands, and to-day, from Maine to California, from the Lakes to the Gulf, theMoreINTRODUCTORY.IT was a small number of loyal-hearted women that assembled in Washington on the nth of October four years ago. But that sturdy few has been multiplied into thousands, and to-day, from Maine to California, from the Lakes to the Gulf, the name, Daughters of the American Revolution, is a synonym for love of country, veneration for our national flag, unremitting zeal in teaching the children of our land to love its institutions, respect its laws, and comprehend the duties and obligations of citizenship.From dusty archives and musty manuscripts, they have unfolded to the light the hidden proof of the lives of their forefathers and mothers and they hold the pages open for us to read what they sacrificed for home and country. Through this knowledge we begin to comprehend the price of the legacy left, and to realize that if we hold this magnificent inheritance, in city, town and country, we must keep the camp fires of loyalty alive, that there shall be no wavering of devotion to the principles they planted, her institutions be kept pure, her laws just, her government upright.The Daughters of the American Revolution have this work in hand. It will go on and on, and out from these Colonial struggles will come an American manhood that will build a structure for liberty to endure forever.M. S. L.--------THE ORGANIZATION OF THE SOCIETY.THE National Society of the Daughters of the AmericanRevolution was organized in the city of Washington,in the parlors of the Strathmore Arms, October ii,1890, the Anniversary of the Discovery of America byColumbus.The Society was incorporated under the laws of Congress June 8, 1891.The Charter Membership, numbering 818, closed October II, 1891.The objects of this Society are—(1) To perpetuate the memory and the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence by the acquisition and protection of historical spots and the erection of monuments - by the encouragement of historical research in relation to the Revolution and the publication of its results - by the preservation of documents and relics, and of the records of the individual services of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots, and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries.(2) To carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people. to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American citizens.(3) To cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.