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A Word by the President-General D. A. R.

Charlevoix, Mich., July 1, 1911

My Dear Mrs. Logan:

It gives me great pleasure to learn that you are compiling a book to be known as "The Part Taken by Women in American History" and I am quite sure it will give to women credit which has been withheld from them for their masterful achievements along many lines for the betterment of mankind and the preservation of republican institutions. I am sure that we may in advance congratulate the public upon a volume that will faithfully record and do justice to the history of the women who have been factors, and who have done their full part, in molding that most wonderful product of the age, which we proudly proclaim "Americanism."

The roll call of women who have taken part in the work of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a long and distinguished one. I need not recall to you the names of the six president-generals who have preceded me, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Manning, Mrs. Fairbanks, and Mrs. McLean. Among those upon whom I have most relied during the two years of my administration are: Mrs. J. Ellen Foster, authority upon abuses of child labor, Mrs. John W. Foster, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. McLean, Madame Pinchot, a name synonymous with conservation, Mrs. Dickinson, wife of the Secretary of War, Mrs. Samuel Ammon, Mrs. Alexander Patton, Mrs. John A. Murphy, Mrs. Howard Hodgkins, Mrs. Draper, Mrs. Swormstedt, Mrs. Mussey, Mrs. Orton, Mrs. Edwin Gardner, Jr., all of whom except Mrs. McLean, Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. John W. Foster, with many others equally able and devoted - have been chairmen of committees and done faithful and zealous work.

In accordance with that law of nature and of Providence, that in this world one sows and another reaps, it is my glorious privilege to have gathered up into one splendid sheaf the results of the labor and devotion of all my greater predecessors in office, as well as of the 87,000 Daughters of the American Revolution, who, by their toils, labors, sacrifices and gifts, have produced the grand results we see in our magnificent memorial building, and in the reports of the inspiring work of state regents and chairmen of national committees presented at the annual Congresses.

It is a source of pride and gratification to me that during my administration Continental Hall has been literally finished and was formally handed over to the society by the architect and contractors in March, 1910. Within the two years not only have all the offices been successfully removed from 902 F. street to the hall, but many magnificent rooms have been furnished in splendid style by different states, and $30,000 of the $200^000 debt paid off, an income for current needs provided and business matters arranged on a satisfactory basis.

With this material advancement, the intellectual and patriotic educational work has kept splendid pace, and the Daughters of the American Revolution are proving worthy descendants of the revolutionary ancestors whose memory and achievements they seek to perpetuate. This they are doing not only by showing their reverential homage for the old flag, but by continuing the work and the traditions of the fathers as a stimulus to this and to coming generations, both American and foreign born, to maintain the high standard of American citizenship, the splendid ideals of American manhood and womanhood we have inherited as a rich legacy from the past, and intend to hand down uncankered to our remotest posterity.

(Signed) Julia G. Scott.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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