Excerpt from Matthew Fontaine Maury: Read at the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Chapter, April, 4, 1921
Son 5-7-44his mind to be dulled or his ardor for study to be dissipated by the variety of his professional labors or his continual change of place, but who, by the attentive observation of the course of the winds, the climate, the currents of the seas and oceans, acquired those materials for knowledge which, afterwards, in Washington, he systematized in charts and in a book, - charts which are now in the hands of all seamen and a book which has carried the fame of its author into the most distant countries of the earth. Nor is he merely a high authority in Nautical Science. He is also a pat tern of noble manners and good morals, because in the guidance of 'his own life he has always shown himself a brave and good man. When that cruel civil war in America was imminent, this man did not hesitate to leave home and friends, a place of honor and an office singularly adapted to his genius - to throw away, in a word, all the goods and gifts of Fortune - that he might defend and sustain the cause that seemed to him the just one.
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