William Tuttle of New Haven: An Address Delivered at the Tuttle Gathering, New Haven, Conn:, September 3d, 1873 (Classic Reprint)
Although a stranger to the most of yon vet suffer me to address you as my kindred because we are the descendants of William Tuttle of New Haven. Human nature is such that in all ordinary circumstances the tie of Kinship is both beautiful and strong. When even the selfish Laban met his sister's son, he greeted him with a warmth which could not have been bestowed on a stranger. As for Jacob, with what alacrity did he kiss his Cousin 'Rachel, the beautiful and well-favored.' when he met her at the well: a greeting which she was not slow to return, because he was her Cousin!
The Western emigrant often experiences a peculiar thrill in meeting even a stranger from the dear land he has left behind, but if perchance he meets one of his own kinsfolk, if he be a man, he is sure to embrace him as Laban did Jacob, and if a woman, especially if comely, he is ready - if there be no objection - to greet her as Jacob did Rachel. A strong and well-poised man shall he prove himself, if in those interesting circumstances he do not like that venerable and homesick bachelor lift up his voice and weep.
We may not have any such pleasant episode to day, unless the younger of our kindred may choose to indulge, but be this as it may, we shall greet each other with more than ordinary interest because of the relation we hold to our common ancestor. Welcome then, doubly welcome, to this meeting of our tribes, all ye who claim descent from the good man whose name to day is in our thoughts, and on our lips.
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