Excerpt from Inaugural Address of Hon. George H. Stearns, Mayor: To the City Councils of Manchester; Delivered Before the Two Branches in Convention, Jan; 6, 1885
In entering upon the discharge of the duties of the position in which I have been placed by my fellow-citizens, - a place which has often been filled by men of the highest ability in the administration of public affairs, some of whom have received the highest honors from the people of the state, - as I contemplate the difficulties and trials inseparably connected with he work which has been assigned me, I am profoundly impressed with the weight of the responsibilities which I have assumed, and am tempted to fear that I may fail to justify the confidence reposed in me, and act my part in a manner which at all times shall result in the highest good of the people of the city. In the midst of these doubts and misgivings, I am, however, sustained by the conviction that whatever may be my errors of judgment, I shall not be found wanting in watchfulness and sincere devotion to the public welfare. I am, moreover, cheered by the assurance that I am to be associated, in the various departments of the city government, with gentlemen upon whom I can confidently rely for counsel and encouragement at all times and under all circumstances.
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