Excerpt from Proceedings of the International Electrical Congress: Held in the City of Chicago, August 21st to 25th, 1893
I now have the pleasure of introducing to the Congress, your permanent chairman, Dr. Elisha Gray.
Chairman-elect Gray was received with hearty ap... plause, in response to which he said Gentlemen, I am not going to make another speech. I wish simply to heartily thank this 'congress for the honor that you have conferred upon me, for it is an honor to act in this capacity, even though it be a subordinate one. It is an honor to act in connection with one who is so distinguished as the gentleman whom you have made your honorary president. I thank you.
In discharging the duties of the position to which you have called me, I ask your forbearance. I ask that you will help me, for it is my intention to preside in the best manner possible, and if any mistakes are made they will be mistakes of the head and not of the heart. I do not intend to take up your time with further remarks, because there are others here who are better qualified to address you than I am and from whom you wish to hear.
I do not need to introduce to this Congress the vice-president from Great Britain, because wherever the telegraph extends and wherever the science of electricity is known, the name of Mr. William H. Preece, chief engineer of the British Postal Tele graph system is also known. I now call upon him to say a few words to this Congress.
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