Excerpt from The Numismatic Chronicle, and Journal of the Numismatic Society, 1896, Vol. 16
A day perhaps comes to every man in his life when he may honestly feel inclined, to use a vulgar expression, to shake hands with himself, and at this moment I possess that feeling. Tha... t the Council of your learned Society, of which I have been a member since 1858 (thirty-eight years), should have chosen me as the recipient of what may be described as the blue ribbon of Numismatic Science and Literature, is a distinguished honour and a matter of the greatest satisfaction to me, and is certainly a high reward for the time and labour spent in the pursuit of a subject dear to all of us present here to - night.
I must necessarily, after hearing the ¿attering words which you, Sir J ohn, have been good enough to say to me, confess that you make me cognisant of my own unworthiness and short comings; but I can plead, that though I may be not certain of my worthiness for this honour, I can conscientiously say that I have devoted the greater portion of my life to the study of Numismatics in the love of the subject and with zeal.
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