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Excerpt from Chronicle of One Hundred Fifty Years: The Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, 1768 1918The founders of the Chamber of Commerce and the founders of the American Union were one and the same body of men. When they met on April 5,MoreExcerpt from Chronicle of One Hundred Fifty Years: The Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, 1768 1918The founders of the Chamber of Commerce and the founders of the American Union were one and the same body of men. When they met on April 5, 1768, to establish their commercial society they had been for three years in the forefront of the steadily rising tide of indignant opposition to British rule which was to culminate seven years later in the Revolution. They were engaged, some of them unconsciously, in the momentous task of founding a free and independent republic at the very moment when they came together to form a union of merchants in the interest of the peaceful pursuits of commerce.Clear perception of these facts is necessary for a just appreciation of the high historic value of the Chambers records. Emerson said of Lincoln that he was the true history of the American people of his time. In the records of the Chamber of Commerce for a century and a half there is to be found a chronicle of the acts and the spirit of the American people, not only since they became a nation but also during the epoch-making period which immediately preceded that event, for the birth of the society antedated the adoption of the Constitution by twenty-one years.The patriotic spirit of the societys founders was disclosed unmistakably at their first meeting. They chose for President John Cruger, the man who had drawn up in 1765, in the Stamp Act Congress of the Colonies assembled in New York City, the famous Declaration of Rights and Grievances of the Colonies in America, which was sent to the British Parliament.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.