The Building of a Monument: A History of the Mary Washington Associations and Their Work (Google eBook)

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Press of Wickersham Company, 1903 - Mary Washington Monument (Fredericksburg, Va.) - 255 pages
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Page 2 - Awful and affecting as the death of a parent is, there is consolation in knowing, that Heaven has spared ours to an age beyond which few attain, and favored her with the full enjoyment of her mental faculties, and as much bodily strength as usually falls to the lot of fourscore. Under these considerations, and a hope that she is translated to a happier place, it is the duty of her relatives to yield due submission to the decrees of the Creator.
Page 153 - December 14, 1799, and has justly come to be known as the father of his country, "the noblest figure that ever stood in the forefront of a nation's life." proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those, out of whom a choice is to be made. I beg you, at the same time, to do me the justice...
Page 14 - Committee, and as they were known to her contemporaries, and have been described by them, and they will be found admirably adapted to form and develop, the elements of such a character. The power of greatness was there ; but had it not been guided and directed by maternal solicitude and judgment, its possessor, instead of presenting to the world examples of virtue, patriotism and wisdom, which will be precious in all succeeding ages, might have added to the number of those master-spirits, whose fame...
Page 13 - ... they convey practical lessons of virtue and wisdom to the living. The mother and son are beyond the reach of human applause ; but the bright example of paternal and filial excellence, which their conduct furnishes cannot but produce the most salutary effects upon our countrymen. Let their example be before us, from the first lesson 'which is taught the child, till the mother's duties yield to the course of preparation and action which nature prescribes for him. ***** " Tradition says, that the...
Page 16 - Unmoved by pomp or circumstances; in truth Inflexible ; and, with a Spartan zeal. Repressing vice and making folly grave. Thou didst not deem it woman's part to waste Life in inglorious sloth — to sport a while Amid the flowers, or on the summer wave.
Page 16 - Unmoved by pomp or circumstance, in truth Inflexible, and, with a Spartan zeal Repressing vice, and making folly grave. Thou didst not deem it woman's part to waste Life in inglorious sloth ; to sport awhile Amid the flowers, or on the summer wave, Then fleet, like the ephemeron, away, Building no temple in her children's hearts. Save to the vanity and pride of life Which she had worshiped. For the might that clothed His
Page 17 - Patrise," for the glorious deeds That make Mount Vernon's tomb a Mecca shrine For all the earth, what thanks to thee are due, Who, 'mid his elements of being, wrought, We know not — Heaven can tell.
Page 14 - ... every quarter, and arriving at its conclusions with a full knowledge of the subject ; and he added to these an inflexibility of resolution, which nothing could change but a conviction of error. Look back at the life and conduct of his mother, and at her domestic government, as they have this day been delineated by the Chairman of the Monumental Committee, and as they were known to her contemporaries, and have been described by them, and they will be found admirably adapted to form and develop,...
Page 13 - ... this most estimable woman. Tradition says, that the character of Washington was aided and strengthened, if not formed, by the care and precepts of his mother. She was remarkable for the vigor of her intellect and the firmness of her resolution. Left in early life the sole parent of a numerous family, she devoted herself, with exemplary fidelity, to the task of guiding and educating them. With limited resources she was able, by care and economy, to provide for them, and to ensure them a respectable...
Page 14 - In tracing the few recollections which can be gathered, of her principles and conduct, it is impossible to avoid the conviction, that these were closely interwoven with the destiny of her son. The great points of his character are before the world. He who runs may read them in his whole career, as a citizen, a soldier, a magistrate. He possessed...

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