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Page 48 - Ladies, the home of Washington is in your charge — see to it that you keep it the home of Washington. Let no irreverent hand change it; no vandal hands desecrate it with the fingers of progress. Those who go to the home in which he lived and died wish to see in what he lived and died. Let one spot in this grand country of ours be saved from change. Upon you rests this duty.
Page 53 - I feel myself happy in being the person through whom the Marquis has conveyed this early trophy of the spoils of despotism, and the first ripe fruits of American principles transplanted into Europe, to his great master and patron. When he mentioned to me...
Page 57 - Ladies, the Home of Washington is in your charge; see to it that you keep it the Home of Washington. Let no irreverent hand change it; no vandal hands desecrate it with the fingers of progress! Those who go to the Home in which he lived and died, wish to see in what he lived and died ! Let one spot in this grand country of ours be saved from change ! Upon you rests this duty.
Page 48 - When the Centennial comes, bringing with it its thousands from the ends of the earth, to whom the home of Washington will be the place of places in our country, let them see that, though we slay our forests, remove our dead, pull down our churches, remove from home to home, till the hearthstone seems to have no resting place in America, let them see that we know how to care for the home of our hero.
Page 12 - Angels of Jesus, Angels of light, Singing to welcome The pilgrims of the night.
Page 47 - ... so as to have them carried down to admiring ages in the same condition as when left. Such was the pledge made to the American heart when an appeal was made to it to save the home and tomb of Washington, the Father of his Country, from all change, whether by law or desecration. Such, to the last owner of Mount Vernon, ere he was willing to permit it to pass from his hands. Such, to the Legislature of his Mother State ere she gave us legal rights over it. Such are we bound to keep.
Page 53 - Cunningham, founder and first Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies
Page 52 - Dr. Craik put his hands over his eyes, and he expired without a struggle or a sigh. While we were fixed in silent grief, Mrs. Washington, who was sitting at the foot of the bed, asked with a firm and collected voice; "Is he gone?" I could not speak, but held up my hand as a signal, that he was no more. "'Tis well," said she, in the same voice, "all is now over; I shall soon follow him; I have no more trials to pass through.
Page 60 - An English wreath we fain would lay Upon this mighty tomb to-day, Of laurel, ivy, oak, and yew, Which drank the English sun and dew On far-off Yorkshire's grassy sod; Where once — we boast — his fathers trod, Whom East and West unite to praise And crown with never-fading bays.