Historical sketch of Ann Pamela Cunningham: "the southern matron," founder of "The Mount Vernon ladies' association.", Volume 78

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Once started, I couldn't stop reading this exciting account of Miss Cunningham's work to save our country's most sacred & historic home; much of which occurred while the Civil War was wrecking the economy and the lives of all Americans. Her Christian faith no doubt kept her going when her failing health gravely impair her. I felt like I was there with her in this personalized look at all her trials & tribulations. Women of that time were held back in so many venues but she persevered in a man's world to be heard & to get help for Mount Vernon & the Americans of the future in spite of the political obstacles faced even as we have today. It was quite inspiring to read & certainly gives me a new appreciation of those who worked to help her.
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Valorie Noreen Mattice, Whitesboro, TX
 

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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 48 - ... 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 48 - Upon you rests this duty. 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 do know how to care for the home of our hero.
Page 12 - The carriage was waiting — I had to go — the cause was gone ! I turned to him, mournfully expressed my grief, but said that I could not leave him without putting myself in proper position. I told him I knew the public had behaved abominably toward him ; that the Virginia Legislature had done so also, in framing a charter contrary to the terms he had expressed himself willing to accept...
Page 47 - ... accompanying a resignation so important as mine, but providence does not permit. But in parting, I feel it due to you as to me; to the responsibilities I solemnly assumed, which were so important in their results; to those you have taken upon yourselves; to say a few...
Page 13 - I held out my hand — he put his in mine; then, with quivering lips, moist eyes, and a heart too full to speak, our compact was closed in silence. None but God can know the mental labor and physical suffering Mount Vernon has cost me ! • • • • . It was all important to get Mr Washington's consent.
Page 13 - His feelings were wounded, goaded; and lo! in explaining my feelings I had shown him his error. I then told him if he would consent to overcome minor objections, that I would prove to the country the position of the Association by going before the next legislature and asking it to make any change he required ; but he must let the Association pay the money, and not feel that his state or himself were lowered by the act. I held out my hand...
Page 12 - The governor was traveling in West Virginia, and could not be communicated with in time— thus we had lost eighteen months in inaction and delay. Could I have succeeded, matters would have taken a different form. That as soon as I saw a draft of the charter I realized that it was not what would be agreeable to Mr. Washington. I assured him that I believed all the ladies concerned felt as I did. While we wished to succeed in our beautiful tribute, we were grieved that his feelings were hurt — insulted—...
Page 23 - Boys in Blue " and the " Boys in Gray " met unarmed at the tomb of Washington. And now, as the interest in Mount Vernon grows year by year, the love for Washington's home and memory will always be an influence for union and for strength. No one can limit the influence of the work done at Mount Vernon, for every man, woman, and child who spends an hour within its hallowed precincts goes away with heart stirred by love of Washington and love of country, which love bears fruit. Formal possession of...
Page 19 - a common heritage for the estranged children of a common father, the spell of whose memory will yet have the power to reunite them around his hallowed sepulchre."4 Mount Vernon was saved in 1859, but the Washington cult failed to spark a pro-Union revival.

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