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WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE. WINCHESTER ACADEMY.
gress to vote appropriation to; re- of lot belonging to; referred, 38-9
270 H. B. 73. Therefor; reported, 110
WINCHESTER AND BERRY'S
123, Code 1860, with reference to; See Front Royal Turnpike-S. B.
39 No. 159.
WISE AND BUCHANAN.
S. B. 203. To extend time within
which township collectors of may
municated and referred,
WISE, HENRY A.
Bill to pay for his services as boun-
dary line commissioner; referred, 146
WITHERS, ROBERT E.
228 176 of Code (edition 1860), in re-
S. B. 67. To amend, &c., charter of
town of; communicated and re-
Reported with amendments,
Amendments of house agreed to by
WOODSTOCK AND WARDENS
VILLE TURNPIKE CO.
409 Bill for relief of incorporation of
510 Report of committee on bill for re-
H. B. 38. For relief of incorporation
476 of; reported,
WOODSTOCK AND WINCHESTER.
tection of deer; referred,
141 WYTHE AND GRAYSON. WRITS OF HABEAS CORPUS.
H. B. 364. To establish boundary line between; reported,
427 H. B. 108. To amend Code in reterence to; reported,
145 WYTHE LEAD AND ZINC MINE Dismissed,
See Union Lead Mine Company.
YORK COUNTY. communicated and referred, 164 Resolution authorizing board of suReported,
pervisors to borrow money to build Passed,
H. B. 243. To authorize board of suBill to amend act incorporating; reo pervisors of to borrow money to ferred, 60 rebuild courthouse; reported,
240 H. B. 9. Therefor; reported, 62 Engrossed,
92 Passed ; motion entered to reconsidEngrossed, 76 er,
308 Passed by,
89 Motion to reconsider agreed to; bill Laid on table, 142 recommitted,
REPORT OF BOARD
VISIT MOUNT VERNON.
To the HON. G. C. WALKER,
Governor of Virginia : SIR:
The board appointed by your excellency to visit Mount Vernon, in accordance with the 8th section of the act passed March 17th, 1856, “incorporating the Ladies' Mt. Vernon Association of the Union, and authorizing the purchase of a part of Mt. Vernon,” respectfully report that in obedience to the suggestion made by the grand council of the association, the board fixed their meeting for the 14th day of May, 1873, at Mt. Vernon, the day of the convocation of the association.
The section of the act above referred to defines the duty of the board. It is required that they shall visit Mt. Vernon, and examine and faithfully report to the governor all the proceedings of said association touching that place, and the manner in which they comply, or fail to comply, with this act, and other laws of the land.
By the terms of said act, the said association was made a body politic, for the purpose of raising money with which to purchase and improve two hundred acres of the Mt. Vernon estate—to include the mansion and tomb of General George Washington, garden, grounds and the wharf and landing now constructed on the Potomac river-said property, when so purchased, to become public property, and forever held by the State of Virginia, sacred to the memory of the Father of his Country. It was also provided that the conveyance of said property was to be made to the State of Virginia, and should be held in trust for said association, forever sacred to the memory of Washington, whose mortal remains shall be kept perpetually therein-and upon the further trust, that said estate shall be subject to visitation by the State of Virginia, and to such proper and becoming improvements as the said association shall determine to make.
But in default of said association making such proper and becoming improvements, or keeping the same in repair, upon such default being found by a board of visitors, then said estate shall be subject to improvement and repair at the pleasure of the State of Virginia ; and to this end, the possession of said estate shall vest in said State.
By a subsequent act, passed March 19th, 1858, the former act was amended in several particulars. By it the said association was authorized to purchase the two hundred acres, including mansion, tomb, &c., and to receive from the owner a deed in fee simple; but denied to said association the power to alien the said land, or any part thereof, or to create a charge thereon, or to lease the same without the consent of the legislature of Virginia being first obtained. It moreover limits the amount of the stock of said association, and provides that the vault, and the remains in and around it, and the inclosure, shall never be removed or disturbed; nor shall any other person hereafter ever be interred or entombed within said vault.
The property purchased by the association shall be forever held by it sacred to the Father of his Country; and if, from any cause, the said association shall cease to exist, then the property owned by said association shall revert to the Commonwealth of Virginia, sacred to the purposes for which it was originally purchased.
It will thus be seen that the latter act merely amends the former in some particulars, leaving it in full force and effect, except so far as modified or changed by the act of 1858.
The board of visitors organized on the 13th May, 1873, in the city of Washington, and proceeded on the day following to Mt. Vernon. This being the first appointment made under the law of 1856, and the council being of opinion that the amended charter repealed the provisions of the original charter, and the executive of Virginia having never before acted under the law of 1856, the council did not furnish us with any detailed statement of their proceedings prior to the year 1872.
In addition to this, the Mt. Vernon Association, whilst desirous and anxious that a most rigid and thorough scrutiny should be made into all their acts in view of certain charges and complaints, yet were fearful that some interference with their chartered rights might be contemplated. We gave them assurances that nothing of the kind was intended.
That as the said association holds its authority under Virginia, and has no powers except such as she has granted expressly or impliedly, that Virginia could, if the association transcended its authority, institute legal proceedings to annul the charter; but so long as the “Ladies' Mt. Vernon Association" was faithful to the spirit that had animated it to conceive and carry out the object of purchasing and preserving the home of the Father of his Country, there should be no fears of the sacred trust being impaired.
The board, under the authority vested in them, upon the 14th May, 1873, entered upon the examination of the Mt. Vernon buildings, tomb, grounds, &c., making at the same time diligent investigation as to the manner in which the said association has complied, or failed to comply, with the act above mentioned and other laws of the land, and have the satisfaction of reporting that, in their opinion, but one object and aim actuate said association, viz: the preservation of Mt. Vernon, as it was, when the home of Washington, beautifying the grounds, and rendering it what it should be, the pride and glory of the people of this great country. In consequence of the late war, and its attending evils, the association found itself, at the close of that fratricidal contest, in very embarrassed circumstances, having for more than four years been deprived of its accustomed revenue, and being unable, during the same period, to give the house and grounds the attention they demanded, they suffered much from unavoidable neglect. But by the untiring energy and patriotic zeal displayed by the association, its debts have been liquidated, and the work of restoration and preservation vigorously prosecuted. The revenue which said association has derived from a daily line of boats running to Mt. Vernon, which has been established, and the collections made from different parts of the country, have relieved the association of all solicitude regarding its ability to sustain itself by severe economy. The following are among the most important im