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THE STORY (
Written by IL L. Wats
Tne State of
(Continued from -Last <Week)
3ICss Anfn Pamai' Cunilnti
Miss Pamela gives the following ac
count of the birth of the idea to pur
cha'e Mount Vernon. in the summer
of 1853, on a bright moonlight night,
a steamer was passing down the
.broad P1otoimac, anti as it crossed the
shadow of Mount Vernon, its bell
tolled out the customary requiem to
the immortal hero in his last resting
place. On the steamer was Mrs. Lou
isa Cuningham, the mother of Miss
'Pamela, tand as the tolling of the .bell
died away across the hills she reflect
ed sadly on the desolation which was
inevitably creeping over the sacred
spot. All at once an inspiring and
'Cod-given Idea seemed to take poa
session of her mind that if the women
of America could own Mount Vernon
It might be preserved to the nation
forever. At this time Miss Cuning
ham was in South Carolina at Rose
mont, her old ancestral home, con
fined to her room as a confirmed in
valid, but within her frail body burn
ed the fires of enthusiasm and Intel
lectual ability and a sympathizing
and indomitable spirit which woula
accept of no discouraagement or re
buff. 'When her mother -wrote her of
her proposition in regard to Mount
Vernon, her enthusiastic and itivin
cible spirit aroused itself and from
-her invalid's couch she said: "I will
do it." And she did. At first her tim
idity and her modesty compelled her
to use in her letters to the press the
name of the "Southern Matron." For
a long time her .identity was conceal
ed, but at length it came out. She
could not iwork always In this way.
There were other things to be done
:besides writing for thie press. Think
of the task she had, to raise the Lnor
mous sum of $200,000, the necessary
sun for the purchase money. 'Northern
papers soon .began to noticeo the work
of the "Southern Matron" and de
clared that the ,project must not be
confined to the southern women, but
that the whole nation should be al
lowed -to -aid in tie plan. Miss Cun
Ingham, -who, by this time, had be
come -known and had been elected first
regent of the Mount Vernon associa
tion, gracefully yielded and appointed
vice regents from every state in the
union. Three years after the .move
ment had started Miss Cuninghani met
in hRichmond .the lon. Edward Everett
. It was these he gave his delivery
of his great eulogy on Washington.
She soon ipersuaded Lafir. Everett ;by her
eloquence and enthusiasm to devote
'his talents to .the cause. -He offered to
give the proceeds of his lectures for a
certain time to Miss Cuninghan -for
the association, and in a short time,
turned over to her the handsome sum
of $69,000. Washington Irving gave
$500. Thousands of school children
gave five cents each. At last, in many
different ways, the sum was raised. At
the last moment there was a hitch in
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on and Reprinted From
June 12, 1904.
the transfer. The owner refused to
sell under the charter offered. It was
only after a long delay that the trans
fer was made. Miss Cuningham's
friends were uneasy for her very life,
sho seem' so frall. For fear that
she might tot live to sign the charter
a clause was inserted in the constitu
tion empowering her to appoint her
own successor. 'But she did live. The
act of signing is thus described in her
own words: "All the papers iwere read
-in due form, and -then a gentleman
knelt beside my couch and held the
paper for my signature; my lifeless
fingers could hold a lien but a few
moments; could only make two or
three letters at a time. Finally all
was gotten through with, and the pa
pers, 'with my fearful scrawl, carried
to the archives of the state. I wias in
a mental stupor for three weeks. Has
not Mount Vernon -been bought with a
Iirice?" It is said that this charter
iwas the first document signed by her
-baptismal name. The purchase was
completed on February 22 ('Washing
ton's birthday :being the appropriate
date selected), 1859, just tiwo years be
fore the war came on. The worn oi
repairs and restoration was stopped
by the war. Miss CUmingham returned
to Rosemont. Site directed that in
case of the occupation of Mount Ver
non "by troops of either or both arm
ies a request should be made to the
commander to give a pledge for the
safety of the tomb and home. I1er
ideal of v-neration was felt by the
whole nation, and the soldiers of both
armies met as brothers at the tomb
and stacked their arms before the gates
of the house. Now that the interest
in Mount Vernon grows yerrs -by
year, this love and ipatriotism will -be
it strong influence for a better feel
ing between the two sections.
One of the vice regents in a recent
report of the work of the association,
In describing the further work, says:
"After the war was over, LMiss Cun
ingham again met the vice regents in
council at Moun' Vernon. They were
moved to tears I y the sad scene of
desolation which met their eyes. The
vice regents again set to work to raise
funds in their respective states. In
their embarrassment they were ably
assisted by Mr. G. W. Riggs of Wash
ingtor, who advanced f and to aid in
continuing the work of restoration.
They also brought a -bill before con
gress for indemnity foi' the use of the
Mlount Vernon boat as a transport for
troops. After a long opposition the
bill was passed and the $7,500 secured
iWas used in repairing Mount Vernon.
This wan Miss tCuninaham'n last. vie..
tory over difficulties and disappoint
ments enough to have made any but
an inspired spirit quail and succumb.
When she retired from the regency
she had just strength enough to re
turn to South Carolina."
In her' fare~yell address to the board
of vice regents she used these wordis:
"Ibadies, the home of 'Washington is
in your charge; see to it that you kecap
it the home of Washington. i~et no
irreverent hands change it; no vandial
hand 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! Lect one
spot in th-is grand country of ours be
saved from change! Upon you rests
this duty."
At Rosemont, -the home of her an
cestors, surrounded by the surviving
members of her family, she died in
the year 1875. tHer great 'work will
live for ages and will ever -be a great
and glorious 'monument to her' mem
ory. Her dying request 'was that she
should be buried in Columbia and she
rests there today. The monument ov
er her grave was erected by her ne
phews. If it were possible, how well
wouldi it be if her own home could be
purchased and preserved. Fl1uture gen
erations would find .in it always much
to attract and inspire. There are very
few such old places left and none
with so rich a collection of old and
rare articles.
Rosemont Today
Rosemont today inside is just as it
was the day Mis* Cuningham died and
almost as it was 175 years ago. The
carpeot you see in the picture of the
drawing room is 175 or more years old
and is per-fectly ipreserved. Its fresh
ness; almost belies its age, but of its
age there is no doubt. Visitors are
cordially -admitted by 'Maj. Rdbert N.
Cunngham, who is the sole occupant
of the place. The usual way now is
'by ille dining room entrance. This
ent-ance is the one formerly used in
bring'ing meals from the kitchen,
which in accordance 'with old time
style, was in the yard. A :brick walk
connected the kitchen and the -house.
The kitchen wad :burned many year's
ago. In the dininxg room are aeen the
immense silver waiters iused in-bring
ing food from 'the kitchen. They. can
be seen stacked up one on the other in
the'picture. The -family at one tine
'-txd among the silver plate, silver
waiters na lare a. these, but thxey
have disappeared. At the right of the
cntrane( is a solid mahogany side
board. Its top is covered with pieces
of hand-cut glass tid genulne wedge
wood. Above the sideboard is a por
trait of Miiss Pamela. At the right of
the sideboard hangs a large steel en
graving of Franklin at the court of
Louis XV1. This is said to be one of
the live originals of this picture.
There are numerous cp1)ies smaller in
size. Also on the right is a large oil
portrait of .the father of Maj. Robert
Cunilngham, a brother of Miss Pam
ela. Nearby ure a group of old sil
houettes of members of 'the family.
These quaint pictures were much in
vogue at one time. Opening the door
of the china closet a sight is revealed
which thrills the .heart of every lady
visitor. Inside there is a display un
like any in the country. Not a piece
of -blown or machine cut glass, but
many, very many, piece sof hand cut
glass over a hundred years old. China
over 175 years old, ornamented with
pure gold leaf, which is us bright to
day as it was 175 years ago. The most
magnificent ipiece in this collection is
the coffee urn, whi '- is well display
ed in the picture. iMany portraits
adorn the walls. -Most of the iictures
were -burned. The family moved to
Greenwood during the war and the
house they occupied there was de
stroyed by fire. Over the mantel in
the dining room at Rosemont is a por
trait of 'W3111am L. Yancey, the great
secessionist. 'Ile was raised at Rose
mont by his uncle, Capt. Robert Cunl
ingham. Another portrait over the
mantel is that of Taber, who was
killed in a duel inl Charleston by Cov.
MoGralth. ,Maj. ;Cuninghamlfs F'ather
was Taber's second. M'aj. Cunling
ham, a thorough gentleman of the old
school, does not share In the present
day aversion to the "code of honor."
He has in his room a pair of duelling
pistols and a sword used in duelling.
They have seen use in their day.
Leaving the dining room one enters
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Solid mahogaiy and rosewood furni
turo is in 'abulndlnice. It wast all made
before the art of vencering was in
vented. On the walls are magniiceit
French plateglass mirrows, hiand-cut
glass Candlesticks With pendants.
An old style lamp is on tle1 centre ta
ble. Old and rare -books are inl ipro
fusion everywhere and on this table
are three of the rarest of American
books. The top one is a perfect copy
of Audubon's "Birds". The -major has
;been offered $1,000 for it. The book
has brought a higher price even than
that. Northern visitors go into rap
ture nt the many things of value in
this old treasure house and w%%onder
that. their money cannot buy any of
them. But nothing is for sale. It has
been often asserted that there is not
another house In the United States so
filled with things of value to the col
lector and it certainly would seem to
be true. Upstairs are the bedrooms.
Solid mahogany beds .are in each
room. On one of these is a spread of
the finest texture. . Even in the attic
are a number of pieces of fine furni
ture. The house was struck -by light
ning at one time and the old hall
clock was torn up by its work. It in
in the attic. A catalogue of the
things of value and interest in the
house would make a volume. During
the suimner it is visited almost daily.
It is about four miles from Waterloo,
six miles from Harris Lithia Springs,
and about ten miles from Greenwood,
if one dares to cross the river on a
railroad trestle.
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