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And be it further resolved. That the remains of Mrs. Martha Washington, consort of the late General George Washington, shall at the same time be removed, and entombed in the same sepulchre.
And be it further resolved, That a full length pedestrian statue of General George Washington be, and the same is hereby, ordered to be obtained, to be executed by some distinguished artist, and of the best materials ; and said statue, when executed, shall be placed in the centre of the rotundo of the Capitol, conformably to the plan recommended in the report of a committee herein before mentioned : and the President shall be, and he is hereby, authorized and requested to direct the execution of the said statue, with a suitable pedestal of the same material, and to cause the same to be placed in the place herein designated.
And be it further resolved, That the sum of dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, for the purpose of carrying these resolutions into effect.
Copy Journal of House of Representatives February 24, 1832.
Washington, Feby 24th 1832
To the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States :
One of his associates not having arrived at Washington, and the other having declined to act; in performance of the honorable trust confided to us by the Governor of Virginia, the undersigned takes upon himself the honor to transmit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, the envelope directed to him by the Governor of Virginia, covering the resolutions of the General Assembly, laying claim to the remains of our illustrious fellow-citizen, George Washington ; also, covering a letter from the Governor of Virginia accompanying the resolutions ; and, in the discharge of this duty, he takes leave to remark, that, whilst the people of Virginia are proud of the gratitude of their fellow-citizens of the United States for the eminent public services of the Father of his Country ; and, also, for their high admiration of his patriotic virtues manifested by the successive resolutions of Congress ; they also justly anticipate the frank acquiescence of their fellow-citizens of the United States in the paramount claim of his Native State to the sacred remains of her Washington.
Francis T. Brooke.
Executive Department, February 20, 1832.
To Andrew Stevenson, Esq.,
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States :
Sir : The Honorable Francis T. Brooke, Chief Justice John Marshall, and Mayor James Gibbon, the friends and brother officers of Washington in the war of the revolution, are the bearers of this communication, and of the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of this State expressive of their feelings, and those of the citizens of this Commonwealth, with regard to the contemplated removal of the remains of Washington from Mount Vernon by the Congress of the United States.
Agreeably to the wish of the General Assembly, I have the honor to request you to receive and lay the resolutions of that body before the House of Representatives of the United States.
I am, Sir, with consideration and respect,
Your Obedient Servant,
The General Assembly of Virginia view, with anxious solicitude, the efforts now making by the Congress of the United States, to remove from Mount Vernon the remains of George Washington. Such removal is not necessary to perpetuate the fame of him who was " first in war and first in peace," nor can it be necessary to perpetuate and strengthen the national gratitude for him who was " first in the hearts of his countrymen".
The fact that Virginia has been the birth-place of the best and most illustrious man that ever lived, is naturally calculated to inspire her citizens with a strong desire to keep his remains enshrined in the land of his nativity ; and this desire is increased by the consideration that the burial ground was designated by the dying patriot himself : Therefore,
Resolved Unanimously, That the proprietor be earnestly requested, in the name of the people of this State, not to consent to the removal of the remains of George Washington from Mount Vernon.
Resolved Unanimously, That the Governor of this Commonwealth forthwith make known the feelings and wishes of the General Assembly upon the subject, in the most appropriate manner, to the present proprietor of Mount Vernon, and the Congress of the United States.
Agreed to by both Houses, February 20, 1832.
George W. Munford C. H. D.
Copy Journal of Senate February 16, 1832.
Washington, February 14, 1832.
Sir : The Senate and House of Representatives have passed a joint resolution to celebrate the centennial birth day of George Washington, which authorizes the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make application to you for his remains, to be removed and deposited in the Capitol at Washington, in conformity with the resolution of Congress of the 24th December, 1799.
They have passed another joint resolution, authorizing us to make application to you and Mr. George Washington Parke Custis for the remains of Martha Washington, to be removed and deposited at the same time with those of her late consort, George Washington.
We herewith enclose copies of these resolutions, and, in the discharge of the duty imposed on us, have to request that you will give as early an answer to this application as may be practicable.
We have the honor to be,
With great respect,
Your Obedient Servants,
J. C. Calhoun, Vice President, and President of the Senate.
A. Stevenson, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Mr. John A. Washington,
Washington, February 14th 1832. Sir : The Senate and House of Representatives have passed a joint resolution authorizing the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to ask the consent of Mr. John A. Washington and yourself to remove the remains of Mrs. Martha Washington to the City of Washington, on the 22d instant to be there deposited with those of her consort, George Washington.