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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Shall Cromwell have a statue? (search)
of the commonwealth. I propose on this occasion to do so; and reverting to my text— Shall Cromwell have a Statue—and reading that text in the gloss of Carlyle's Latter-Day Pamphlet utterance, I quote you Horace's familiar precept, Mutato nomine, de te Fabula narratur, and ask abruptly, Shall Robert E. Lee have a statue? I propose also to offer to your consideration some reasons why he should, and, assuredly, will have one, if not now, then presently. Shortly after Lee's death, in October, 1870, leave was asked in the United States Senate, by Mr. McCreery, of Kentucky, to introduce a joint resolution providing for the return of the estate and mansion of Arlington to the family of the deceased Confederate Commander-in-chief. In view of the use which had then already been made of Arlington as a military cemetery, this proposal, involving, as it necessarily did, a removal of the dead, naturally led to warm debate. The proposition was one not to be considered. If a defect in th