.--The sacred remains of Washington
have been removed from Mount Vernon
by Colonel Washington
, who has recently joined the Confederate army.
This act may appear at first sight no less than an impious outrage; but it must be borne in mind, that in the sale of Mount Vernon
, Colonel Washington
reserved to himself not only the tomb of Washington
, but also an acre of ground around it. He also bound himself to renovate the tomb.
These details are all contained in the deed of sale now in the possession of George Riggs
, Trustee of the Mount Vernon Association.
It is indisputable, therefore, that Colonel Washington
is the sole owner of the remains of his august ancestor, and has the legal right to remove them.
But this will hardly suffice to stifle those emotions of indignation, and even horror, which will swell in every Northern heart at the shocking intelligence that the revered bones of our sainted Washington
have been secretly extracted from his tomb, and hid away in some unknown and unhonored receptacle.
Whatever may be the right of Colonel Washington
, he has been guilty of an act of vandalism, which, for the first moment, will chill the blood of the North
, and strike every one dumb with amazement.
Up to this hour the North
has had but one purpose — to vindicate the national flag; but never can she lay down her arms till Washington
, the common property of the nation, reposes once more calmly in the tomb on the banks of the Potomac
, which he so loved in life, and designated as lis final resting-place.
Sacrilegious is the hand that has dared to violate the last wish of the Father
of his Country.--Y. Herald, May 15