a result which, it may be proper to say, was in a very considerable degree owing to the zealous efforts of one individual, the late Mr. Josiah P. Bradlee
, who engaged in this enterprise with his characteristic spirit.
Nor is it but just to add that he was most efficiently aided by others.
The following gentlemen were now chosen to constitute a “Garden and Cemetery Committee :” Messrs. Joseph Story
, H. A. S. Dearborn
, Jacob Bigelow
, E. Everett
, G. W. Brimmer
, George Bond
, Charles Wells
, Benjamin A. Gould
, and George W. Pratt
At the same time, arrangements were made for a public religious consecration, to be held on the Society
At a meeting, August 8th, a sub-committee was appointed to procure an accurate topographical survey of Mount Auburn
, and report a plan for laying it out into lots.
This service was performed subsequently by Mr. Alexander Wadsworth
, Civil Engineer
The consecration of the Cemetery
took place on Saturday, September 24th, 1831.
A temporary amphitheatre was fitted up with seats, in one of the deep vallies of the wood, having a platform for the speakers erected at the bottom.
An audience of nearly two thousand persons were seated among the trees, adding a scene of picturesque beauty to the impressive solemnity of the occasion.
The order of performances was as follows:--