a spacious avenue, bordered by trees, shrubbery and perennial flowers,--rather as a line of demarcation, than of disconnexion,--for the ornamental grounds of the Garden
should be apparently blended with those of the Cemetery
, and the walks of each so intercommunicate, as to afford an uninterrupted range over both, as one common domain.
Among the hills, glades and dales, which are now covered with evergreen, and deciduous trees and shrubs, may be selected sites for isolated graves, and tombs, and these being surmounted with columns, obelisks, and other appropriate monuments of granite and marble, may be rendered interesting specimens of art; they will also vary and embellish the scenery, embraced within the scope of the numerous sinuous avenues that may be felicitously opened, in all directions, and to a vast extent, from the diversified and picturesque features which the topography of this tract of land presents.
Besides the great public advantages which will result from the Horticultural department, that proportion of the land which may be consecrated to the dead, and rendered, like the Elysian Fields
of the Egyptians, a holy and pleasant resort for the living,--the whole will present one of the must instructive, magnificent and pleasant promenades in our country.
From its immediate proximity to the Capital
of the State
, it will attract universal interest, and become a place of healthful, refreshing and agreeable resort, from early spring until the close of autumn.
To accomplish these two great objects, it is necessary that a fund should be created, immediately, sufficient