Governor Letcher, General F. H. Smith, Rev. Dr. Mullally, General J. T. L. Preston, Rev. Dr. Thompson, Rev. I. W. Canter, and other distinguished gentlemen being present. Professor James J. White, of the Executive Committee, and one of the moving spirits of the Association, stated the object of the gathering, and paid a glowing tribute to Mr. Valentine, in which he declared that the triumph of the artist was complete, and that his name “would go down with the Christian soldier whose history he had stamped upon the imperishable marble. His was a work of which Virginia will be proud, and Valentine may well rest his fame where Virginia rests her love. The laurels that bind the brow of her noblest soldier will sprout anew to crown the genius of her greatest artist.” Prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. (General) William N. Pendleton, which was followed by an oration by Senator Withers. Professor White announced that the ceremonies of laying the corner-stone would be conducted by General Joseph E. Johnston and Hon. John Randolph Tucker, and the audience repairing to the northeast corner of the building, General Johnston, after paying a short but feeling tribute to the memory of Lee, proceeded to deposit in the leaden box inserted in the stone the following articles: Copy of autograph letter of General Washington, written in 1798, making bequest of $50,000 to Liberty Hall Academy. Action of the Board of Trustees calling General Lee to the presidency of Washington College in 1865. General Lee's letter of acceptance. Personal Recollections of General Lee, by General Pendleton, delivered by him on the second anniversary of his death. Reminiscence, anecdotes and letters of General R. E. Lee, by J. William Jones, D. D. Roll of Liberty-Hall Volunteers. Photographs of General R. E. Lee, General Custis Lee, and the Board of Trustees and Faculty. Copies of Records of the Lee Memorial Association. A copy of the “Southern Collegian,” containing an account of the funeral ceremonies of General R. E. Lee. Names of members of the Lee Memorial Association. Names of Executive Committee of Lee Memorial Association. Copies of “Southern Collegian” for October and November, 1878. The ceremonies were closed with a benediction by Dr. Pendleton.
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