ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ERECTION OF A MONUMENT \ \
OVBn THE G»AVF. 01'
PRINTED BY ORDER OP THE SENATE.
r.. 1>. WALTON, PRINTER.
ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ERECTION OF A MONUMENT
OVER THE GRAVV. 01"
PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE SENATE.
E. P. WALTON, PRIXTER
To His Excellency, Ryland Fletcueii,
Governor of Vermont :
The undersigned Committee, appointed imder the act of the
Legislature of this State, entitled " an act providing for the
erection of a monument over the grave of Ethan Allen," approv-
ed 14th November, 1855, are happy in reporting the completion
of said monument, agreeably to a plan and inscriptions submitted
to and approved by your predecessor, and consisting of a Tuscan
column of granite, forty-two feet in height and four and a half
feet in diameter at its base, with a pedestal six feet square, in
which are inserted four plates of white marble, having the fol-
lowing inscriptions, fo vnt :
[ West 8ide.
ill Litchfield Ct 10th Jan A T) 1737 o -
ii. Burlington Vt 12th Feb A D 1789
and buried near the site of this monument
LKAUiiK or THE OKEEX ilOUNTAlX BOVi
in the surprise and capture of
which he demanded "in the name uf
the Great Jehovah and the
Prisoner in a daring attack on Montreal
and transported to England
he disarmed the purpose of his enemy
by the respect whieh he inspired
REBELLION AND THE REBEL.
the Pen as well as the Sword, he ivas the
sagacious and intrepid
iif tiie New Hampshire Grants, and
ill the arduous struggle which resulted in the
Sovereignty and Independence
of this State.
The whole structure stands upon a solid foundation of stone
work, five feet deep and ten feet square, and thus founded, and
thus constructed of solid granite blocks from our native hills, it
bids fair to stand, an unfaltering witness of the high appreciation
of the State for one of her foremost and earliest patriots, through
a Ions: succession of centuries to come,
lu the body of the act above referred to, it is directed that the
raouument be erected •'• at the burial place of Ethan Allen, iu
Burlington." Failing to discover his remains beneath the tablet
Avhich had, for years:?, marked the supposed spot of his burial,
and which liad been carried away piecemeal by patriotic pil~
grims to his shrine, the public mind became much excited, and
the most absurd rumors and statements were published, and gain-
ed extensive credence, as to his burial in various other towns ;
and the abstraction of his remains by pious relatives or rapaciou^
speculators. The Committee have never doubted as to the place of
his burial ; and by an unbroken tradition, the uniform understand-
ing of the relatives, couiirmed by the testimony of undoubted wir-
iiesses who were present at his funeral, (which funeral was of a
public and formal character,) it is decisively settled that that placf
is where the monument is erected, in what is called '' Green
Mount Cemetery."" The failure to hnd the remains beneath th..'
tablet is, in the minds of the Committee, sufficiently accounted
for by the fact that, some twenty years since, the dead of the
Allen family were arranged in a square enclosed by stone posts
and chains, by Heman Allen, tlie nephew of Ethan Allen : and
this tablet, then lying upon a dilapidated wall of brick work, was
reconstructed with cut stone work, and it is presumed that, as a
jnatter of convenience in giving a regular form to the cnclosurt!.
was removed some few I'eet from its original position, and the
Committee have no doubt that by excavation in the immediate
vicinity of the monument the remains might be found ; h\n -a^
doubts would probably be raised as to their identity, as it wa>
not necessary to the faithful discharge of the duty of the Com-
nnttee, and would accomplish no essential good, they instituted
The contract for the erection of ihis monument w as uuide with
Mr. ,T. P. Harrinccton. of South Barre. on the 15th dnv of
October, 1856. Bj the terms of it, he was to accomplish the
work, as before described, by the 1st day of October, 1857, for
the sum of two thousand dollars, being the whole amount of the
appropriation. The Committee regret the delay in the execu-
tion of the work, but in every other respect they have reason to
be satisfied with the contractor, who has honorably fulfilled, and
in some respects more than fulfilled, the terms of the contract,
and that too, as the Committee appreliend, without the hope or
realization of a full compeusalion. The work, to say nothing of
the design, is, we think, highly creditable to the contractor, and
to the State.
[n the process of erecting the monument, a vacancy occurring
beneath the cap stone of the pedestal, the Committee availed
themselves of the opportunity thereby afi'orded by placing therein
a stone pot securely sealed, containing the following among other
articles : the newspapers of tlie town and of the various cities
of the Union; Allen's Narrative of his Captivity: xippleton's
Railway Guide and Maps ; the ^'ermont Register ; sundry Amei-
ican coins, and various seeds. A more ibrmal deposit is contem-
plated beneath the statue, which it is hoped may surmount the
To carry out the suggestion heretofore made in our report,
and the Avishes of sundry patriotic citizens, the Committee pro-
cured the passage of an act, at the last session of the Legislature,
authorizing the erection, by private donations, of a collossal
statue of the Hero on the top of the column erected by the State :
and thereupon issued circulars to the citizens of Yermont, at
liome and abroad, asking a donation of one dollar each. The
Committee have been disappointed ii; the response to the appli-
cations, and have received in all only some five hundred dollars.
Nevertheless, a young and patriotic artist, a native of this State,
Mr. Larkin G. Mead, Jr.. of Brattleboro'. lias volunteered to
make a model of the statue in plaster, which the Committee have
approved, and vrhich they think highly creditable to the artist,
and which, completed in marble, will constitute, with the column,
not only a highly fitting monument, but a noble work of art.
Through the generosity and patriotism of a citizen of this State,
a block of marble suitable for the statue has, as the Committee
understand, been proffered to Mr. Mead, and the Committee hope
that, through a like commendable spirit to be evinced by others,
a work so lionorable to the people of Vermont may be accom-
All which is respectfully submitted.
JOHN N. POMEROY, i ^
CxEO. P. MARSH. 1 Committee-
Har/in^'ton, Sept., 1858.
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