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Our Cemeteries

“Mr. Cleveland: I am glad our citizens are beginning to feel some little interest in regard to our cemeteries. Some few are marking the spot where the remains of those they held dear on earth repose, whilst others are thoughtlessly and wrongly defacing or destroying that which has been placed there.”

“How many on visiting the last resting place of their departed dear ones, have been pained to find the flower or shrub they had planted and watered with so much care, ruthlessly torn up or destroyed? Who, on the contrary, that has visited the cemeteries of Boston, Pittsburgh or many other places, but has felt emotions of awe and gratification, in witnessing the beauty of the place, and the regularity, care, and sacredness with which everything is preserved?”

“Would it not be well for our Council to cooperate with the trustees of the M.E. Church, in purchasing a small lot adjoining the cemeteries, and building a house for the Sexton, who by residing there could prevent the desecration, to which these sacred depositories have been subjected?”1

  1. Our Cemeteries. (1850, July 8). Portsmouth Inquirer, p. 2.