Excerpt from Lessons of the Yorktown Centennial: Address of the Hon. Curry, LL, D
Desirous that Richmond should express, in some becoming manner, her interest in the Centennial of the surrender at Yorktown, the City Council at the April meeting adopted a resolution appointing a committee, and charging them with the duty of taking such steps as would ensure an appropriate celebration in the city. This committee, known as the Centennial Committee, was organized as follows:
Judge Jno. A. Meredith, Chairman,
J. T. Ellyson, Chas. L. Todd, M. T. Clarke,
Chas. F. Taylor, Dr. Jno. S. Wellford, E. A. Saunders,
Jno. A. Curtis, N. D. Hargrove,
Ben. T. August, Secretary.
At their July meeting the following resolutions were adopted by the two branches of the City Council, and approved by the Mayor, July 22, 1881:
Resolved, the Common Council concurring, That to the Council Committee on the Yorktown Centennial are hereby referred all matters pertaining to the proper celebration by the City of Richmond of the Yorktown Centennial. They shall have full power to make all arrangements for a proper display in this city during the Centennial; to receive and suitably entertain distinguished guests and visiting organizations; and do all else which in their opinion shall be necessary properly to sustain the dignity of this city during this important and interesting time. And they shall be authorized to form sub-committees from the citizens of this city, and fully carry out their plans.
Resolved further, That the sum of ten thousand dollars, ($10,000,) or so much as may be necessary, be appropriated for this purpose, and that the same be placed to the credit of this Committee, to be disbursed as other funds of the city are.
The Council of Richmond having learned with pleasure that His Excellency, the President of the United States and his Cabinet, will visit the city, as the guests of the Virginia State Agricultural Society, during the Yorktown Centennial; therefore be it
Resolved, the Common Council concurring, That the Council Committee on the Yorktown Centennial be and are hereby directed to extend to His Excellency, the President of the United States and his Cabinet, such a reception and attention during their stay in this city, as will properly express the sentiments and feelings of our people, and as is befitting the exalted rank of our distinguished visitors.
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