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TABLE OF CONTENTS OF VOLUME II.
Commemorative Proceedings and Addresses on John Marshall Day,
ILLUSTRATIONS, VOL. II.- EXPLANATORY NOTES.
✓ PORTRAIT OF MARSHALL Frontispiece The portrait of the Chief Justice, frontispiece of the present volume, is made after a photograph of an original painting by R. M. Sully. The history of this portrait is thus stated by the present owner, Judge John Barton Payne of Chicago, in a letter to the Editor: “Chief Justice Marshall was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829–30. While in Richmond attending the Convention a committee of that body engaged R. M. Sully to paint his portrait, the plan being to present the portrait to the Convention and through it to the State of Virginia. The portrait was not finished when the Convention adjourned and it remained the property of the artist, and it, together with a portrait of the elder Booth, descended to Mrs. Cole, wife of the Rector of the Episcopal Church at Culpeper Court House, Virginia After the assassination of Presi. dent Lincoln the Federal troops slashed the Booth portrait with their sabres and destroyed it. The Marshall portrait was undisturbed and remained in the Cole family at Culpeper until 1891, when it was acquired by me through T. Willoughby Cole of that family, now a resident of Chicago. Conway Robinson, of Virginia, who knew Chief Justice Marshall personally, pronounced this portrait the best likeness of Marshall known. The Sully portrait was exhibited at the World's Fair, Chicago, in 1893; at the Atlanta Exposition, and at the Art Institute in Chicago. It has been photographed but once so far as I am advised and the negative is still in my possession."
Face page 427 The home of Marshall in Richmond, Virginia, at the corner of Marshall and Ninth streets, was built by the Chief Justice in 1797-98, while he was Envoy to France. Concerning this residence, Mr. Thomas Marshall Smith, a great-grandson of Marshall, writes to the Editor as follows: “The Chief Justice resided here until his death, except when duties of office called him to Washington. The ownership has remained in the family for almost a century, although the dwelling has had other tenants. It is now occupied by his grand. daughters, the Misses Harvie, who own it.” Mr. Smith says that the picture of the house here reproduced is excellent.
JOHN MARSHALL MEMORIAL.
STATE OF MARYLAND.
A contemporary account of the proceedings in Maryland states that a large audience assembled at Ford's Grand Opera House, Baltimore, February 4, to celebrate John Marshall Day. The celebration was under the joint auspices of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Baltimore City. The meeting was called to order by Mr. John S. Wirt, and Chief Justice James McSherry was called upon to preside. Rev. W. Strother Jones, of Trenton, N. J., a great-grandson of Chief Justice Marshall, spoke of John Marshall — The Man in eloquent terms and delivered a most instructive address. He was followed by Hon. William Pinkney Whyte, who spoke of Marshall as a Statesman, and the exercises were closed by the address of Mr. Charles J. Bonaparte, on Marshall as Lawyer and Judge. The students of the University of Maryland Law School acted as ushers, and in the evening gave a banquet at the Eutaw House. The Baltimore Bar Association gave a dinner at the Hotel Rennert in the evening.
Address of W. Strother Jones.
Mr. Jones said in part:
John Marshall was a man of note long before he became either statesman or Chief Justice. The gift of
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genius had early been discovered, and it followed him all the days of his life.
It is difficult to speak of him as a man without going into his life as a whole and showing therefrom what he became as a man. The different epochs of his life are so intertwined and mutually dependent that it is difficult to specify with accuracy any line of demarcation.
He was a soldier, scholar, statesman and legislator all in splendid proportions – before he reached the meridian of life. He was as great as any of the many noble sons of Virginia in a day when Virginia led the Union. In private life abundant evidence is forthcoming that he was a model of what a husband and father ought to be. He was the idol of the household. His children held him in the most affectionate esteem. The servants vied with one another in their desire to serve him. In the long period of the ill-health of Mrs. Marshall the tenderest affection was most markedly manifested. He would permit no one to do for her anything that he could do, and when, on Christmas Day, 1831, she breathed her last, his was a grief only those can know who have been obliged to endure so inexpressible a loss. His letters show the greatest solicitude for his widowed sisters and sisters-in-law and their children.
A word should be said as to his religious convictions. Indeed, in times past, so much has been said that if the half were true he had no religion at all. But would you not call a man religious who said the Lord's Prayer every day? And the prayer he learned at his mother's knee went down with him to the grave. He was a constant and liberal contributor to the support of the Episcopal Church. He never doubted the fact of the Christian revelation, but he was not convinced of the fact of the divinity of Christ till late in life. Then, after refus
ing privately to commune, he expressed a desire to do so publicly, and was ready and willing to do so when opportunity should be had. The circumstances of his death only forbade it. In all his life previously he was a constant attendant upon the worship of the church. He kneeled down in the presence of all the people. He was an example of reverence to all his children. He encouraged their joining the church. Like many men, he waited until his mind was convinced, but, unlike many men, he was open to conviction - and God gave it to him with all the joy it afforded. But he was never professedly Unitarian, and he had no place in his heart for either an ancient or a modern agnosticism.
Oration of William Pinkney Whyte on Marshall as a
The domestic and private life of John Marshall from the day of his birth, on the 24th of September, 1755, unto the last hour of his mortal existence, has been told by one of his own blood in language most beautiful and full of touching pathos, holding up for the admiration and improvement of posterity an example of great talents, sound morals and exalted virtue — the only basis of a high and honorable fame.
The spectacle of multitudes of professional men and others from every avocation of life gathering in the crowded cities and in the humble towns of this busy land of more than seventy millions of souls, to do homage and reverence to a man for his example as a soldier in Revolutionary days and as a citizen, and for his service as jurist and statesman, at the close of an hundred years after his accession to the high station of Chief Justice of the United States, seems to be a challenge to the assertion that republics are ungrateful.