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70. Summer-house at Mount Vernon....
71. Lafayette.-Painted by C. W. Peale, in 1778....
72. Masonic Apron wrought by the Marchioness Lafayette....
73. Houdon's Bust of Washington....
74. Houdon's Statue of Washington..
75. Elizabeth Parke Custis.....
76. G. W. P Custis when a child..
77. Italian Chimney-piece......
78. Tablet on the left of Chimney-piece...
79. Centre Tablet....
80. Tablet on the right of Chimney-piece..
81. Porcelain Vases....
82. Colonel David Humphreys
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MOUNT VERNON AND ITS ASSOCIATIONS.
N many an ancient
rary at Mount Ver-
which displayed, as usual, the name and armorial bearings of the owner. The language of heraldry learnedly describes the family arms of
Washington as "argent, two bars gules in chief, three mullets of the second. Crest, a raven, with wings, indorsed proper, issuing out of a ducal coronet, or." All this may be ininterpreted, a white or silver shield, with two red bars across
it, and above them three spur rowels, the combination ap pearing very much like the stripes and stars on our national ensign. The crest, a raven of natural color issuing out of a golden ducal coronet. The three mullets or star-figures indicated the filial distinction of the third son.
Back into the shadowy past six hundred years and more we may look, and find the name of Washington presented with "honorable mention" in several counties in England, on the records of the field, the church, and the state. They were generally first-class agriculturists, and eminently loyal men when their sovereigns were in trouble. In that trying time for England's monarch, a little more than two hundred years ago, when a republican army, under the authority of a revolutionary parliament, was hunting King Charles the First, Sir Henry Washington, a nephew of the Duke of Buckingham, is observed as governor of Worcester, and its able defender during a siege of three months by the parliamentary troops under General Fairfax. And earlier than this, when Charles, as Prince Royal, was a suitor for the hand of the Infanta of Spain, we find a Washington attached to his person. The loyal James Howell, who suffered long imprisonment in Fleet-street Jail because of his attachment to Charles, was in the train of the Prince while at Madrid; and from that city he wrote to his "noble friend, Sir John North," in the summer of 1623, saying:
"Mr. Washington, the Prince his page is lately dead of a Calenture, and I was at his buriall under a Figtree behind my Lord of Bristol's house. A little before his death one Ballard, an English Priest, went to tamper with him, and Sir
Edmund Varney meeting him coming down the stairs out of Washington's chamber, they fell from words to blows: but they were parted. The business was like to gather very ill bloud, and com to a great hight, had not Count Gondamar quasht it, which I beleeve he could not have done, unless the times had bin favorable; for such is the reverence they bear to the Church here, and so holy a conceit they have of all Ecclesiastics, that the greatest Don in Spain will tremble to offer the meanest of them any outrage or affront."