From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/12/1859, p. 1, c. 6

St. John’s Church-Yard needs improving and beautifying, and should have it. The grounds seem to be overrun with weeds, the trees need trimming, and the walks are not kept as clean as they might be. Indeed the whole grounds could be made more inviting than they are, at small expense; and as the grounds and the church are so intimately associated with Patrick Henry and revolutionary times that every stranger who visits Richmond wishes to see them, they should be preserved from the decaying hand of time, and made inviting to every patriot pilgrim who looks upon them as sacred relics of our country’s history.

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