The Grant Memorial.
The monument to General Grant, of which we present an illustration, is to he erected over his grave in Riverside park. a short distance from the drive. It is roost easily reached by the Sixth A venue Klevated Railroad to 125 th street, thence retracing steps and going westward to 122d street and Riverside avenue. General Grant was buried there on August 8, 1885, permission having been granted both by the legislature and the city authorities. A temporary structure was erected over the tomb, which it was not exacted Would remain longer than for a few months. Prom the fact that the park is a part of the city little known except to those who dwell in its vicinity, or who do much driving, few j>ersons are aware where the exact locality of his tomb is, although no inquiry is more often made by strangers from other towns. Very shortly after his death meetings were held looking to the erection of a monument, but though the committee then appointed has been continued till within a month or two, very little was accomplished by it. Less than a third of the sum total was contributed. Out of this much was spent for salaries and printing. But this committee has recently been reorganized. It is much smaller, and contains none but active men. Gen, Horace Porter, long associated with General Grant, has abandoned bis private business, and will not resume it until the monument is assured and the money subscribed. lie receives no compensation for this, nor do any other members of the committee. The total cost will be about $51×1,000. leaving $350,000 still to be procured. Ap|>eals have been issued to every calling and occupation in New York, lawyers, doctors, merchants, hankers and manufacturers, including the trade we represent. It is believed that on April 27, when the corner* stone of the edifice is to be laid, a very large proportion of the whole amount will have been raised.
The memorial will he of light granite, about 100 feet square and 150 feet high. It will he on high ground, the base being about 150 feet above the level of the sea, which will put the pinnacle of the monument 300 feet higher than the Hudson. It will be high enough and large enough to he seen from the Palisades, the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge, all high grounds within ten miles of the park and every vessel that sails up and down the river. Three millions of dollars has been spent by the city in its work of decorating this pleasure ground. The foundations for the monument are now finished and the first course of granite, 10 feet in height, has been put under construction. On April 27, the President of the United States will lay the corner-stone, Chaunccy M. Depew will deliver an oration, and it is believed a greater number of representative men, senators, judges, members of the cabinet, members of congress, and surviving generals of the war will be brought together than on any previous occasion. In the evening there will be a banquet at Delmonico’s.
All the readers of this journal are asked to contribute something toward the fund, involving the reputation of New York, which has pledged its honor that the monument shall be fittingly finished, and adding much to its historic attractiveness. The committee of architects, of which Richard M. Hunt is the head, are agreed that when completed this monument will lie in every sense worthy of the metropolis of America.