News from The Weekly Cartersville Express

The Weekly Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
March 1, 1867, Page 3
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Messrs. Editors: -- In your issue of last week, you were pleased to call the attention of the town authorities to the burying ground, or grave yard, at the site of where once stood our Baptist church.  The rapid increase of population and buildings in Cartersville, has materially changed the character of location; now the present site of said burying ground, instead of being on the out-skirts of the village, is nearly surrounded, by reason of the rapid improvements daily going up.

You say the town authorities should stop the citizens from burying there, and go back to the old burying ground.  We, as members of your Town Council, with you, are in favor of discontinuing burying at the site in question, but will not move in the matter unless the Church and the legal representatives of the donor, who gave the ground to the Church, and friends are consulted.  Their wishes first consulted and consent obtained, we will cheerfully unite in carrying out your views, so far as we can, to consummate the removal of the public burying ground to the old site.
Town Council

We wish it distinctly understood that we have no private ends to subserve in advocating the removal of this grave yard.  We own no lots on or adjoining the site the value of which to enhance, but proposed removal simply as a measure of public good, and we wish to incur no displeasure from those who have loved ones buried there.–

If it is to remain where it is, care should be taken to clean it up and beautify it, as it will be in the very heart of town, and occupy one of the most commanding positions but if it is to be removed the sooner the better, as even since the agitation of the question, remains are being deposited there. –

If the full consent of all parties were obtained, it will be necessary to enlarge the grounds of the old one.  Can this be done – and how? are the questions to be determined first.  Who will sell, or donate adjoining lands for this purpose?  We agree with the Town Council that the consent of parties must be obtained, grounds provided, and then will follow the work of removal.  In order to do this a meeting of the citizens should be held, committees appointed and the whole matter properly inaugurated.  The columns of our paper are open to announce any call, discuss any measure, or herald any proposition, connected with the subject.


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