|Title:||Monument In Carlysle Church, USA, For William Irwin.|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Origin||Philadelphia, Penn., USA|
|Relationship||re a monument for an army officer|
|Source||The Belfast News-Letter, 17th To 21st August, 1792.|
|Archive||The Central Library, Belfast.|
|Log||Document added by LT, 24:07:1995.|
|Transcript||Extract of a Letter from Philadelphia|
"In the church of Carlysle, in Pennsylvania, the
following very superb monument has been finished by
order of Congress, which while it conveys the most
flattering compliment to the Irish, excites a pleasing
idea of the encreasing [increasing?] opulence of a
nation of our brethern, [brethren?] which will, in all probability,
one day shew [show?] an example of greatness, freedom
and happiness to the whole earth.
"Near the top of the monument are two majestic
female figures, large as life, of beautiful white
marble, in reclining postures, with countenances highly
expressive of sorrow, supporting between them a crown
of laurel, interwoven with shamrocks - representing
Hibernia as a mother and America a sister: the side
compartments are charged with trophies of war; on
the tomb, lies, of white marble, a striking likeness of
the General, large as life, represented as dead, with
two Indians weeping at his feet.
On the side of the tomb, which is of black marble,
is the following Epitaph:-
In memory of William Irwin, Esq.
Late a General of the Armies of America -
In their glorious and successful struggle for
He was a true-born Irishman, and inheriting all the
bravery of the old Enniskilliners -
his native country -
He fought - he bled - and conquered for America;
then bending his sword into a plough-share,
and cultivating the arts of Peace.
He was an affectionate husband, a loving father,
and a good neighbour.
He died universally lamented, in the 54th year of his
And America erects this monument of gratitude
to one of her Heroes.
"The execution of the work was in so mastery a
manner, by the artist, who is an American, that
Congress ordered him a gratuity of 100 dollars in
addition to 500 which was the estimate. The marble,
both white and black, which is not inferior to any in
Europe, was got in a quarry near Carlysle."