Cunningham, Ann Pamela, 1816-1875
- Existence: 1816-1875
- Existence: 1816 - 1875
Founder and First Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Found in 2296 Collections and/or Records:
A.L.S. Washington. Gives up her office as "Asst. Sec." because of moving to Washington. Describes visit to MV. Returns all of Regent's papers and thanks her for many kindnesses. ER-13, p. 158-159
A.L.S. Baltimore. Sends her gift of "Christian Households". Has rec'd some pamphlets inscribed "With compliments of the Southern Matron." Mrs. Phelps is sister of Emma Willard of Troy Seminary. Suggests she and her sister might edit a book on Mount Vernon, proceeds to go to MVLA. ER-13, p. 33
A.L.S. Sent article on Mount Vernon and Regent to Mr. Childs, editor of The Ledger. Refers to article in "True Woman." Comments on women's rights. She is 80 years old, advises Regent to think little of her ills, so much yet for Regent to do, and she seems to grow younger in her work. ER-13, p. 35
A.L.S. Asks for copies of article on Mount Vernon to share with others. Comments on women's suffrage and universal suffrage in America and England. ER-13, p. 38
A.L.S. She is not well and declines to write article glorifying Masonry. Approves plan to raise money for monument to Washington. Suggests Mrs. McThay write the article. Miss Emily Faithfull of England reform party lectures in Baltimore and wishes literature on Mount Vernon. ER-13, p. 39
A.L.S. Baltimore. In looking over list of Vice-Regents, saw none listed for MD. Why? Earlier MVLA had asked her for assistance in this endeavor - she was unable - now however, she offers her services. Feels that more than purchasing GW's home the MVLA can help bond together women of North and South. Wants to use Record to bring "political influence of women more before them." ER-13, p. 34
A.L.S. Manitowoc. His sentiments on efforts to purchase Mt. Vernon--believes unity of their purpose will help allay sectionalism in country. Post script on small piece of paper states that Masons in the state will act on subject of support for Mt. Vernon. (Envelope dated Mar. 14, 1859 and addressed to Philadelphia, Penn.)
A.L.S. Manitowoc. Congratulates her on hers & Association's purchase of Mt. Vernon--hopes this will allay sectionalism--believes Masons in the state will donate large sum--portraits not arrived from Messrs. Devereaux.
Manitowoc. Sends list of contributors and amounts of donations - errors in spelling in list sent before. Comments on various persons she is choosing for work, but times are hard in Wis. Comments on Mrs. Mitchell's appointment. ER-10, p. 75
A.L.S. Manitowoc. Complains that those who gave money through his efforts have not received portraits--possible aid from Masons--he worked many years ago to have nation buy Mt.Vernon and use it as a national school to try to allay any feelings of sectionism--discussion of choosing a VR for the state--nothing yet done in New York; the Association seems little known there (Envelope included, dated Nov. 15 and addressed to Philadelphia)
A.L.S. New York. Dawson, an attorney, refers to Mrs. Briggs' attack in the Chronicle on the Regent and the Association. Thinks the "malignant origin" should be exposed by one of the Vice Regents. If she will submit facts, he and her brother will analyze them fully for her. Reference to characteristics of Mrs. Washington, the Vice Regent of West Virginia. ER-10, p. 93
This document is the address given by Ann Pamela Cunningham, the Regent of the MVLA, to the Grand Council of the MVLA.
Has been very ill and unable to write anything. Next section penned by Miss Cunningham in shaky hand discussing her illness. Sends addresses of some ladies.
Draft or copy. A.L. Central Committee formed in May 1855. ER-11, p.11
A.L.S. Fragment. Problem of legislature, Gov. Floyd's support, Mr. Langfitt as representative. J.A. Washington's determination to have Virginians only in charge of Estate; constitution to be sent to Governor through Mrs. Ritchie. 100 copies of Waltz 2 not yet received. ER-1, p. 53
Discusses the duties of the Vice Regent and the importance of “character and judgment of those selected to this important office.” Wants to meet with him to talk more.
This document is a draft by MVLA Regent Ann Pamela Cunningham to David Paul Brown. The Regent is annoyed about the continued problem of crowds pouring into Mount Vernon at all times. She declares that a railroad in any hands would be objectionable.
ER 11; p. 106, AL
A.L. Draft. Mount Vernon. Personal appeal for the endowment fund; explains why maintenance fund is needed. Have just begun to appeal to "the rich". ER-11, p. 190
A.L.S. signed by Cunningham in writing of Christie Johnson. Philadelphia. Quotes Constitution (which became law on passage of Act of Incorporation on Mar 12, 1856 and its formal acceptance by VRs) on calling Council. Will defer meeting until Assn takes possession of Estate provided this is during 1859. ER-19, p. 51, 53, 55
A.L.S. in writing of secretary, signed by APC. See 1859, Nov 19, Ann Pamela Cunningham to a Vice-Regent re: wharf. ER-19, p. 65 19-65
A.L.S. Richmond. Recounts interest in Restoration of Mount Vernon including Tomb; formation of the MVLA; problems of purchase. Asks her to become Vice Regent for Maine. ER-19, p. 7
A.L.S. Philadelphia. Rec'd $1000 from ME., attempt to pay installment at this time without disturbing investments. ER-19, pp. 39,41,43,45
A.L.S. Philadelphia. Rec'd $500 from Me; brings amount in G.W. Riggs' hands to $51,800. On 5th anniversary of 1st Appeal, Assn has paid on purchase contract $75,000, and plans for next installment. ER-19, p. 47
A.L.S. Philadelphia. Private. Announces G. W. Riggs, Treasurer, has paid John A. Washington first bond with interest on the fifth anniversary of 1st Appeal. ER-19, p. 48