James River - Our National River

The following speech was delivered on the occasion of christening the James River as our National River in connection with the Jamestown Exposition of 1907 by Lawrence Decatur Davis (1836-1911), second great grandson of Major George Marable of James City. I am indebted to Mr. Frank Chilton of Porter, Texas, the author's great grandson, for calling this speech to my attention and providing me with the text, as well as these delightful photographs of Lawrence Davis and his wife, Mildred Eldridge. Mr. Chilton has the good fortune to have in his possession a copy of the speech in the author's own hand.

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