On the island of Manhattan, there exist three private graves on public land. Two of these belong to generals, one of whom later became President of the United States of America. The third belongs to a person few have probably ever heard of, but many come to visit.
This grave, which lies within a small enclosure, is marked by a funerary urn sitting atop a pedestal, upon which can be read:
ERECTED TO THE MEMORY
OF AN AMIABLE CHILD
ST. CLAIRE POLLOCK
DIED 15 JULY 1797
IN THE FIFTH YEAR OF HIS AGE
One hundred years after St. Claire died, Grant’s Tomb was erected so close by that this little monument is almost lost in its shadow. Despite the brevity of his life, this amiable child has inspired poets, authors, and artists alike.
Over two centuries after his death, people still visit little St. Claire leaving flowers, teddy bears and other keepsakes. Now it’s our turn to visit and pay our respects.
The cache itself is NOT in the grave’s enclosure, so there is no need to disturb little St. Claire’s peace.
At Riverside, on the slow hill-slant
Two memoried graves are seen.
A granite dome is over Grant
and over a child the green.
- Anna Markham