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ALEXANDRIA DAILY GAZETTE.
COMMERCIAL & POLITICAL. PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BT SAMUEL SNOWDEN, ROYAL-SfRBEf) ALEXANDRIA. Daily Gazette, 6 Dollars. Country Gazette, 5 Dollars. SATURDAY, MAY 23. for the Alexandria Daily Gazette. MONODY, On the Death of a Young Lady who perish td at Richmond. Still shall unthinking Man substantial deem The formsthat fleet thro’ life’s deceitful dream. Beattie. »—Ahi ■ umana mente, come i giudici Tuoi sou Vani, e torli! Tasso. Still shall delusive Hope to Fancy’s eye Unveil the scene of visionary joy Whicl\sterner Fate dissolves in empty air? Oh! transient flower, the sad St suddea doom That laid thee in thy dark & timeless tomb, Has buried all my hopes and my fond wishes there ! And art thou then forever fled ?— O’er my unslumb’ring head Tho# many a dreary day and drearier night has pass’d, Oft would I fondly deem The black reality a dream, And start to find it all reality at last. Oh ! soul-distracting night; j Happ’ly on my unconscious, slecp-vcil’d sight Thou wert not doom’d to gleam, My ear drank not the shriekings of despair, Nor caught from ’midst th’ abrupt terrific glare The interrupted scream. Yet, rightcousHeav’n! say why was I denied, In that the hour of her extremest need, To haste to the expiring angel’s side, Tho’ with an unavailing speed, Mix my last sigh with hers and (ah ! I rave!) Perhaps (distracting thought! ) to rescue and to save. Be hush’d my rebel bosom ! tho’ to thee Strange seem the irreversible decree That crept thy fair and cherish’d flower, Oh ! bend in silence to the sudden blow, Quell thy vain murmurs in the trying hour, Amidst the rising gusts of anguish bow In resignation to the chastening power;— Time may infuse a balm These fierce regrets to calm And heal the festering griefs thy quiet that de vour. Ye melancholy groves,whose twilight gloom Hears but the fitful murmurs of the blast That my startled ear so oft has pass’d As it in sighs it wail’d her hapless doom, Of your sequester’d glades, And grief-endeared shades Where I have spent my ravings on the wind, With grief-quell’d heart and less-distractcd mind, Again I woo the solemn silence deep, Unnotic’d unrestrain’d, to wander k to weep ; Sad as your murmurs low Oh 1 teach the verse to flow And paint in simple phrase the colour of my woe. Thus haply it may yield a mournful bliss To muse on my lost happiness And her whom these sad eyes now seek in vain to find, On the fair form her spotless soul that shin’d, And, more endearing far, the beauties of her mind. Recall, Remembrance, every winning grace That dwelt in her enchanting face, The waveless mirror of her tranquil soul, The tender look, the sudden-swelling sigh, The tear that stole unbidden from her eye At Pity’s soft control: Tell how amidst the fashion-loving throng She mov’d in sweet simplicity along, And cherish’d ’midst the world’s tumultu ous strife The modest virtues of retired life ; How in harmonious unison she join’d The soul sincere, compassionate and kind, The playful wit, and intellect refin’d, And how o’er all her polish’d manner threw A heighten’d charm and graces ever new. E’en now methinks I hear, Soft as the low-breath’d whispers of the breeze That rests on these low-drooping trees, Her gentle accents steal upon my ear : They soothe, as wont, my tossing breast To welcome and oblivious rest, Arid with the visions of my lost repose Shed a short-liv'd oblivion o’er my woes. —Is then the saddening Memory All that remains to us of thee, Thou beauteous blossom ravag’d timelessly? Is all that seem’d so flourishing and lair, So sweet to soul, to eye, to ear, Laid in the narrow house in gloom tomouldei there? yr Oh ! my departed angel, ii to thee Dear be the thought of past felicity, t If ever, as I fancy, thou dost deign To view, as now, my sorrowing soul com plain, Be present, tho* unseen, to my refccf. And hush these sudden bursts of agonizing grief. Sometimes a momentary calm will steal Upon the bitter pangs I feel, And I can think with but a mournful tear How good thou wast, how gentle & how fair; How with hope’s delightful eyes We saw long future bliss in vision rise, Alas ! unthoughtlul of the evil near That whelm’d our fairy hopes in blackness and despair. Farewell, blest Spirit! from the western skies Fades the broad Sun—night’s shadows on ward roll; So Hope’s returning Sun within me dies, So sink the shades of sorrow on my soul: Still at the sad, depressive evening hour, When through the Mem’ry’s busy shapes, to me Life seems a waste whose solitary flower Was pluck’d, oh ! sainted innocence, in thee. 1 • LITERARY MONITOR. u Humanitas J^twpublicotn ct Civis Hanovat, _« By virtues to the world endear’d, By foes respected, and by friends fever d ; Prompt to relieve the supplicating sigh, And never dash’d with tears the asking eye ; But wak’d of joy the long departed beam, Deep sunk in sorrow’s unremitting stream. HUMANITY and MERCY, are such glo rious distinctions in the character ot a man, a neighborhood, a city, state or nation, that to character is to possess UV/ViUll V»l*w — more than the diadems ot potentates 01 the wealth of empires. Nothing can more exalt an individual 01 a people,because nothing is more GOD like. The very substance and essence of the Chris tian Religion, are BENE\ OLENCE and MERCY:—They are the fundamental prin ciples of all our blessed Saviour's instructions to man, and the volume of infinite goodness is but an ample display of these sublime and inestimable virtues. It is then glorious for thee, my country, that thou art incorporating, with thy general character, those cnobling and venerable prin ciples, which shod a radient lustre around thine imperishable VIRTUE—thou art en hancing thy worth with the most superior ex cellence—and thy 44 Body of Liberties, en shrined with a glory brilliantly magnificent as the spheres of heaven, shall, like those ma jestic orbs, continue, through all the vast vo lumes of ages, and be, in very deedy u a name and a praise throughout the whole earth ” It is said of Alexander, present 44 Empe ror of all the Russians,” that he needs no Ift guards—^that Ids best and only secunt) is in the respectful affections of his numerous sub jects—-that lie is accessible to all, and that his predominant ambition is to possess and exer cise the virtues of humanity. It is said of Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, that his guards are strong, and his po lice agents numerous—that he is as it were walled around with formidable steely and en trenched within a huge forest of bayonets that like the priests, with perpetual prayers and lamps at the mausoleum of the Lamaey his invincibles are drilled to incessant duty— while ?nercy sits weeping behind the tombs of the Capets—a monument of despair. Who would not be the one, and who does not venerate the one in preference to the other ? General Suwarrow, in the great and gen eral massacre at Warsaw, fired the city and butchered in cold blood, Nine Thousand con quered inhabitants ! At Ismael, he caused a general, inhuman and horrid massacre of Thirty Thousand Turks ! ! ! General WASHINGTON, saved his coun try—became the “ father of his people,” and retired from public life, followed with the blessings of millions and the most fervent ve neration of posterity. IIow exalted & glorious is mercy ! May our illustrious statesmen henceforth,with wisdom ! ever exercise the true spirit of humanity; allow no Capital punishments—no blood to be shed in tire expiation of crimes—no life to be sacri ficed even at the holy alter oftJUSTICE— for “the voice of blood cries from the ground,” even now amid the accumulated blood stains on this sacred and venerable shrine, there is still visible the hallowed and imperishable in scription—M GOD IS. LOVE ! * Be ye then merciful, as your GOD is merciful” Let mercy be the seal and sanction of all your Jjitfislulive “-spai c not the ncccssaiy chas tisement, for ^ correction in righteousness, —but “ do no murder”—“ do not kill.”— “ As all men have an equal right to live, “ Take not away that life you cannot give.” Spare the victim of the law from brutal immolation—and administer those punish ments, which being merciful, shall do thee, my country, everlasting honor.—<********* [Boston Patriot. ECONOMICAL ALMANACK. MAY, __,_Venerate the Plough ; And o’er ourhilUand long withdrawing vales, Let autupm spread hi* treasures to the sun Luxuriant and unbounded Thompson. While every beast is exulting on his free dom, suffer not the submissive ox to pine in ‘servitude. Let thy crib reward him for his toil in the field. Never urge him beyond his strength. Art thou above feeling for a brute, consult thy own interest—an hour's ill usage may de prive thee of his labour for a month. What ever is retrenched from his feed in the spring, you must more than doubly pay it in the fall, or loose the injured sufferer. But I will not interrupt the eloquence of May by dictating what all 44 bounteous nature’ cannot fail to impress on the dilated heart; , the lesson of universal benevolence. The blithe husbandman, surrounded by the verdure and accompanied by the music of May, will find himself sufficiently amused and instructed from 44 Nature’s library,” while whistling after his plough, or scattering his grain in the furrow, insteud of considering | his labor a toil, I believe he will esteem it a pleasure, and be ready to exclaim with enthu- j | siastic Frank, ^ O that spring would lust for ever !” I will leave him in daliance with May in her gayest attire; return to my shop and strike off a lecture gratis, for my brother ap prentices. and young men of generous hearts and small capitals. “ When kind tumults seize the veins and all the yielding soul is love”—let the aspiring youth, 44 beware”—of making promises. If a smiling season and the glowing cheek of beauty have exposed your heart to the ar rows of love, make a truce with Cupid, till you experience the effect of December's chil ling frost upon the ardour ct your passion. Spring love oltcn freezes in the winter; and love once congealed seldom pursues its old channel again. Jharly marriages are a puDtic oiessmg; uui s unhappy matches, a private curse. A man in j love is always generous, and a generous per son never thinks himself poor. A young man is too poor to marry till he has the certain means of earning, at least three times as much in a year as he expends when single. While I am upon the subject of economies, I will suggest an economical, and, 1 think, judicious way ol carrying on a courtship. Instead of riding into the adjacent towns, ancl spending a dollar or two every week or fortnight, let the young tradesman establish himself in business, and the poor laborers procure a small farm and decent house, free from debt, and the business, though perhaps never thought of, is at least, halt performed. It is a light objection that your acquaint ance with the sex will be too superficial for a good choice. The roving rake, who tells you he is in pursuit of a good wife, is hunting bad women. I leave him to his course—while he is over taken in his irregular pursuit by an untimely and inclement winter ; let temperance and in dustry strew’ your path, through the seasons of life, with the flowers of perpetual May. --• ■- i Biirwirrw*— From (he Boston Re/iertorif. LETTER III. TO THE CITIZENS OF THE COM MOjVWFALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. Embargo—and War with G. Britain. Fellow-Citizens, In my last letter I gave the history of! President Jefferson’s Embargo in 1807. By undertaking to slate his reasons ior recom mending that destructive measure, he has ex posed himsel! to detection; and I presume that every fair minded read* r will b^ convinc ed from bis own documents which I recited, of his hypocrisy, duplicity, falsehood and trea chery. " President Madison has been more : . , * i’ i _ _ _:_: „... cautious in ms i-mwigu, assigning uu fic reasons for recommending it. But we have Mr. Jefferson’s assurance (in his answer to the Baltimore Tammany Society when he went out of office) that Mr. Madison, when secretary of state, had cordially co-opcratcd with him in his measures ; which he consi dered as a pledge, that, now become presi dent he would pursue the same system. But j this testimonial of his patron was not necessa ry to induce a full expectation and belief in those who were acquainted with Mr. Madison’s political character, that he would go on fa the same course. That he should therefore re commend an embargo at this juncture is per fectly consistent. Having joined with the French emperor u in twisting a knot about our necks,” his further co-operation was na turally to be expected. And nothing could so effectually promote the emperor’s views, at this time, as an embargo—to be followed by war with Great-Britain. Such a war, howe ver, I think Mr. Madison must be a little ap prehensive, would not be sufficiently popular for him to venture upon, unless* Great Britain can by some cunning management be induc ed to commence it ; and in some way that may enable him to persuade the people that lie had taken every possible precaution^ to avoid the war. The proceedings in East Flo rida may lead to this result. The basis of these proceedings was the act of congress secretly passed during the last session of congress au thorising the president to take possession of that Spanish province, in case an arrangement had been or should be made with the local au thority thereof for delivering possession of it or of any part of it to the United Slates ; or in the event of an attempt to occupy that pro ■vince or any part of it by ai:v f, went. And one hundred ii,ol v . gog'n. were appropriated Sc placed at ,i * '“r» disposal, “ to defray such expee,!a c',aa»''s president might deem nccessa:, T- l!‘c i»g as aforesaid, and the seeurlV- V r ,^J'aln ritory.” • * ll-lU:r. The provisions o! this act, and S1)W , events deserve consideration. a-<! ' " how was the president to obtain n0,‘T,' East Florida ? « By an arrange,* local authority thereof” And wf.at convw * ed that “ local authority ?” 'I’ha Soari’,;, *1’ vernor and other officers. And whv . an “arrangement” with those Six.h\\Tk cers? The president and congress lenew-t the sovereign power of Span, ulon, could f ,, fuliy make an “ arrangeme-.t,’ for transfcrii, the possession of the piov nee to the United states. A\ hut so1t of an *fc ur* angenientr> • |! could be made with the governor and ether officers of Lust Florida ? There could be but one—and that one could be accomplished on' ly by the voluntary treu.cn of those o(f,ccr<* of which the president wav to take advantau* —or by his employing our agent to sJ,l^ them from their allegiance, and by corru/itioJ tempt them to become trailer* to tluir C(.un4 try. And from the statement I am now nuk ing, such will appear to have been the delibe rate plan of the “ virtuous and amiable \W. dison !” Of the same man who in his late me?! sage to congress, communicating the papers ! delivered him by John Henry, affected to be deeply wounded by an act of general OaL the British governor of Canada, in send in !> Henry to Boston to learn, il there be aK.y truth in his story, what was the situation of public affairs, and the strength and plans of patties at a time when the country was groaning un der the oppression of Mr. Jefferson’s treacher ous and ruinous embargo. Mr. Madison could then warmly declaim on this intermeddling of a British governor, insinuating too. that Hmr,» was the “ secret agent” of the British govern* men '; al hough it doesnot appear by the papers themselves, that Henry was employed by go vernor Craig with the knowledge of his go* vemment-With the like baseness and with the absolute want of truth, Air. Madison says, that Henry was u employed in fomenting dis affection to the constituted authorities of the nation, and in intrigues with the disaffected, for the purpose of bringing about resistance to the laws, and eventually, in concert viin \ British force, of destroying the union.” Bjt there is nothing in Henry’s papers to warrant this accusation. Henry says he did not open his lips to a single person on the subject of his mission. Of course he did not “ foment disaffection to the constituted authorities of the nation.” nor form any intrigues with the disaffected.” It is a vile slander on the re* speclablcv^crc:* inhabitants of Boston, whom Mr. Madison meant to designate by the term u disaffected.” And why should Mr Madi son in a formal communication to congress utter this base slander r—The important elec tions in Massachusetts wc*c approaching — His message was short and would be read by thousands; while Henry’s documents were long and would be n*ad hut by fevj. And still fewer were likely to read them with the atten tion requisite to detect Mr. Madison’s wisrc* presentations. But to return to East Florida- The British minister at Washington, Mr. Foster, on the 5th of September last, stated to Air- Momo1, Secretary of State, his information received from the Spanish minister in Philadelphia, that Governor Mathews of Georgia was* on the frontiers of East Florid?* u tor the pm* pose of treating witn the inhabitants of that province, for its being delivercl up to the L. States’ government; that he was with tins view using every method of seduction to ef fect bis purpose ; offering to each tvnite inha bitant w ho would sido with him 50 acicsoi land, and the guarantee of his religion *liU property ; stipulating also that the A me-.can i i ^ i _ 1 dxf i lift Sf)3# govcrnmeiu vyouiu pay uit uiu^ —- * nish government whether due in pensions^ otherwise ; and that the soldiers ol the p11*; sons to be conveyed to such places as 5-'0^ be indicated, provided they did not - choose to enter into the service of tae unite States.”—These terms held out to the SPi‘nI* * subjects of Florida, have on the ia.ee o t »c the stamp of public authority. A pma?e J* dividual, for Ids own private purposes, \vofl*a neverhave dreamed of making suchoyew'-iie Mr. Foster adds—u After the solemn asseve rations which you gave me in the wont > ' July, that no intentions hostile to the ^Panl 1 interest in Florida existed on the paitcn ,vu government, I am wholly unable to 5UPP that General Mathews can have onici* » the President for the conduct he is sta ^ be pursuing; but the measures he issai bet-king in corresponding with trattois, * endeavoring, by bribery and eveiy at* t*lC duction to infuse a spirit cl rebellion in subjects of tbc king of Spain in those <iua . arc such as to create the liveliest mqu ^ and to call for the most early wtcrlwc^ d the pan of the government oi U\ u States.” And then for. Foster eanosdy.^ of Mr. Monroe an explanation ol t.w« « ; ; ing steps of Governor Mathers fm stio' the Spanish authority in i'ioru.»- c!,;!-,e Nearly two months are so.it ^ ^ before Mr. Monroe gives an an*'Tn Foster. At length on the ~‘l « N ’with t\\ 1811, he sends p^^'^/adison ii «p*W« the art with whirl* r,n . iUive» Instead of the requested exp . . rccciwJ a long tale vt grievances o J"