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WHEELING REPOSITORY.. (No. 5.) THURSDAY, April a, 1 807.. (Vol. I.) rm^M— . . - , ■ ■ - - - TERMS OF THIS PAPER. The AV heeling lif.pository is pub lished every Thursday, and forwarded to such places as may he directed, by the public mails, or the. earliest private opportunities, at Two Dollars per an num, (exclusive of postage) to be paid half-yearly in advance : No Subscrip tion taken for a shorter period titan six months, unless by special agreement: No Subscriber at libcrtv to discontinue, unless his subscription be paid up. Advertisements not exceeding a square, will be inserted three times for One Dollar,and (when required) con tinued afterwards at T w r. n t y-f i v e Cents for each insertion ; and longer ones in proportion. Cash will be ex pected with them. Those who order their advertisements to be published six months, will be allowed a deduction of ten per c nt. and to those who advertise by the year, a deduction of twenty per cent, will be made : Advertisements continued “ till forbid,"1 to be charged as above. FRCM THE PORT FOR JO. EMILY IIAMMOND. An American N.cel. ^ i'O convcv useful instruction with out giving offerc , is y tad, attended i. i.h peculiar difTic.il*;*. When our j jults are set b lore us, < v n though fri ndship itself assume the inW c.f cor rection, the inh *i\nt pri le oj our hi arts f els wounded at the fancied reproof, and too often totally weakens every effort for r* iormtion. Well-drawn sketches of rca1 !if»\how ever, furnish a means of instruction which nothing but confirmed baseness of character car. render ineft -ctu.il.— Wlvu we see a course ol vicious con duct succeeded by disgrace, misfortune, and repentance ; and remark the honour, diel ippiners, and pen'*'- of mind which, ecu in this life, active Virtue confers on her votaries ; we rec< ive instruction without suspecting it. Imagination and Passion are interested, and leave an im pression on the understanding, which formal advice and abstract reasoning could never have produced, If the following “ unvarnished little tale” shall speak Virtue’s call to one er ring heart, or beguile a single hour from the dulness of ennui, or the pursuit of trifles ; the relator will think Ids trouble amply repaid. To correct the passions, to soften and amend the heart, has bc*en Ids object: applause is not expected, and apology will not be attempted. In the earl) part of my life, I con tracted an intimacy with a Mr. Drev, a young gentleman from the eastern part of Massachusetts. Youthful at tachments are frequently less permanent than their early warmth would lead us to expect: new connexions are formed, and new interests arise, as our years in crease; and leave to iriendship little be yo:ul an empty name. To Mr. Drey and myself, however, these remarks by no means apply. Although engaged in the most active of all employments, while my life presented little more than a scen^of p*. actable idleness, he welcom ed mv frequent visits ;o his family, with a’l the ardour of youthful friendship. When I ft It the warm grasp of his hand, I forynt thru I was growing grey, while “ the joys of other times1’ rose to my memory in colours almost too vivid to permit the reflection that they were ne ver to r< turn/ Mr. Drey married when young. Ilis lady was an accomplish! d woman, and in her disposition amiable in a high de gree. Unlike too many of our fashion able wives, she found her chief happi ness in increasing that of her husband ; to lighten the pressure of his cares, raid rmdtiplv the courses of his enjoyment, seemed less her duty than her delight : and in that affectionate interchange of kind offices arising from a reciprocal desire to please, my friends enjoyed a degree of domestick felicity which I shall look in vain to see excelled. - - -;—■ ."v... -— u =gawfei They had two children, one of whom died in early infancy ; and on the other, a promising boy, was lavished all the fond attention which should have been divided among a more numerous fami ly. Ife received an early education ; and, at the age of seventeen, was placed, in a course of professional study, under the care of a relation at Philadelphia. Such was the family of Mr. Drey three years since : my friend now rests in his kindred earth ; his amiable wife tenants the clay by bis side ; while their a on, their only and darling child,44 the child of many prayers,” in whom cen tered all the fond hopes and expectations which the parental bosom alone can leel: this son, if yet alive, is a wander er in foreign climes, friendless and des titute, and tortured with tire 44 gnawings of that worm which never dies.” luy readers will pardon this short characteristick sketch; it is a tribute due to the memory of'my friends. In the autumn of 1802, I received in telligence that Mr. Drey was danger ously ill. Wishing to see him, with as little delay as possible, I took a seat in the mail-stage, as offering the most cer tain and expeditious manner of travel ling. Tiie first day I rode quite alone: the carriage reached New-Iiav^n about midnight; and after a lew hours repose, I was summoned to continue my jour ney toward Boston. As I entered the coach, I observed, by the light of the waiter’s lantern, a young lady who had entered before me, and placed herself on die back-seat. She was of a delicate form, and apparently in ill health : but the circumstance which most powerfully excited my feelings was, that she carri ed a very young infant, who appealed, like its unfriended protectress, to he ill prepared for the fatigues of such a .jour ney. The coachman’s customary in quiry, u all in?” was answered by a hoarse “ yes” from the door, anti I found myself on the road, w ith no other travelling companion than a woman, who seemed, at best, friendless, unpro tected, and unknown.