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DIED—On the 10th inst., at Lexington, of a wound received in a personal rencontre, Mr. Ralph B. Mattingly, student of medicine, of Washington Co., Ky. In the 20th year of his age. Time among its many mournful attributes, brings death to blight anticipation, and wither promise. Youth's visions are but the shadowings of approaching sorrow; and the anxious expectations of relations and friends, are the decorations of the victim for the sacrifice. Genious may elevate, virtue, enable, and kindness subdue and chasten the character into perfections. Yet there lingers the desolating consciousness, that death may rob earth of coming brilliance, and tear away the stay and comfort from the declining years, and honored grey hairs of fond parents. When ones whose good qualities, of head, and heart have made no impression on society, has gone, we mourn him merely as a memento of earth's frailty, and death's sad certainty, but when misfortune has driven to the tomb, one whom we loved, who knew him rightly, there is in the heart a vacancy, which time's mockeries will not suffice to fill. Such was he, in commemoration of whom, these lines are written. If generosity of heart, nobleness of purpose, and fondness of honor, connected with promise of mind, can attract to the grave of the departed, the sorrows of those worthy to sympathise thy fate, they will be thine, O Mattingly! –Frankfort Commonwealth.
From the Kentucky Gazette (Lexington, Ky.: 1809)
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