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--We cannot see that the peculiar condition of affairs at the present day has any depressing effect upon the connubial market. So many of the young men of the city have gone off to the wars, that a careless observer of events would have counted upon a considerable diminution in the number of matches; but the result shows that our fair maidens do not sigh in vain for lovers, nor find much difficulty in persuading them that matrimony possesses unspeakable advantages over a state of ‘"single"’ existence. ‘"Some, Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps;"’ but whether traps or arrows, to this complexion it must come at last; the stronger yields to the weaker sex, the old folks give their consent, the parson hitches them together, and off they go over a new course, which at first seems strewn with nothing but roses, though many experienced persons tell us that thorns begin to stick out after a while. Strange as it may seem, however, few men are satisfied with one trial. The wife, often delicate and always fading, is overcome by the cares and anxieties of life, and her pure spirit takes its flight to the God who gave it; but ere the spring flowers have bloomed upon her grave, the widower appears in garments finer than he ever wore, and among all he is the most gay and sprightly. It is easy to woo and easier to get a second wife; and we have known some to go as high as the third or fourth, before a kind Providence interposed to save other fair damsels from the clutches of such remorseless Bluebeards. We did not commence this paragraph with the purpose of writing an essay, and so we will close with the announcement of a fact in confirmation of what is stated in the outset. During the month of December, just passed, the Clerk of the Hustings Court issued 18 marriage certificates, which, if memory serves us, is fully up to the average. The State of Virginia seceded from the old Confederation in April last, but new unions, which we hope will prove indissoluble, have given encouragement to hopes of a new and numerous population. Since April, 133 marriage licenses have been issued in this city; and with the expression of the hope that the coming year may prove fruitful and blessed, we take leave of the interesting subject of matrimony.

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