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The Oyster Fundum of Virginia

has not hitherto borne its just share of the public burthens. It preserved throughout the late war a rigid neutrality, distributing shells, like Great Britain, to both belligerents. The acid and luxurious inhabitants of Oyster must now prepare to be patriotic. The must not indulge too humble and a view of its capacities for usefully was designed for something better glut the appetites of gourmands. It to occupy a place in corporations, well as individual. Corporations souls, but they have bodies which be fed, and after a long period of abstinence, they have prodigious assure the Fundum it is soon to be its present lowliness, and will in the State when the Legislature assembles.

recommendation of Governor Peir that the shell fish shall bear a fair of the onerous burthen of taxation is just and proper, and we hope will on with promptness by the Legislature Those bivalves especially who inhibition rocks, and have been perpetually honored for the benefit of markets out of the State, will be delighted by the opportunity to render some service to Virginia. It will be recollected that, years ago, Governor Wise made a similar recommendation to that of Governor Peirpoint, and that much merriment was caused thereby among a class of small wits, who resemble oysters in requiring a surgical operation to get anything out of them. Wise and his Oyster Fundum opened an unexpected vein of mirth to those funny fellows. But like other conceptions of his vigorous mind, it is evident now that it was a judicious, practical, and would have proved, if adopted, a profitable plan. Even if it had afforded some provocation to laughter before the war, circumstances have changed, and what might then have been regarded a harmless joke, is now a very serious matter. Governor Peirpoint appreciates its value, and, in the present deranged state of finances, no such sure and productive source of relief can be safely neglected. The wealth and ability of the State to pay its have been fearfully diminished by the its assets have nearly all been swept and in this emergency we must avail of every resource which has been by the ravages of war. The Fundum which has enjoyed entire exemption military service and taxation, and whose are the only ones not broken, must now us the advantage of its undiminished and inexhaustible fecundity.

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