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Tiftft % d & ption of Cemeteries in the silbutbs of London affords & ti instance of salutary sense and g $ Q & taste which foreign gfewnples , combined with tfh & sftoiit of speculation
no # Sd fife m our country , have engendered in capitalists and tolling companies . We haVe met with persons , however ^ Vho hive expressed themselves unwilling to embark their stock in a scheme of this
nature ^— tlife idea of venturing upon a profit and loss account with Death himself—to cast the balance in fevour of or against graves , Worms , and epitaphsto iiiake dust their paper—calculate the bills of
mortalitybeeOnle k party interested in the spread of typhus , or other deadly epidemic disease—are considerations startling to sensitive minds , which naturally shrink from such associations
of thoughts . A slight shifting- of the light , nevertheless , as it falls upon an object presented to-the inward eye , may so colour the scene , that the repulsive subject of one minute may become the attractive feature of the next .
Thus , in p lace of the above rather moroid reasoning , let ufc put the more cheerful arg ' ument which might be derived from this consideration , that by contributing towards the establishment of suburban
cemeteries , we help to stay tl * e dangerous increase of buried bodies
in places crowded with ^ he living — we iise our meltns against the futtire possible sSp ^ proach of awful plague or cholera—we exercise a sympathy with those wji 6 mourn * and whoise heads aie tj & it
downwards , whose eyes are fixed on the new grave , wli ^ dress and demeanour marK them as the afflicted : x > f '' 10 $$ by leading them to MtoW their lost dear ones to places more
quiet and seemly than the hubbub-ridden and swarming streets . By beckoning theni to " a more removed ground * amid trees and flowers we become small asrents of the
irresponsible power which tempers the wind to the shorn lamb . Thus , by changing the motive of the subscriber- the investment turns from a sordid speculation in mortgage or funeral funds , to a patriotic and benevolent loan .
Colour the sentiment as we may , there seems no lack of means to accomplish the desirable end . On the contrary , the eagerness of speculators wotild have surrounded this
populous city with a dhain of cemeteries , which imigjit apjteaiy as th £ buryijig-places about Constantinople seemed to L ^ y ^ arv , a 3 ; more extenisjve than the city itself . Primrose hill and Hampstead heath * among : other places , marked as eligible sites for burying-grounds , had been
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 1, 1837, page 417, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/mrp_01121837/page/49/