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William Richardson Davie
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Inscription: In this grave are deposited the remains of/ WILLIAM R. DAVIE,/ The Soldier, Jurist, Statesman and Patriot./ In the glorious war for American Independence,/ He fought among the foremost of the Brave./ As an advocate at the Bar,/ He was diligent, sagacious, learned, zealous,/ Incorruptibly honest, and of commanding eloquence./ In the Legislative Hall,/ He had no superior in enlarged views,/ And profound plans of Policy;/ Single in his end, varied in his means, indefatigable in his exertions./ Representing his nation on an important foreign Embassy,/ He evinced his characteristic devotion to her interests,/ And manifested a peculiar fitness for Diplomacy:/ Polished in manners, Firm in act,/ Candid without impudence, Wise above deceit;/ A true lover of his Country,/ Always preferring the People's good to the People's favour;/ Though he disdained to fawn for office/ He filled most of the stations to which Ambition might aspire;/ And declining no public Trust,/ Ennobled whatever he accepted,/ By the Dignity and Talent,/ Which he brought into the discharge of its functions./ A Great Man in an age of Great Men./ In life, he was admired and beloved by the virtous and the wise;/ In death, he had silenced Calumny and caused Envy to mourn./ He was born in Edinburg 1756,/ And died in So Carolina 1820. [Wm. R. Davie was born in Egremont Parish, Cumberland County, England]
Added by: Mary Clyde Reid
9/19/2006
 
 

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