Alonzo and Melissa; Or, The Unfeeling Father: An American Tale

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This e-text is based on the 1851 Boston edition of Alonzo and Melissa. The story originally appeared in 1804 as a serial in the weekly Political Barometer of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., written by the newspaper’s editor, Isaac Mitchell. Pirated versions began to appear in 1811, giving Daniel Jackson, Jr., as author.

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ALONZO AND MELISSA,

OR

THE UNFEELING FATHER.

AN
AMERICAN TALE.

In every varied posture, place, and hour,

How widowed every thought of every joy!

Young.


BY DANIEL JACKSON, Jr.

 
 

BOSTON:

PRINTED FOR THE PUBLISHERS.
1851.

picture of house

Frontispiece from 1864 Philadelphia edition of Alonzo and Melissa.