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CHAPTER 1.

Motives for visiting the United States.-Intercourse with various Classes of Society.-

Extensive geographical Range of the Country traversed.-Names of the several

States and Territories examined.- Form of Narrative adopted in Description.--His-

torical and statistical Sketches blepded with this.-General Topics chiefly divelt on

in Cities and States.- Pictures of Manners and Customs in public and private Life

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CHAPTER II.

Departure from England. - Arrival at New York. --Address to the American Public is-

sued on Landing.- Different Courses of Lectures delivered in the City.- Attendance

at Public Meetings for Benevolent Objects.-New York State Temperance Society:-

New York Peace Society.-Meeting on the Subject of Public Education.-New-

York City Tract Society.--Total Abstinence Society.- Ladies Meeting for the Or.

phan Asylum.--Meeling of the Friends of Sailors' Homes - Visit to one of the Es-

tablishments of this Institution. - Admirable Arrangement for the Comforts of Sea-

men.-- Political Excursion to Newark with the Hon. Dan. Webster.- Visit to Polling.

places at the Time of Election.-Legal and Clerical Parties.- Intellectual Soirées 19

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CHAPTER III.

History of New-York from 1609 to 1838.-Topography and Plan of the City and its

Environs.-Astonishing Rapidity of the Increase of Population.—Comparison of its

Shipping at different Periods.- Augmentation of its Revenue and Foreign Commerce.

- Admirable Situation chosen for the City.-Great Advantage of extensive Water-

margin.-Outline of the Plan, and general Form of the City.- Public Squares and

open Spaces in New-York.—Public Buildings : City Hall, Custom-house, Exchange.

---Churches, and Style of Architecture in general Use.—Hotels, and general Accom-

modation in them.-- Private Dwellings: Interior, Style, Furniture.-Streets, and their

Peculiarities compared with ours.-Appearance of the principal Shops or Stores.-

Number of elegantly dressed Ladies in Broadway.--Absence of the splendid Equi-

pages of England .

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CHAPTER IV.

Population of New-York.-Strangers, Residents, Merchants, Traders.- Public Convey-

ances, Omnibuses, Hackney-coaches. - Private Equipages, Carriages, Servants. ---

Male and Female Society, Differences between them. - Private Parties, Balls, and

Suppers.- Comparison between English and American Soirées.-Expensive and pro-

fuse Entertainments given.-Condition of the humbler Classes in America. - Political

Parties, Conservatives, Reformers, Radicals, Americans, Whigs, Democrats, Loco-

focos, Politics of the wealthy Mercantile Classes.-Causes of the recent Panic or

Embarrassment.-Extravagant Habits engendered by the Credit System.-Effects of

this on all Classes of Society.-Loss of $20,000,000 by the great Fire at New York. --

Newspapers of New York. -Organs of Parties.- Penny Newspapers, Character and

Influence.- Proceedings of the Election for State Legislature. - Public Meetings to

support Candidates for Office.-State of Political Parties.- Deadly reciprocal Hostil.

ity.-Gross Misrepresentations of the Motives and Ends of each.-Difficulty of ex-

tracting Truth froin such conflicting Statements. - Attendance at the Polls during the

Election.-Deficiency of a us Registration of Voters.-Vote by Ballot, not se-

cret voting generally.-- Reasons why this is not necessary in America. - Success of

the Whigs in the New-York Election. Intoxication of Joy in the triumphant Party.

-Extravagant Projects of Political Demonstration.-National Character and Taste

exhibited in this

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CHAPTER IX.

Misery and Crime among the poorer Classes. --Levity of the public Journals in record

ing this. - Bennett's slanderous Paper, the Morning Herald.--Bodies of dead Negroes)

salted for Exportation.-Deaths from Want and Destitution.-American Importation

of foreign Grain.-Reversion of the Order of Nature in this.--Causes which led to

this singular State of Things.--Instances of Robbery, Murder, and Fraud. -Occupa-

tions for the Members of the Law.- Highwaymen in the Suburbs of New York. - De.

pravity of Morals in the Country.--Intemperance and Wretchedness in the Towns.-

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CHAPTER XVI.

History of the City of Washington.-Formation of the District of Columbia.-Seat of

Government established there by Law.-Choice of the Position for the new City.-

Plan and Design of General Washington.-Topography and Details of the Streets,

&c.- Public Buildings. The Capitol.-Scale of the Edifice.-Style of Architecture.

-Sculptured Subjects in the Rotunda.-Description of the Senate Chamber.- Ar-

rangement and Modes of doing Business.- Description of the Hall of Representa.

tives. — Regulation of taking Seats by Members.-- General Order and Decorum of

their Proceedings.--Great Advantage of Day-sittings over Night-meetings.—Hall of

the Supreine Court of Justice.-Library of the Capitol, History and Present Condi-

tion.– The President's House, Size, Style, and Character.–Public Offices of Gov.

ernment near the President's.-State Department.- Original Declaration of Inde-

pendence.- War Department.-- Portraits of Indian Chiefs.- Treasury Department.

-Standard Weights and Measures.- Arsenal. - Navy.yard, and General Postoffice.

- Indian Department.- Land Department.--Patent Office.- Destruction of Models

and Records.- Places of Public Worship in Washington.--Anecdote of the Congres-

sional Chaplains.- Colleges, Banks, Hoteis, and Boarding houses. - Theatres. - Mr.

Forrest, the American Actor. - Anecdote of Southern Sensitiveness on Slavery.-

Play of Othello and of the Gladiator Proscribed.- Exclusion of Coloured Persons

from the Representations.-Private Buildings of the City, Style and Character.-

Population of Washington.--City Government.-Revenue, Taxes, Licenses, Debt,

and appropriation.- Regulations respecting the Coloured Population. --Restrictions

as to the Heights of Houses in Building

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CHAPTER XXI.

Topographical Situation of Baltimore.— Finest Points of View in the Panorama.–Form

and Plan of the City.- Private Residences and public Buildings. - Exchange, Cus-

tom house, City Hall.-Courthouse, Jail, and Penitentiary.-Separation of the Sexes

in the latter. - Night-cells open to constant Supervision.-Workshops for the daily

Labour of the Convicts.- Produce of their work sustains the Institution.—Plan of

Government and internal Economy:- Places of public Worship in Baltimore.-The

Catholic Cathedral, Beauties and Defects.-- Pictures of the Interior, presented by

France.- Unitarian Church, Exterior and Interior.-Episcopalian, Presbyterian, and

Baptist Churches.-Medical College for Students.- Benevolent Institutions of Balti-

more.- Asylum at Calverton, Plan and Condition.-- The Hospital under the Catholic

Sisters of Charity.-The Infirmary, Illustration of Catholic Zeal.-Dispensary, Or-

phan Asylum, Marine Society.- Penitent Female Refuge Society, and others. -Bal.

timore characterized as the “Monumental City."- Washington Monument, Column

and Statue.-The Battle Monument, in Monument Square.-The Armistead Monu-

ment, near the City Spring.-Fountains or enclosed Springs in Baltimore.- The City

Spring.–The Western Fountain. The Eastern Fountain, the Centre Fountain.

Places of public Amusement.-Theatre, Circus, Concert and Ball Room.-Museum,

public Gardens, Racecourse.-Municipal Government, Commerce, and Shipping:-

Capacities for Trade, Banks, and Insurance-offices

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