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CONTENTS

OF

THE FIRST VOLUME.

CHAPTER I.

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 from such conflicting Statements.-- Attendance at the Polls during the

Election.-Deficiency of a previous Registration of Voters.— Vote by Ballol, 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, Hotels, 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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