Excerpt from Albany City Guide, 1844: Being a General Description of the Public Buildings, Literary, Charitable, and Benevolent Institutions, &C., With Numerous Useful Tables and Statistics, Relating to the City
The ostensible object of this publication, is to con dense in a Vade Mecum a. General reference on matters pertaining to the city, in a cheap and convenient form Of the utility of such a work, no one can doubt, every city should have one, and almost any person who has ever visited a strange city has experienced the want of such a book. I do not recollect that any American city has a work of a similar character, embracing as it does, a general description of the city.
For the pecuniary aid, as well as the kind advice and assistance, I have received from my fellow citizens in the compilation of this work, I tender my most heart felt thanks, With sentiments of lasting gratitude.
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