Pictures of the City of Washington in the Past

Pictures of the City of Washington in the Past

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...interesting volume, consisting of thirty chapters, comprising as many subjects, with such detail of facts and data, and narrative of incidents, as were accessible to him at that early date, which pertain to the previous history of the territory, foundation and settlement of the city, and to the usages, customs, society, manners, and life of the people. In view of the fact that frequent references are made in the different chapters of these pictures to this early history of the city and its environments, attention will be invited in this review only to those parts which relate to the author's personal knowledge and observation, and are of special value because of their original authenticity by an eye-witness. His descriptions of the soil, with its products, and of the climate and prevalent diseases are coupled with the statement that the city, with a population of 8208, one-half of whom were Irish laborers, was the healthiest city in the country. It was supplied with an abundance of food, including twentythree varieties of fish caught in the Potomac. The fisheries were protected under the laws of Maryland, which prescribed severe penalties for their violation. Slaves were punished with ten lashes on their bare backs for catching or attempting to catch fish during forbidden periods or in any improper manner. Dr. Warden cites the following illustration of the unique style of advertising then in vogue in this city. Peter Rodgers, sadler, from the green fields of Erin and tyranny to the green fields of Washington and liberty.--See Copenhagen; view the sea, 'tis all blockade--'tis all a blaze. The seas shall be free--Yankey Doodle, keep it up. The saddler was a native of Cork, from which he had been banished at the age of...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236948270
  • 9781236948274