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their contracts to Easton as early as possible next within the limit of locomotive machinery is perfectly spring
practicable from the bank of the Susqucbanna to that of At the meeting of the board in March last, Charles the Schuylkill, and containing minute estimates and deT. Whippo, Esq. was appointed an engineer, and was scriptions of the work. At each end of the road an indirected to commence the location of a canal line upon clined plane and stationary engine will be required to the north branch of the Susquehanna. Having selected reach the river level. From the inclined plane on the the Nanticoke falls, 54 miles above Northumberland, as Schuylkill, which it is contemplated to fix near the resithe proper place for taking a feeder, he continued his dence of the late Judge Peters, the railway will cross line 27 miles downwards, and reported it to the board that river by a bridge, and pursuing the line of the old at their meeting in June. His plan being approved, that Union Canal, will reach the city of Philadelphia, at the portion of the canal was placed under contract, on the intersection of Broad and Vine streets. 24th of July. At the meeting in August, the remaining The Board have reason to believe, that the selection distance of 27 miles to Northumberland, was located by of this line has been skilful and judicious; and that the the board, and the superintendent was directed to enter mode of entering the city of Philadelphia is preferable into contracts for 18 miles, so as to make up the 45 to any other proposed. They have therefore confirmed miles, authorised by law. The work on this division the whole location, and in compliance with law have dihas advanced with great spirit, and should the legisla- rected the road formation of 40 miles to be placed under ture authorise the construction of the remaining 9 miles, contract. estimated to cost only 37,000 dollars, a perfect naviga- It is believed, that a line of Railway leading to a large tion of 54 miles on the north branch, laying open the city, cannot exert its full capability, without the construcwhole region of anthracite coal on that stream, will be tion of branch lines near its point of termination, by in use by the spring of 1830.
means of which the trade may be conveniently diffused. In conformity with the act of the last session, Mr. It would be difficult for the Board to fix the localities of Francis W. Rawle, an engineer in the service of the such branch lines, as they must occupy in some degree, board, was instructed to make an accurate survey and the streets of the city, and otherwise interfere with its estimate on both sides of the West Branch, from North-internal regulations. They have regarded it, however, umberland to the mouth of Bald Eagle. His report of as a great advantage attending the present location, that these surveys having been laid before the board at their by keeping the level of the summit between the Schuyl. session in August, and it appearing to their satisfaction, kill and the Delaware, it admits of an easy extension to that the left bank of the river was decidedly preferable, the latter river, through the city or adjoining districts; a portion of canal on that bank, commencing at North- and it is recommended that every facility for such exumberland, and extending upwards to the Muncy Hills, tensions be afforded, either to the corporations of the 23 miles was placed under contract on the 1st of Octo- city and districts, or to associations of individuals formed ber. Since that period the work has been commenced for the purpose. on every section, and within the present week payments While considering this subject, they have been struck will have been made, to the amount of twenty thousand with the importance, in a commercial point of view, of dollars.
a line from the stationary engine near Judge Peters', to As this line presents unusual facilities no doubt is en- some point on the Schuylkil), affording a complete comtertained of its completion within the coming year.
munication with the ocean. As such a line must follow At an early period of the summer, Mr. Clinton, the the west side of the river, the difficulty before suggestengineer of the Juniata division, was instructed to con- ed would not be felt; and, but for want of authority un. tinue that line, from its termination at Lewistown, a fur- der the existing law, the board would be prepared to ther distance of 45 miles. In the preliminary examina. direct its construction. tions necessary for this purpose, a survey was made, as A particular and very extensive examination of the required by law, to determine the practicability of car- Allegheny mountain, with a view to a portage between rying the canal, along the Kishecoquillas valley. At the Juniata and Conemaugh levels, has been made this the meeting in August, Mr. Clinton made a report on season, by Mr. Nathan S. Roberts. A number of prothis subject, and presented to the Board a draft and es-jected routes have received attention, and a vast amount timate of the line selected. He also reported, that the of useful information is embodied in his report. The proposed route along the Kishecoquillas valley was results however, are not so conclusive as to justify a dewholly impracticable. In the month of October last, cision, until some additional investigations shall have contracts were entered into for 45 miles, commencing at been made. Lewistown, and terminating at Smith's Mills, a short dis- Mr. Roberts having accepted employment elsewhere, tance above Huntingdon. On this portion of the canal Moncure Robinson, Esq. an engineer of high reputaoperations have partially commenced, but no payments tion, has been appointed in his place. He will be fur. will be made until the 15th of January next, and its nished with the notes and drafts of Mr. Roberts, and as completion is not looked for before the middle of the early as possible, will commence his enquiries with a
view to the construction of a railway composed of lifts Cantracts have also been entered into, for the exten- and levels, and also of a Mac Adamised road of casy sion of the French creek feeder 10} miles for continu- graduation, between the two Canals. This latter examiing the Western Division from Blairsville up the Cone nation is dictated from a belief that such a turnpike will maugh 27 miles, and for ten miles of the distance be-be found indispensable for the accommodation of tratween Middletown and Columbia, all of which are com- vellers having business on the Canals and Railways, and menced, but no payments have been made for work ex- not from a wish to place it in competition with the first cept a small amount of the feeder line.
named mode of improvement, as a means of transportaEarly last spring, Major Wilson as engineer of the tion for merchandise and produce. Pennsylvania railway, was directed to commence at Co- The surveys authorised by law, for a Rail road from lumbia, and to make an accurate location of the whole "some point on the Schuylkill Canal to Sunbury, Danline from thence to Philadelphia. He was instructed to ville and Catawissa,” and for Canals and Railways be. examine every route which had been proposed to the tween the Lehigh and North Branch by Nescopeck val. Board, or which might be deemed advantageous by the ley and other projected routes, have been ably executed inhabitants of the country through which the improve- by Mr. Robinson; within the present season. For an ment passes. In such a survey much time was necessa- account of operations so extended, embracing the whole rily consumed, and consequently no part of the line has summit between the waters of the Susquehanna and the yet been constructed. At the present session of the Delaware, as far north as the Lackawanna, and brenchBoard, a full and gratifying report has been received ing off into innumerable lateral examinations, recourse from Major Wilson, showing that a railway graduated I must be had to the Report of Mr. Robinson, annexed Vol. II,
hereto. Among other results, it is ascertained, that a French Creek Feeder
76,000 Canal by way of Nescopeck Valley, is entirely practi. From Middletown to Columbia
245,000 cable, althorigh the amount of lockage will prove a se- Conemaugh from Blairsville to Johnstown, 500,000 rious inconvenience. It appears also, that from Cata- Part of Pennsylvania Rail Road,
200,000 wissa, a railway suited to locomotive engines, except at the summit, where stationary power must be employed,
$3,511,000 may be carried, either through Quakake Valley to the It is estimated from the experience of former seasons, Lehigh, by the Schuylkill to Pottsville, or the head of that supposing the utmost activity to be used upon all of Little Schuylkill to its mouth, and that a Railway conve- the lines within the approaching year, at least $700,000 niently adjusted for the use of horse power, may be of the aggregate exhibited by this statement will remain made from Pottsville to Sunbury or Danville. Particu- to be expended in the year 1830, so that the amount lar drafts and estimates of several of these routes, will required for the operations of next year, making full albe forwarded to the Legislature, as soon as they can be lowance for the sums yet to be paid on the Eastern and prepared.
Western Divisions, cannot materially exceed $3,000,000, Agreeably to the law of the last session a further ex- and may probably fall short of that som. Inasmuch, amination of the proposed line of canal from Easton however, as the faith of the Commonwealth is already along the Delaware to Carpenter's Point, has been pledged for the contracts made, it will probably be de. made by Major Douglass, and two estimates have been sirable, that a precise limit should not be fixed, and that furnished; one for a canal of the same dimensions with full scope should be given for the execution of such that below Easton, and the other for a canal of reduced contracts as early as possible. size, as described in the law. The cost of the larger im- That this statement presents a scene of operations of provement is estimated at an average of $13,309 per great extent is readily admitted. But it is equally cer mile, and of the smaller, at $11,678. The last mentioned tain that a vigorous effort for another year, will so resum having fallen below the maximum fixed by the Le- duce its magnitude as to place the success of the whole gislature, à resolution determining the location of the system of internal improvement beyond a reasonable line, has been passed by the board, but no part has been doubt. By the month of August next, 47 miles on the placed under contract.
Juniata, forty-one miles more on the Susquehanna, and At the meeting of the Board in March last, Mr. Ed- twenty-eight miles on the Delaware, will certainly be ward F. Gay, late engineer of the Conestoga navigation, completed, reducing the whole distance to 184 miles, was selected to execute the surveys with a view to ca- By the month of December next, the North and nals and slack water navigation, directed to be made, on West Branch Divisions may be ready for navigation, the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers; his in the Delaware line to Easton will be nearly completed, structions embraced the various modes of improvement and the obligations of the Commonwealth for lines now mentioned in the act of the last session of the Legisla- under contract, will bave been reduced to a sum consiture, and a full report on each of the subjects referred derably short of one million of dollars. to his care, is now presented. The cost of a navigation Upon the view thus presented the Board would proby dams, locks, and ponds adapted to steam boats, pose a system of proceeding, recommended at once by along the Allegheny river, from the mouth of French its extreme simplicity, its tendency to sustain the conficreek to that of Kiskeminetas, (the plan preferred by dence of the public, and the certainty it affords, that Mr. Gay,) is estimated at $923,098 or about $10,000 the whole scheme of the Internal Improvement adopted a mile, for 934 miles. He represents the construction by the state, embracing a complete communication of a canal along the Monongahela, as almost impracti- from Philadelphia to Pittsburg and Lake Erie, and the cable, but the river may be advantageously improved in projected lines along the Susquehanna, its branches, and many places by dams and locks, at an expense of $265,- the Delaware, may be triumphantly executed within a 000. The cost of steam boat navigation from Pittsburgh reasonable period. down the Ohio to Beaver, hy dains and locks, is esti- It is based upon the supposition that the whole exinated at $221,298.
penditure of the present year will be $3,000,000, which At a late period of the present sa Vr 1 im. 1? added to $3,300,000 already borrowed, makes 6,300,000 Hopkins, an engineer recently in the service of the dollars; and also that the income from the Eastern and state of Ohio, was engaged to ascertain the practica- Western Divisions next year will equal the interest of bility of a rail road from the west end of the Ilarrisburg the excess of the canal debt above $6,000,000, at the bridge 10 Chambersburg, and from thence by way of end of that year. Upon these suppositions it is pra Gettysburg to York. His labours in the field are now posed. about completed, and his report, as soon as received,
1. That the revenue at present applicable to the inwill be forwarded to the Legislature.
terest of canal loans be so increased by legislative proIn this sketch of operations within the past year, it visions, as to produce annually the inierest of six milhas been the object of the board to avoid all'unnecessary lions of dollars, independently of all receipts from the detail. For such further particulars as may be desired, canals. reference is made to the numerous documents annexed
2. That all further extensions of the lines of improvehereto.
ment beyond the cost of six millions of dollars, shall be For the sake of brevity, also, they have deemed it ex- ished canal, and shall be limited by the sufficiency of
made by loan, upon the credit of receipts, from the finpedient, to present at a single view, a list of all the contracis, which will claim atiention within the coming
those receipts to discharge the interest of such further
loans. year. As the Eastern and Western Divisions are already šo for completed, that they cannot be the source of in revenue, so as to exceed the interest of the loans, 10
3. That as the finished portions of the canal increase much additional expenditure, after the work already which they are pledged, the excess shall be applied as done shall be paid for, they are left out of the account. The other lines at a liberal estimate will stand as fol- a sinking fund, or as a fund for the making of other ra
luable improvements, not included in the present syslows: Delaware
$520,000 The Board in offering these suggestions desire it to North Branch
330,000 be understood, that they mean not to diminish the exWest Branch
151,000 tent of the system, already adopted, but on the contrary Juniata, (Lower Line)
315,000 that they calculate upon its early and effectual compleDo. (Upper Line)
890,000 tion. They entertain no doubt, ibat the receipts from Susquehanna division, including dam and
canal tolls, within the year 1830, will justify the erbridge over the river
284,000 penditure of three millions that year, if such a sum be
required; and will increase from that time in a ratio whether contracts for repairs done to the works, after it fully equal to the further wants of the commonwealth had been taken off the hands of the original contractor, in executing its system. In proof of this they remark, can be considered as included. A modification of the that during the whole of next season 103 miles of valua- law is therefore asked, which will enable the Board ble canal will be in full operation, that at the commence- prompily to make and pay for such repairs as may be ment of the year 1830, the extent navigable will be required on the lines of the canal. Such lines cannot be 290 miles, and that within the last mentioned year, regarded as completed, until the water has been admitit will be extended to 350 miles, embracing sections ted, and the accidents attending a first trial of their equalled by none other in promise and importance. strength have been remedied. In general these re
They have based their calculations as to the practica- pairs will be made by the acting Commissioner, or Subility and consequences of the plan proposed, upon perintendant, having charge of the next unfinished line. facts which they regard as established, and they look to In one instance, however, it has already occurred, its adoption, or that of some other corresponding in that the acting commissioner could not find time for principle, however different in detail as essential to the this additional duty. The Board have therefore appointpreservation of public confidence, and the ultimate suced a supervisor to take charge of the Western Division cess of the improvements begun.
as far as completed, and to direct the making of all ne. By the report of the Board in December last, the cessary repairs. The same necessity may probably examount of contracts existing, was estimated at about ist in other quarters before the close of the year, and it 2,050,000 dollars, and this amount was soon after in- will be convenient, that such officers have power to ob. creased to 2,350,000 dollars, by additions on the Sus- tain the funds required, immediately from the Treasury. quehanna and Juniata divisions, which included a bridge It is proposed therefore, that all supervisors of the canal across the Susquehanna, an aqueduct over the Juniata, lines, who inay be appointed by the Board, shall give a set of outlet locks, and about four miles of canal. bond to the Commonwealth in the sum of ten thousand
To meet these contracts the means of the Board have dollars, and shall be permitted to draw money to that been
amount under restrictions, and with obligations to ac. 1. The balance then remaining of the
count, similar to those prescribed in the case of Acting appropriation of 1827, about $400,000
Commissioners and Superintendants. 2. Appropriation of 1828
Signed by order of the Board.
DANIEL MONTGOMERY, President. Attest-Jos, M'ILVAINE, Secretary. $2,400,000
Canal Office, Ilarrisburg, Dec. 11th, 1828. Of this sum, however, 150,000 dollars have been diverted to other objects. The expenditures on new lines FROM POULSON'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, subsequently put under contract amount to 110,000, and about 4000 have been drawn from the Treasury sor sur
STATESMEN. veys, damages, expenses of the Board, and other contin. Towards the close of that period of our city history, gent items.
when the State Legislature sat, where it now ought to This statement has been made, to account for the fact, be in session, in the Old State House, on Chesnut street, which has in a different form been communicated to His Excellency, the first Governor, under the new Con. the Legislature, that the appropriation of 1828 is al- stitution, a hero of the revolution; the most popular man ready exhausted, and that the exigencies of the service in the State, and without a competitor before the Peocall for a further and immediate supply. Further par- ple- was observed one day with great interest, by three ticulars, as to the precise objects to which the funds boys, (sitting beneath the shade of a thorn hedge) on have been applied, will appear by the reports of the his return from his, (at the time,) well known superb several acting commissioners and superintendants, an- country mansion near the falls of the Schuylkill. He nexed hereto.
was dressed in full uniform, as commander-in-chief; hol. One or two subjects remain to be presented for con- sters and bear skin, military boots and spurs-mounted sideration.
on his "gallant gray," and moving elegantly and rapidly At the present session of the Board, a statement has along the ridge road, on his way into the city; being folbeen made from a quarter entitled to great respect, that lowed by his black servant, in suitable livery, handsome a comunication between the Pennsylvania Canal, ly mounted, and coming hard after him, at proper milialong the west branch with the river, at a point opposite tary distance. Lewisburg, will be productive of convenience to a large in his walks about the town, and through the market, section of valuable country. The Board appreciate fully on market days, he was usually followed, in the latter the importance of the district, which the arrangement case, by his serving man, yielding, beneath the pressure would accommodate, and they do not hesitate to recom- of an ample basket. Upon the pavement walk, as re. mend the subject to the consideration of the legislature. membered, he stood very erect; dressed as a citizen in What may be the precise cost of such a communication rich apparel such as became a gentleman of his circle; and upon which plan it might most easily be effected, was of the middle size, with a bandsome rotund, but acthey are not at this time prepared to say, but they ap- tive person; evidently with good capon lined;" a hearprehend no serious difficulty upon either point, if an ty claret coloured, or rather ruddy complexion, and a opportunity be given for proper examinations.
keen coal black eye. He moved in a kind of quick In a number of instances the mode of constructing step, and conversed with a brisk and easy sort of elocu. the lines of improvement have already or will hereafter tion, while stopping, with some of the "great ones of produce a large amount of water power, which may be the city” who had encountered him on his way. The disposed of on profitable terms to the Commonwealth, word 'being given, at Fourth street market--" here without injury to the public works. The dam across comes the governor,” would pass along among the vic. the Susquehanna at Shamokin, and the various dams tuallers, from stall to stall. Good morning Mr. Copealong the Conemaugh, Kiskeminetas, and Juniata, are good morning governor-and so onward to Mr. Woelp. prominent examples. At present no available power to per, near Second street, and through Jersey market. – sell or lease such water rights exists in the Board, and Good morning Mr. Sloan—"Good morning-hope thou as the time is approaching, when they may easily be art well to day”-down to the fish women “on the hill." made a source of revenue, the subject is urged upon the At this time, they withstood the "pelting of the piti. attention of the Legislature.
less storm," during the winter season, sheltered only by Under the existing laws, authorising the commission their thick coating cloaks, and warmed only by cups of to make the necessary contracts for the construction of coals, enclosed in small “wooden stoves:"-nevertheless canals, a doubt has arisen in the accounting department, they all vied with cach other, which of them should
have the pleasure of selling to his Excellency, the finest any matter relative thereto, he could speak emphaticalrock fish. Such was the popularity, and personal intiu- ly. ence of the governor, resulting from a well earned fame, that meeting, one day, as if by accident, a tumul
The Senate of Pennsylvania, held their deliberations tuous body of the sailors of the port
, who had agitated in an upper chamber of the State House, Anthony Mor. the city for a day or two, by marching up and down, in ris, Speaker, in the chair, facing the north:-his person helter skelter order of procession, with clubs and co
al appearance from the chair, was that of an amiable lours: they seeking redress, they knew not where (for contemplative placid looking gentleman, dressed fashion wrongs real or imaginary;) and wanting a friend, they ably plain, in a suit of mixed or drab cloth; fair com knew not whom, tinally resolved to march up “to Con- plexion, and light Haxen hair slightly powdered; his gress," then in session at the hall.
imperturbable serenity of countenance,seemingly ilumi
nated by a brilliant pair of silver mounted spectacles. The governor, being apprised of the circumstance; and having selected a suitable elevation on the route, The Representatives' Chamber was in the east wing hailed the ringleaders as they came up, which brought down stairs, designated, since the arrival of La Fayette, the whole posse to a stand still. They knowing him to as "Independent Hall,” George Latimer in the chair
, be somebody, listened attentively to what he said to facing the west. When seated in the chair, and the tathem; and he being equally ready with his tongue, as ble before him, he seemed admirably adapted to the with the sword and pen; and pledging himself to sup- station he so honourably filled, and which he bad the port them, should they call upon him the next morning, honor to fill, by his well formed manly person from his in all just claims in the present instance-he so touched bust upward, and being of the proper height and bulk; their finer feelings, and made such an appeal to their pa. his neck supporting a head and physiognomy of the triotism, that instead of surrounding Congress Hall, as first order; even such an one as is given by Milton, to they had intended to do, they dispersed immediately, our first Parent, in these words: with three cheers for the noble governor.
"His fair large front, and eye sublime, declared The State Secretary, during the forenoon in fair wea- "Absolute rule.". ther, was to be seen occasionally, either on the broad pavement before his office, (then in the State House, Nevertheless, being judged even by his political opup stairs,) or shaded beneath the elms,” then in their ponents, all spake of him as being possessed in a bigb youthful beauty within the square, he walking up and degree of that admirable quality, of "softness in the down, in conversation with others, in his usual easy,
manner but firmness in the purpose" which he exhibithighly polished, gentlemanly way, and “winning golden ed one day with great effect. A new member, fresh opinions from all sorts of people.” He was very con. from his constituents, and highly charged with the polispicuous among the crowd without, by his fine person tical fluid of the day, attempted to introduce personality and noble appearance-his ever ready gracious smile, into the debate. He was on the instant stopped by Mr. and friendly grasp of the hand; by his earnestness of Speaker, and cautioned by him, very gently, to beware; manner, and animated gesture ; observable at times as it would in no case be permitted. The member, while discussing some constitutional limit with the gen- notwithstanding, in a short time afterwards, intimated tlemen of the bar; by his dressed and powdered hair; something like a repetition of his purpose, on which which was so contrived by the Friseur, as to appear Mr. Speaker raised himself upon his feet, and addressed very bushy at the ears, forming a striking contrast with to him certain words of powerful import, in a low, but his glassy black round beaver hat, usually worn by him firm tone of voice, which caused the offending member raking a little on the one side; also by his elegant small to shrink within himself, as a touched terrapin within bob of hair pendant behind, fastened with a riband, and the shell-Mr. Speaker, the mean while, deliberately rolling gracefully, as he turned his head about from preparing with finger and thumb, to regale himself from shoulder to shoulder. Now he was to be seen kissing his open snuff box, with a cool pinch of snuff. his hand in courtesy,' at a somebody across the way; On the floor of the House and from the lobby, the and then, leaning familiarly, with his ungloved hand, first object which arrested the attention of the specta upon the shoulder of some Pennsylvania farmer, and tor, was the venerable appearance of old Mr. Hiltzheilistening attentively to his communication, relative to mer, from South seventh street: he being always among some business he might have in the office of the state the first in his place, and looking towards the door with secretary.
the most profound gravity, through a pair of full moon The person of the first Chief Justice, under the new spectacle glasses; or else reading, and filing away, the constitution, was familiar to every inhabitant, by his ve- daily printed journal which had been just handed him, nerable appearance on the street, calculated to arrest damp from the press. the attention of every passing stranger; his ample cock- The largest man in the House, and probably in the ed hat and powdered wig, curled at the ears, his san- state at the time, was the member from Berks county, guine complexion and energetic look; his dark cinna- Mr. Coolbaugh: a gentleman of high respectability, and mon coloured suit, and splendid ruffles at the knuckles; very popular among his constituents, though sometimes his erect and manly gait, and his golden headed cane designated in the city as the “Dutch Giant,”—but carried by him "trail arms" in his right hand. On his among them all, as the leading master spirit, or "Prosway from his antique palace shaped mansion (then stand- pero” of the assembly; and the most memorable state ing in South Third street,) up Third and up Chesnut politician of the day, was the far-famed (within the street to the Supreme Court, he was observed some boundaries of the state) Doctor Michael Leib. He times to “travel out of the record” passing by Israel was always remarkable, in the house, for his erect posiIsrael's corner, and returning occasionally, a profound tion of crest; his fashionable gentlemanly dress and ad. bow, to the morning salutations of some of the leading dress—his handsome face and ruddy complexion, and politicians of the day, (usually assembled thereabout, his piercing brilliant black eyes, sparkling with intellieven as the Athenians at “Mars Hill,” to see and hear gence, and quickness of thought. He used to be seen of some new thing.) and so onward, as far as Thomas continually in motion somewhere ; either conversing Parker's new regulator, near Cook's buildings, (which with animated gestures, among other members surroundregulator had now eclipsed the ancient fame of the "olding the fire place, addressing himself to the chair, in clock,” standing within the entry of John Wood, watch some energetic speech, exhibiting therein thoughts maker, at the south east corner of Chesnut and Front which glowed, and words wbich burned in the cause of streets,) for the express purpose of comparing, and the People,” as he at all times constantly averred in having his gold watch set, if necessary, to the true days
LANG SYNE. standard time, so that when seated upon the bench in
To the Editors of the New York Gazette. Merchant's Coffee House, in my time kept by Edward
Moyston, and called the City Tavern, where I shall GENTLEMEN,
1,- hand you herewith another commu- leave you for the present, having led you a pretty dance; nication addressed to your respected friend Poulson, of and when you shall have recovered from the fatigue, i Philadelphia, which I hope will appear in your paper. may be induced to accompany you to Kensington, through Yours respectfully,
Fish Town to Point no Point; round to Frankford; pass AN OLD PHILADELPHIAN. up to Sandy Hill, and so on to Bustleton. At the latter
place and neighbourhood, I could relate a good many Mr. Poulson,
anecdotes of our revolution, that happened there, but, Marry come up! I find that the few recollections of we shall not have time to spare, wishing to take a view my favourite city, which were favoured with a place in of the old Baptist meeting house close by, under the my respected friend's paper in this city, have been the charge, for many years, of the Rev. D. Jones. He was means of brushing up the memories of several others. a giant of a man in mind and in person, and a chapI hope they will continue to amuse the good inhabitants lain in the continental army during the war. Now being of Philadelphia; and I promise you, I will not be behird on our return to the city, we must pass round to Chesnut hand in contributing my mite. "Robert Shallow” thinks hill, through Beggar's Town, Germantown and NiceI belong to the Society of Friends-no disparagement, town; and, should we enter Third street, I would show but I do not. He says he could almost name the square you the barracks of the American army; and, after all in which I resided, judging from what I wrote. He this are you of opinion that you “could name the square might as well say, I was an Episcopalian, because I used in which I resided?” to go in the belfry of Christ Church on the usual even- When time, of which I have not much to spare, will ings of ringing. I would often meet there, his old friend permit, I may give a description of the beautiful gardens Billy Wigglesworth; by the by, I knew Billy as well as of Mr. Pemberton, southwest corner of Third and Ches. I did the father, and knowing his propensity for playing nut streets. The treasury department of the United off tricks, I, on one occasion, turned the key on him in States was kept there previous to Congress removing to the lock of the belfry of Christ Church and there he Washington; that of Mr. Norris in Chesnut street where remained until let out by his friend Sermon, who resided you have built the United States' bank, with a descripdirectly opposite the Church.
tion of the famous tavern at the south west corner of No, Mr. Poulson, I can tell him of many matters, and Fourth and Chesnut streets, wbere you also have a bank, things concerning the inhabitants of every part of the and a full account of the Friends' school house oppocity and Northern Liberties.. I could go with him over site, when under the charge of that strict disciplinarian Pool's bridge, visit the residence of Esquire William Friend Todd. Coates, Justice of the Peace, and old Mr. Leib, tanner and currier, and the father of the Doctor. I could pass OPPOSITION TO THE TEA ACT. over with him to Spring Garden, to the old brick house tavern kept more than forty years ago by Barney Jacobs.
A NEW SONG. I could yet run with him out the Ridge Road, visit Tur- To the plaintive tune of Hosier's Ghost. ner's lane, and point out, and name, the ancient owner of every respectable country house. I could dash down
As near beauteous Boston lying and write him an account of the secret memoirs of South.
On the gently swelling flood, wark, Passyunk, and Moyamensing; and, if his breath
Without jack or pendant flying would hold out, pass over Gray's ferry, along the wood
Three ill-fated Tea ships rode: lands; leave the middle ferry to the right, reach the up- Just as glorious Sol was setting, per bridge, and re-cross to Robert Morris' old country
On the wharf a numerous crew, residence, and tell him such things as his young mind Sons of Freedom, fear forgetting, never knew; and, if all this would not content bim, I
Suddenly appear'd in view. would make a trip to Sammy Cooper's ferry, in the Jerseys; and, if he wished it, ride with him down to
Arm’d with hammer, axe and chissels, Woodbury; return via Gloucester Point House, refresh
Weapons new for warlike deed, ourselves with a cheerful glass, and on our way home,
Towards the herbage freighted vessels, point out to him "Wharton's Place," where the champ
They approach'd with dreadful speed. fete was given in honour of Lord Howe, previous to his O’er their heads aloft in mid sky departure from Philadelphia: and, if he was desirous to Three bright Angel forms were seen; hear it, a full description of that famous Mechiazan; and This was HAMPDEN, that was SIDNEY, as he will have accompanied me thus far, perhaps he
With fair LIBERTY between. would have no objections to Darby and Chester, and take dinner at the house formerly kept by Mrs. Withy,
“Soon, they cried, your foes you'll banish, (and who is the Philadelphian, that was ever fond of
Soon the triumph shall be won; good eating, that had not feasted himself at her well
Scarce shall setting Phæbus vanish, spread table)—but how shall we go that distance? A
'Ere the deathless deed be done.” hackney coach, by all means. Plenty of them now-a- Quick as thought the ships were boarded, days. I well remember when Philadelphia could boast
Hatches burst and chests display'd; of but one hackney coach-it was owned and driven by Axes, hammers, help afforded; a man with a wooden leg, his name was Myers; and his What a glorious crash they made! stand was opposite the Conestogo Waggon, in Market street. He might have starved by his business; sure I
Squash into the deep descended am he could not have gained a living by it.
Cursed weed of China's coastIn those days, it was not unfashionable for ladies and
Thus at once our fears were ended: gentlemen to walk. But it is time to leave Chester, and
British rights shall ne'er be lost. go as far as Marcus Hook; jump on board an F.gg-harbor Captains! Once more hoist your streamers, shallop, (no steam boats then) and land at the draw
Spread your sails, and plow the wave! bridge; take a look at the Old Fish House; walk up Tell your masters they were dreamers Spruce street, to Second, and make a low bow at the
When they thought to cheat the Brave. house once occupied by Mrs. Lydia Darrach, a whig of the revolution, who assisted in increasing the census of
BRITANNO-AMERICANUS. the city more than any other lady of her profession.- PHILADELPHIA,
(Pennsylvania Packet. And now, Sir, we will march up Secord street to the January 1st, 1774.