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the same place, in a compact state, also in a granulat. ed or crystallized form in the ravines. Native copper, on the Blue Ridge in Washington county ; arsenical grey copper at Pipe creek, eighteen miles from Balti. more, and at Liberty, in Frederick county ; lead ore near Baltimore; manganese in small quantity.

Agate and jasper are found near Baltimore,--the latter in detached masses of a red, brown, and yellow com lour; marble is now worked on the Potomac river, in the county of Montgomery ; limestone, which exists in great quantity, forms a cavern, in Washington county, remarkable for its extent ; Swinestone, or fetid carbonate of lime, is abundant in the Alleghany ridge of mountains ; talc, known by the name of soapstone, on the bare hills near Baltimore; Turkey, or whetstone, on the Patuxent river, near the road to Washington ; clays southward of the granitic ridge ; of coal two beds have been lately discovered near the city of Baltimore.

Forest Trees and Shrubs. The principal forest trees are oak, walnut, ash, hickery, chestnut, magnolia, andromeda, pine, sassafras, poplar, cypress, &c. &c. In Queen Anne and Talbot counties, the soil is of a whitish clay, and is covered with oak and pine. Near the borders of marshes small oak and hickery are the only trees which thrive. The eandleberry myrtle grows in moist places along the shores of the Chesapeak. Along the sea-beach ridges and swamps, and particularly in Worcester county, there grows a wild grape, the fruit of which yields a pleasant wine, in the proportion of four gallons to a bushel.

Animals. The quadrupeds are the same as in Vir.

Fishes.-- The waters abound with various kinds ; rockfish, drum, white and yellow perch, shad, sheeps. head. The rockfish weighs from three to ten pounds, and some have grown to sixty. The soft crabs of the Chesapeak bay are in high estimation. The terrapin, or land tortoise, is eaten, and there is a great plenty of oysters. Among the wildfowl which frequent the Chesapeak bay, the canvas-back duck is the most esteemed.

Population.

Including Blacks. In 1665 it was computed at 16,000 1755

153,564 42,764 negro slaves.

3,592 mulattoes. 1790

319,728 103,036 slaves.

8,043 free blacks. 1800 .

349,692 107,707 slaves.

19,787 free blacks. 1810

380,546 111,502 slaves.

33,927 free blacks.

The increase of whites during the last ten years was 13,119, or 5, ths per cent.; that of blacks 17,735, or 14 per cent.

According to the census of 1810, there were,
Under 16 years of age, 57,102 males. 53,970 females.
Between 16 and 45, 47,943

46,783 Above 45, . . 15,105

14,154 Total, . 120,210 114,907 In point of population, Maryland is the 8th state in the Union.

Diseases.- Near the close of autumn the eastern shore is unhealthy, as is evident from the paleness of its inhabitants ; but those who live in the more elevat. ed and western parts are strong and healthy. The country around Annapolis has never been visited with any endemial disease ; but the yellow fever appeared at Baltimore in the summer and autumn of 1800. In 1811 the author recollects to have seen several individuals who were enjoying full health and vigour beyond the age of fourscore. In June 1816 the death of Mr John Mitchell of Dorchester county was announced, who had lived to the age of 105 years and nine months.

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Bill of mortality for 1814, when the population of Baltimore was

. . . . . 50,000 Deaths, .

1,152 Age under 1 year,

1 to 2,
2 to 5, 70 60 to
5 to 10,

70 to so,
10 to 20, 76 80 to 90,
20 to 30, 179 90 to 100,
30 to 40, 167

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The greatest number of deaths was, in October, 125; the least, in June, 62. The diseases to which the deaths were attributed were, consumption, 225 ; cholera morbus, 102; bilious fever, 113; typhus, 56; other fevers, 7 ; fits 80; old age, 69; pleurisy, 110; still born, 70; worms, 85; dropsy, 36; croup, 25; &c.-(Nile's Register, Vol. VII. p. 353.)

Manners and Political Character. The inhabi. tants, whose chief business is agriculture, live on their plantations. They are distinguished by their agreeable manners, and their kindness and hospitality to the unfortunate of every country. The women are good. looking, amiable, and accomplished. They generally marry about seventeen, and the men about twenty

one. This state, which so strenuously resisted the encroachments of parliament in 1769, and so actively promoted the revolution in 1775, was the last to sign the articles of confederation in 1781; and the federal constitution met with strong opposition from some of the ablest members of the convention, but was finally adopted in April 1788, by a majority of fifty-one. Besides other objections to the articles of confedera. tion, it was maintained, that the immense tract of unappropriated western territory, of which this state own. ed no portion, ought to be considered as the common property of the union, not of particular states, and should be reserved as a fund for the redemption of the national debt. In the defence of Baltimore during the late war, the militia manifested great firmness, and the people have since evinced their patriotism by raising 100,000 dollars towards the erection of two monuments, the one to the memory of General Washing. ton, the other in honour of those who fell in defence of the city, at North Point, on the 12th of September 1814. The first is also to serve as a land-mark for vessels coming up the Patapsco. The expence has been estimated at half a million of dollars ; that of the other at fifty thousand.

This province formed a part of Virginia until the year 1632, when it was detached from it at the solici. tation of George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, who, after several years' residence in the province of Newfoundland, obtained a grant of this province as an asylum for the persecuted Catholics of his native country; but, as he died before the delivery of the charter, it was vest

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country around Annapolis has never been visited with any endemial disease ; but the yellow fever appeared at Baltimore in the summer and autumn of 1800. In 1811 the author recollects to have seen several individuals who were enjoying full health and vigour beyond the age of fourscore. In June 1816 the death of Mr John Mitchell of Dorchester county was announced, who had lived to the age of 105 years and nine months.

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Bill of mortality for 1814, when the population of Baltimore was

. . . . . 50,000 Deaths, .

1,152 Age under 1 year,

40 to 1 to 2,

50 to 2 to 5,

60 to 70, 29 5 to 10,

70 to 80, 10 to 20, 76 80 to 90, 20 to 30, 179 90 to 100, 30 to 40, 167

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The greatest number of deaths was, in October, 125 ; the least, in June, 62. The diseases to which the deaths were attributed were, consumption, 225; cholera morbus, 102; bilious fever, 113; typhus, 56; other fevers, 7; fits 80; old age, 69; pleurisy, 110 ; still born, 70; worms, 85; dropsy, 36; croup, 25; &c.—(Nile's Register, Vol. VII. p. 353.)

Manners and Political Character. The inhabitants, whose chief business is agriculture, live on their plantations. They are distinguished by their agree. able manners, and their kindness and hospitality to the unfortunate of every country. The women are good. looking, amiable, and accomplished. They generally marry about seventeen, and the men about twenty:

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