A History of the National Capital from Its Foundation Through the Period of the Adoption of the Organic Act, Volume 2

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Macmillan, 1916 - Washington (D.C.)
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Page 151 - As this is a departure, for a special purpose, from the general principles of our system, it may merit consideration whether an arrangement better adapted to the principles of our government, and to the particular interests of the people, may not be devised, which will neither infringe the constitution, nor affect the object which the provision in question was intended to secure.
Page 713 - This book consists of eighteen hitherto unpublished narratives, some written originally in English, others being translations from the French or German. They give accounts of travel on the Atlantic slope from Savannah to Albany ; from Albany to Niagara Falls, Quebec, Hartford, and Boston ; through the Great Lakes from Detroit to Chicago ; up the Mississippi from New Orleans to St. Louis ; down the Ohio and the Mississippi from Pittsburgh to New Orleans ; up the Tennessee ; through the country of...
Page 515 - There is an unwillingness on the part of our people, harsh as it may be, for you free colored people to remain with us.
Page 49 - ... a rolling ball of burnished gold, carried with swiftness through the air by two gilt wings. Our anxiety increased the nearer it approached, until it actually stopped before the door ; and from it alighted, weighted with gold lace, the French Minister and suite. We now also perceived that what we had supposed to be wings, were nothing more than gorgeous footmen with chapeaux bras, gilt braided skirts and splendid swords. Nothing ever was witnessed in Washington so brilliant and dazzling...
Page 578 - Assembly shall at all times be subject to repeal or modification by the Congress of the United States, and nothing herein shall be construed to deprive Congress of the power of legislation over said District in as ample manner as if this Act had not been enacted...
Page 591 - Washington is not a nice place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting, the mud is deep, and the morals are deplorable.
Page 470 - I seem like one sitting in a palace assigning apartments to importunate applicants, while the structure is on fire and likely soon to perish in ashes.
Page 600 - It was while under a congressional investigation in 1872, that he said that "he concluded that the Board of Public Works had been created for something or nothing, and if for anything, it was to devise and carry out as rapidly as possible some system of improvements, in order, that in this respect the Capital of the nation might not remain a quarter of a century behind the times.
Page 319 - ... the President of the United States, upon application of the corporation of the said city, shall deem necessary for the public convenience, and direct to be done ; and he shall defray the expenses thereof out of any money arising, or which shall have arisen, from the sale of lots in the city of Washington, belonging, or which may have belonged to the United States, and from no other fund.

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