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Almanac and Hand-Book
A VOLUME OF STATISTICAL, OFFICIAL, AGRICULTURAL, HISTORICAL
DISTRICT, NATIONAL AND GENERAL INFORMATION.
PUBLISHED QUARTERLY AT WASHINGTON, D. C., BY THE EVENING STAR NEWSPAPER COMPANY.
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VOL. 4, NO. 1, JANUARY, 1898.
59 Library of Congress..
12 | Parking Commission..
12 | Parks, History of.
13 Personal Property Tax..
11 Property Exempt from Taxa-
7 Reform School, Boys'.
41 Sealer of Weights and Meas-
Secretary to Commissioners.
Sources of District Revenues...
22 Washington Asylum..
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OFFICIAL REGISTER, DIRECTORY AND
The location of the seat of the na- 1 ceived and the members from the tional government was decided upon south and north arrayed themselves by Congress only after acrimonious on sectional lines. The former to a political discussion and long delay. large extent wanted the present site, The boundary lines of the District while the latter were in favor of a were announced by Washington in more northern location. The first 1791, and the history of the ten miles session passed without action, but square, as it was then known, is co- at the second, in 1790, a bill was inincident with that of the city of troduced authorizing
the acquireWashington. After the Continental ment of a tract of land at some place Congress had made the Declaration between the mouths of the Eastern of Independence at Philadelphia the branch and the Connoogocheague for Articles of Federation then adopted the permanent seat of the governprovided that annual sessions of ment of the United States. At this Congress should be held in such time Alexander Hamilton's bill for places as might be determined on funding the war debt of the states from time to time. The Continental was also under consideration, and, as Congress during the period of the most of the money under it was to Revolutionary War held its sessions go to the north, Thomas Jefferson in several cities. In the year 1783 and Alexander Hamilton arranged Congress removed from Philadelphia a compromise between the angry to Princeton, New Jersey, because representatives of the north and of the attempt made by the unpaid south by which both the federal soldiers to overawe that body, the government site measure and the local authorities failing to protect funding bill should pass, it being the dignity of the national legislative decided that the seat of government body. During the next year a reso- should remain at Philadelphia until lution was adopted by Congress pro- 1800, and then be transferred to the viding for the appointment of Com- new site on the Potomac. The act missioners to lay out a site for the determining upon the present site of Federal Capital at the lower falls the nation's capital was passed July of the Delaware. Virginia's repre-7, 1790, and was signed by President sentatives endeavored to have Washington July 16. It authorized Georgetown substituted, but failed. the President to appoint three comThe first Congress under the Consti- missioners to define the boundaries tution met in New York in 1789, and of the District. It was also prothe debate over the selection of a vided that on the first Monday in Desite for the national capital was pro-cember, 1800, all the offices attached longed. The Constitution had dele-to the seat of government should be gated to Congress the power “To removed to the District. President exercise exclusive Legislation in all Washington appointed as commiscases whatsoever, over such District sioners Thomas Johnson and Daniel (not exceeding ten Miles square) as Carroll of Maryland and
David may, by Cession of particular states, Stuart of Virginia, and, March 30, and the Acceptance of Congress, be- 1791, he issued a proclamation defincome the Seat of the Government of ing the boundaries of the District as the United States, and to exercise follows, Congress on March 3 having like Authority over all Places pur- amended the original act so as to chased by the Consent of the Legis- include a section of Virginia helow lature of the State in which the Alexandria: “Beginning at Jones' Same shall be, for the Erection of Point, being the upper cape of HuntForts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock- ing creek in Virginia, and at an anYards, and other needful Build- gle of 45 degrees west of north, and ings:-”
running in a direct line ten miles for When the First Congress met, the first line; then, beginning again therefore, many petitions were re- i at the same Jones' Point and run