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ASTOR, LENOX AND
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1842,
By GEORGE WATTERSTON, In the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District
PETER FORCE, PRINTER,
CORNER OF TENTII & D STREETS.
THE first edition of this work appeared in 1840, and, though got up in haste, and consequently imperfect, it was found to be popular. The want of such a guide to our city had long been felt, and the author having been from childhood an inhabitant of Washington, was induced to undertake it, from his intimate acquaintance with all its localities, improvements, progress, public and private institutions, and whatever concerned it. Much, however, from the haste with which it was prepared, was necessarily omitted, and to supply this deficiency a new edition is now issued.
The present is almost a new work. The former edition did not contain one-third of the matter which this volume embraces. It has been greatly enlarged; every thing of a temporary character has been thrown out, and that only which may be considered as perma
The Metropolis must necessarily be an object of great interest to every American, whether a resident or not; and he cannot but feel anxious to know every thing that belongs to it. The information, therefore, which the author has endeavored to furnish, is as full, minute and accurate in relation to it, both as a city and as the seat of the Federal Government, as could be given, or perhaps desired; and the work will not only serve as a complete guide to all who visit Washington, but make the reader at a distance well acquainted with the history, topography, condition of, and every thing of interest in the National Metropolis. It will be of great use to the stranger, by directing his attention to the principal objects of curiosity and interest to be found in Washington, and guiding him from place to place, with a knowledge of its localities.
The author acknowledges his obligation to Mr. Robert Mills, Architect of the Public Buildings, and to Mr. Peter Force, for the information he has derived from them, and which he has embodied in this little volume.