Picture of Philadelphia, Or, A Brief Account of the Various Institutions and Public Objects in this Metropolis: Being a Complete Guide for Strangers

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E.L. Carey and A. Hart, 1835 - Philadelphia (Pa.) - 288 pages
 

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Page 70 - April, 1775, was the day of founding the Pennsylvania society for promoting the abolition of slavery, the relief of free negroes unlawfully held in bondage, and for improving the condition of the African race.
Page 116 - The object of this institution is, as stated in its constitution, " the promotion and encouragement of manufactures, and the mechanic and useful arts, by the establishment of popular lectures on the sciences connected with them ; by the formation of a cabinet of models and minerals, and a library ; by offering premiums on all subjects deemed worthy of encouragement ; by examining all new inventions submitted to them ) and by such other means as they may judge expedient." The constitution was adopted...
Page 72 - ... such young married artificers under the age of twentyfive years as have served an apprenticeship in the said town, and faithfully fulfilled the duties required in their indentures, so as to obtain a good moral character from at least two respectable citizens, who are willing to become their sureties...
Page 137 - ... previously mentioned, is the door-way, containing two doors ; one of lattice work, or grating, to admit the air and secure the prisoner ; the other composed of planks to exclude the air, if required; this door leads to a yard, 18 feet by 8, the walls of which are 11^ feet in height, attached to each cell.
Page 80 - ... desks, which are placed within the intercolumniations. These columns are of the Greek Ionic order, with a full entablature and blocking course, on which the great central and lateral arches are supported: the central arch, being semi-cylindrical, is...
Page 82 - The banking room is amply warmed by two castiron furnaces, lined with fire-brick, being simply erected within an airchamber, through which the external atmosphere passes and becomes heated by the furnace, it then rises through the arch into a circular cast-iron pedestal, perforated on the sides, out of which it is suffered to escape into the room. The whole body of the building is arched in a bombproof manner from the cellar to the roof, which is covered with copper. All the groin arches are girdled...
Page 138 - This Penitentiary is the only edifice in this country which is calculated to convey to our citizens the external appearance of those magnificent and picturesque castles of the middle ages, which contribute so eminently to embellish the scenery of Europe.
Page 104 - The library of the society consists of about 6000 volumes, of which a scientific catalogue has been recently printed, and is exceedingly valuable. The collection of the Transactions of foreign Academies is undoubtedly the most complete in this country. The society have also a collection of objects of natural history, consisting principally of minerals and fossil remains. The meetings of the society are held on the first and third Fridays of every month, from October to May, both inclusive ; and on...
Page 83 - The banking-house is a plain brick building, rough-cast, on the north side of Chestnut street, between Third and Fourth streets. The discount days are Mondays and Thursdays. President, Henry Nixon; Cashier, Henry Hollingsworth. 3. Bank of Pennsylvania, Incorporated in 1793, for twenty years. In 1810 the charter was renewed for twenty-one years. The capital stock is 2,500,000 dollars, of which the state holds to the amount of 1,500,000 dollars. Branches of this bank have been established at Lancaster...
Page 124 - In the former case, the matter in controversy in civil suits mustbe of the value of five hundred dollars and upwards, and one of the parties must be a citizen of another state or of a foreign country. The proceedings are either at common law or by the course of chancery. This court has also original criminal jurisdiction of offences against the laws of the United States, or the laws of nations . Suits may also be brought by appeal and writ of error into the Circuit Court from the District Court....

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