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are four quadrangular turrets six stories high, with obelisk roofs.
There are two wings each 60 by 40 feet. On the whole, the
College presents a most imposing appearance.

The reader will please to observe that there are some build-
ings intended for mercantile and manufacturing purposes, which
remain yet to be described, and which are highly deserving of
notice. But, as we have devoted the two following chapters to
the consideration of all topics which relate to commerce and
manufactures, we have, (to avoid repetition and to conform with
the plan we have marked out,) deferred a description of the said
buildings until we come to treat of those subjects with which they
are more immediately connected.

Chapter VIII.—Manufactures.

Before we commence on this division of our subject, ft seems
to be a kind of necessity to make some allusion to the difficulties
we have encountered in obtaining the requisite information, and
to offer some apology for what we may have failed to accomplish.
It was our particular wish to make this department of our work,
as far as the nature of things would permit, perfect; and certainly
we have spared no pains for the attainment of that object. For
our original and chief design was to afford a lair and perspicuous
view of the resources of our city, of which resources, the manu-
factures assuredly form a very material part. To this point we
have probably devoted more care and attention than any persons
who have preceded us in similar undertaking, and we should
wrong ourselves to hint that our labors have been wholly ineffec-
tual. We do not, however, pause to congratulate ourselves on
what has been done; but we rather lament that we have fallen
short of our wishes and expectations. The sources from which
we were compelled to derive our knowledge of facts, appeared
sometimes to be unaccountably reluctant in affording us the de-
sired information; and, in a few instances, our enquiries were
met by decided refusals. On the contrary, numbers of persons
seemed to favor our design, with a liberality which did honor to
their heads and hearts. To this cause, namely, the difficulty,
(we may say the impossibility.) of obtaining correct information,
may be attributed most of those deficiencies which we fear are to
be discovered in this sketch of the manufactures of Baltimore.

But, as it was totally out of our power to be diffusive, in a
work so circumscribed in limits as the present, it must be evident
that those manufactures which are not of a rare or extensive na-
ture could not receive any thing more, at farthest, than a casual
notice in this treatise. We suggest this fact, that no person may
conceive himself slighted by an omission which circumstances
rendered unavoidable. Having premised this much, we now pro.


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