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Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1837
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is situated on the Falls, near Baltimore street, is moved by a
steam engine and is capable of performing a vast quantity oi'
work. The proprietor is Henry Bayley.

Iron Works.—There are a number of artificers in Baltimore
who manufacture various kinds of iron work, with surpassing in-
genuity and skill. Mr. Martin Mettee, in President street, near
Pratt, is the patentee of those admirable pump irons, &c. which
render the public watering places of Baltimore so vastly superior
to any, (as we believe,) to be met with elsewhere. The excel-
lence of these pump irons has been so well established, that their
use bids fair to become general in this city, and, (if prejudice
would allow it,) in every other city where they could be brought
to the test of experiment. Mr. Meltee also manufactures fancy
grates, railings, and tire proof doors. George Gillingham, in
Gillingham Alley makes iron machinery of all kinds, rail road car
wheels, &,c. Besides these, there are many smiths, whose profi-
ciency in the art deserves the highest commendation, but to this,
as well as to many other branches of industry we are compelled
to be unjust, (if the term will apply to us in such a case,) for want
of room to particularise the merits of the different artists.

Iron Founderies.—Manufactories of cast iron articles, are met
with in difierent parts of the city. Within a few years past seve-
ral stove factories have been established among us; viz. The
factory of Joseph Simms, denominated Baltimore Stove Factory,
corner of Light and Lombard Sts, John Gable, 45 Light st- and
Oliver Parker, No. 45, S. Calvert st. See steam engine factories.

Mills in General.—Of the immense water power in and near
Baltimore we have previously given a hint; but not to let the
matter rest wholly on our own authority, we quote the following
observations, which, we think, will be sufficient to place the fact
beyond a doubt. Mr Trimble, formerly a member of Congress
from Kentucky, in a speech; on a certain occasion, gave it as his
opinion, "that there is no equal space of ground in the Union,
that has so much natural water power, united with so many local
facilities, as the circle around Baltimore of thirty miles radius."
The late General Harper, who had carefully examined the sub-
ject, says on a like occasion, "that a circle of twenty miles radius,
of which, Baltimore is the centre, contains water power sufficient
to put in motion from 1,000,000 to 1,200,000 spindles, with a
corresponding number of looms, and all the machinery necessary
for their repair and complete operation." The extent of this
advantage will be better understood when the reader has become
acquainted with the number of mills. &c. placed on the different
streams in our neighborhood. This information we will endeavor
to convey in the following table, which we do not promise will be
altogether complete; as some new works have undoubtedly arisen,
since the topographical survey from which we have derived our
information on this sublet.


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