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matter, alternately overflowed and exposed to the rays of the sun.
The improvements about Harris's creek may be regarded as
having similar effects in that neighborhood. Thus, the causes
which might formerly affect, in some measure, the health of Bal-
timore, having been completely removed, we are enabled to make
the assertion, with confidence, that in the enjoyment of the great-
est of earthly blessings we arc not surpassed by any other city in
the Union.

Chapter IV.—Privileges of the Corporation, City
Government, &c.

Baltimore sends annually four delegates to the lower branch
of the State Legislature; the city and county send two represen-
tatives to the Congress of the United States. The City is go-
verned by a Mayor and City Council, the latter in two branches.
The Mayor and the Second Branch of the City Council are
elected by the people every two years; the First Branch is elected
annually. The Mayor is required to be at least twenty-five years
of age, ten years a citizen of the United States, and to possess
property to the amount of $500. The members of the Second
Branch of the Council must have the same property qualification,
and the members of the First Branch must be assessed to the
amount of $300 each.

The Mayor and City Council have the right of passing all
ordinances whose operations are immediately confined to the
city; such as those for lighting and paving the streets, licensing
hacks, carls and drays, to provide for the .security of the City
from fire, contagion, &c. and to regulate the police.

The City is divided into twelve wards; each of which wards
sends two members to the First Branch, and one to the Second
Branch of the City Council. The following is a list of the muni-
cipal offices, with their present incumbents and their respective





Samuel Smith,

$ 2,000


Jesse Hunt,


City Attorney,

George Gordon Belt,


Collector of Taxes,

Samuel Brady,


City Commissioners and

Wm. Robinson, Js. Cur-


Port Wardens,

ley, & Jacob D. Hair,

Clerk to do.

—— Varden.


Consulting Physician,

Jno. H. Briscoe.



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