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Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1829
Volume 524, Preface 30   View pdf image (33K)
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The Parish Church of St. Paul, in Patapsco Neck,
was discontinued, and a new one directed to be built
in the new town In 1731, and stood very near the
site of the present church of that name, having been
twice rebuilt.

Next year, a part of the same tract of land, divid-
ed on the west, from the former, by the stream call-
ed Jones's Falls, was laid out for another town, by
the name of Jones's town, which was long called Old
Town, but united in 1745, with the first town, by a
bridge where Gay-street bridge now is, and by act
of Assembly, which also secured to settlers the pro-
perty in grounds made into the water.

In the year 1751, a subscription was got up for
building a market-house, in which is found, besides
the names of some of the commissioners, those of
Messrs. Sheredine, Harrisson, Philpot, Lyon, Chase,
Gay, Lawson, Rogers, Sleigh, Randall and Lux, and
the market first erected was at the north-west corner
of Baltimore and Gay-streets. About the same time
a public lottery was drawn to defray the cost of a
wharf at the south end of CalVert-street, near which
was erected a tobacco inspection house. In 1763,
Fell's Point on the east of the first addition and the
intermediate grounds were added to the town, and it
was extended on the west and south of the first town,
by the Messrs. Howards in 1765 and 1782. In 1768,
the justices of the county were authorised to transfer
the seat of justice from Joppa, on Gunpowder river,
to the town, and until the first court-house was erect-
ed, where the Baltimore Monument now stands, the
courts met over the market, where also town meet-
ings and assemblies were held. The first fire com-
pany, called the Mechanical Company, was formed
the next year.

Great fears were excited in the town by the en-
croachment of the Indians in the war of 1756, when
a number of French neutrals arrived from Nova Sco-
tis, (who principally settled towards the south end of
Charles and Light-streets, called French town, now


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