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Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1847-48
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WE have in several preceding editions of the Director,
given sketches of the city and its history, we will now give
a view of the early history, and of the late, as far as is ex-
pedient, premising that the city of Baltimore is situated on
an arm of the Patapsco river, 39° 20' north latitude, about
two hundred miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake bay,
a bay unrivalled the world over for its various products and
superior harbors. Few cities present so central a position.
It is found, on comparing distances, that Baltimore is 14
miles nearer Columbia, Pa., than Philadelphia, and 58 miles
nearer Buffalo, N. York, than the city of New York itself,
while its proximity to the south and southwestern states,
is daily adding to its trade and commerce.
Through the politeness of the present worthy city Regis-
ter, Doctor J. J. Graves, we have been permitted to exa-
mine the first record book of the city ; it is a plain manu-
script book, containing about two quires of foolscap paper,
bound in parchment; in it are the entries for both Baltimore
and Jones's Town, for several years ; the records of the first
we had purposed giving entire, but want of room would not
allow; the extracts we have made we think will be accept-
able to many of our patrons. We retain the spelling, &c.
The Act of the Legislature of 1729 appointed Commis-
sioners to buy the land and lay out a town. We apprehend
that if the same thing were to be done now, there would be
more hurry to get the sixty lots than there appeared, even
up to 1747, only 29 years prior to the revolution.
December 1st, 1739.
On Monday the first day of Deer. 1729, the following
Commissioners, viz. Messrs. Richard Gist, William Hamil-
ton, George Buchanan, George Walker,
Being four of the seven Commissioners appointed by Act of
Assembly for agreeing with Chas, Carroll and Danl. Caroll,
esqrs. about the price and purchase of sixty acres of land,
to be erected into a town called Baltemore Town, and the

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