Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER III.
JOURNALISM IN 1828.

OLD GEORGETOWN--THE UNION TAVERN--A NATAL AFRICAN SALUTE-- PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON--MAJOR L'ENFANT--NEWSPAPER ORGANS--THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER--THE NATIONAL JOURNAL --MATTHEW L. DAVIS--JAMES GORDON BENNETT--MORDECAI M. NOAH --OTHER WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENTS--A NOTABLE BRITON--GAM- BLING HOUSES--SENATORIAL CARD-PLAYING--SOCIAL GAMES OF WHIST.

GEORGETOWN, now called "West Washington," was originally laid out as a town in 1751, and settled by the Scotch agents of English mercantile houses, whose vessels came annually to its wharves. They brought valuable freights of hardware, dry goods, and wines, and they carried back tobacco, raised in the surrounding country, and furs, brought down the Potomac by Indian traders. There were also lines of brigs and schooners running to New York, Boston, Salem, Newburyport, and the West Indies. Two principal articles of import were sugar and molasses, which were sold at auction on the wharves. Business in these staples has been entirely superseded by the coal and flour trade.

The main street of Georgetown was generally filled every week-day with the lumbering Conestoga six-horse wagons, in which the farmers of Maryland and Central Pennsylvania brought loads of wheat and of corn, taking back dry goods, groceries, salt, and, during the fishing season, fresh shad and herring. Another source

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