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Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1829
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intersected by the opening of Lombard-street,) and
the inhabitants, become about 5000 in number, were
frequently threatened, but not attacked by the Bri-
tish, in the war of independence. During that war,
the citizens of Baltimore exhibited their patriotism
not only in forming companies of horse and foot, who
were in active duty, but in contributing (o relieve
those who were reduced from want of trade; but, not-
withstanding, the population increased rapidly, and
before the peace, a custom-house was opened; upon
which event the paving and lighting streets com-
menced. Refugees from St. Domingo and emigrants
from Europe, had so multiplied the wants of a local
government, that the city was incorporated in 1796.
The first Bank of the United States opened a branch
in this city, in 1792, but the State had incorporated
a company in 1790, by the name of the Bank of Ma-
The Falls water was brought in pipes through the
city, and the Turnpike roads were authorised by law
in 1804, and the Maryland Penitentiary in 1807.
The war of 1812 was more afflictive on Baltimore,
in its consequences, than the former; but though the
British interrupted the trade, they were unable to re-
duce the fort, which was partly made in the war of
1776, and completed in 1796, and on the return of
peace, when the number of inhabitants amounted to
about 60,000, including the precincts then added, a
court of criminal jurisdiction was established, sepa-
rate from the county, and the present Exchange build-
ing was erected, the population, as it is now suppos-
ed being near 80,000.
More particulars would not be expected in a work
of this kind, which, however, may be found at the end
of it, in the Annals of Baltimore, by Mr. Griffith, and
other appropriate works.

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