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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1842,
By George WATTERSTON, In the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District
PETER FORCE, PRINTER, CORNER OF TENTII & D STREETS.
The first edition of this work appeared in 1840, and, though got up in haste, and consequently imperfect, it was found to be popular. The want of such a guide to our city had long been felt, and the author having been from childhood an inhabitant of Washington, was induced to undertake it, from his intimate acquaintance with all its localities, improvements, progress, public and private institutions, and whatever concerned it. Much, however, from the haste with which it was prepared, was necessarily omitted, and to supply this deficiency a new edition is now issued.
The present is almost a new work. The former edition did not contain one-third of the matter which this volume embraces. It has been greatly enlarged; every thing of a temporary character has been thrown out, and that only which may be considered as perma