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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

MAP,

FRONTISPIECE.

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GEOLOGICAL MAP,
SOUTH AND WEST FRONTS OF THE TREASURY,
PATENT OFFICE,
Post OFFICE,
CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES,
CAPITAL OF A COLUMN IN THE CAPITOL,
GROUND PLAN OF THE CAPITOL,
APEX OF THE DOME OF THE CAPITOL,
NORTH-EASTERN PEDIMENT OF THE CAPITOL,
SECTIONAL VIEW OF THE DOME OF THE CAPITOL,
WASHINGTON Navy YARD,
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION,

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EDITOR'S PREFACE.

THERE are two exigencies in authorship equally perplexing: one is, the absence of a theme when composition is

necessary; the other, the presence of a theme which must be condensed within certain limits. Comparatively exhaustive as, it is hoped, the following pages will be found, the things of which they treat require much more extensive elaboration. Nowhere, probably, can there be found so small a territory embracing as many objects of interest as are contained in the District of Columbia; and yet the citizens of the United States have but a faint conception of the value of the seat of government, and foreign nations still cling to the belief that the distances between the public buildings exceed their magnificence.

The critics must decide the literary merits of this work; but we respectfully submit that, in accuracy of statement, it is to be relied upon; because none but acknowledged literary and scientific authorities have been consulted, and those have been carefully compared.

Great pains have been bestowed upon the classifica

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