Mercury 71 Wall
Mirror 1 Barclay
Observer 142 Nassau
Sabbaih School Monitor 9 Spruce
Spectator 46 Pine c William
Sunday School Journal 152 Nassau
Sunday Morning News 1|- Ann
Times and Com. Intelligencer 45 William
Transcript 90 Nassau
Weekly Messenger 9 Spruce
Naw- Yorker Staats Zeitung 7 Frankfort
New-Yorker i Ann
Noticioso de Ambos Mundos 49 Liberty
Penny Magazine and Cyclopedia 102 Broadway
Protestant Vindicator & Downfall of Babylon 142 Nassau
Rail-road Journal 120 Nassau
Sailors' Magazine and Naval Journal 16 Burling-slip
Shipping Com. List and Price Current 6 Tontine
Sunday Morning Atlas
Sunday Morning Visiter
Sunday Packet and Examiner
Sunday School Visiter
Sylvester's New Reporter, Counterfeit
Detector, Bank Note Table and
New York Prices Current
Zion's Watchman, weekly
156 Nassauc. Spruce
The quantity of lands ceded by the states
and territories to the United States is
estimated at 319,536,232 acres
Up to Sept. 30, 1838, the sales amounted
to 77,134,821 dols.
The surveyed land unsold at the same
time amounted to 213,668,401 acres
The public lands beyond the states
and territories estimated at 750,000,000 acres
To the new states have been ceded for
Common Schools,* Colleges, &c 12,690,338 acres
And to these new states have been paid a
per centage on land sold 3,967,521 dols
* Common inueed.
A New-York Milk Cart: — an offensive, rattling noisy
four-wheeled vehicle — a particular nuisance in desecrating
the Sabbath dav, when it is employed in distributing "pure
milk" at the dwelling houses of many zealous and uncompro-
mising advocates for the suppression of Sunday Mail*.
New- York, July 29, 183S>.
To his Patrons, those who purchase the work, the Editor of
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In the publication of the work, no one can be more deeply
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to execute his annual task in a manner perfectly satisfactory to
the public : and to this he is prompted by considerations of his
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impel him to exert himself to the utmost ; he thinks, that the
diligence with which he has laboured in his vocation could
scarcely be exceeded. Perhaps the Book might have been pub-
lished some four or five days earlier, were there no obstacles in
a. Printing-office, — but the difficulties in the business, propheti-
cally denominated the " Black Art," are beyond his control.
But few people are aware that the entire volume, each year,'is
the work of renewed labour ; that each line is the result of
actual new collection, of new compilation, and of renewed
The entire compilation of the work is performed by the Editor
himself, the present constituting the thirty-third volume of his
The number of names in the present volume does not offer
comparative data for an estimate of the probable increase of
population in the city ; though it contains some thirty-nine thou-
sand names, — yet, had the canvas been made with the same de-
gree of minuteness as was formerly exercised, especially in the
suburbs, the number would probably far exceed forty thousand.
The compilation and execution of the work some ten years a#Q
was then arduous and difficult ; but, a,' a j| aP fiesent magnitude, it
has become a laborious task, — vexation' n its operations, unsatis-
factory in its results ; if the present edition, consisting of eonae
tiv'O or three and twenty hundred copies, cannot be entirely dis-
posed of in this great commercial metropolis, this city of theatres
and of charitable societies, it cannot be expected that the pub-
lisher will have much appetite for a return of his task, without
a more determined regard for his own welfare and interest in the
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ample fortunes, daily resort to the use of a borrowed Directory;
escaping the purchase of the book by the most paltry subter-
fuges, and enduring a pitiful dependence upon the charity of the
publisher; — his " position" is singular, the rich and the poor
being the eleemosynary recipients of his beneficence throughout
the year: — but it is a benificeuce for which he covets no com-
mendation, inasmuch as it is accorded greatly against his will :
a revelation of facts, upon this subject, would be personally of-
fensive in proportion to the truth ; he therefore abstains from
The numbering of the houses in Avenue 3d has been changed
since the printing of the work.
The number of new names contained in the present, and not
found in the preceding volume, is about nine thousand five hun-
dred — the number of removals and alterations considerably ex-
ceeds eleven thousand ; and the entire number of names in the
book is about thirty-eight thousand eight hundred, being about
one thousand seven hundred more than was contained in the
volume of last year.
It is characteristic of the present day that every man, however
uninformed he may be, arrogates the right to form and express a
dogmatic opinion upon all subjects; it is therefore no way sur-
prising that so much error prevails in relation to this book and
the facts connected with its publication. If not presumptuous
the Editor would venture to express his opinion sincerely enter-
tained, that no book published in the United States is in fact so
cheap, that none so richly merits the price charged, as the New-
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hopes that the present volume will prove sufficiently accurate to
secure to him not only their continued support, but also their kind
&> - .
Continued from 1838-1839.
TO* The following articles for 1831 and 1832 were omitted in their
1831 May 4 Calamitous fire in Broad street, Boston, in which John
Murphv, his wife and three children perished.
May 5 The American Lyceum formed and a constitution adopted
by a convention of delegates assembled at New- York from
various states of the Union.
May 5 Violent hurricane on Lake St. Francis, in the river St.
May 7 Severe hail storm in Mason county, Kentucky.
May 8 Violent hurricane near Anderson village, S.C. in which
houses were blown down, trees torn up by the roots, and rails
and furniture blown to a great distance.
May 9 Furious snow storm in the western part of N. York, that
lasted all day, and in some places left 10 or 12 inches on a level.
May 11 Smith, the robber of the City Bank, put upon his trial,
convicted and sentenced to the State Prison for five years.
May 13 An acrimonious correspondence commenced between
the President and Vice President, respecting the course of the
latter in the deliberations of the cabinet of Mr. Monroe, on the
occurrences in the Seminole war.
May (say) 13 Insurrection of the negroes in St. Jago de Cuba,
quelled after a severe action in which from 2000 to 4000 of them
were said to have fallen.
May 13 The Coosa and Huntress, steamboats plying the Missis-
sippi, came in contact in the night with such force that the for-
mer was stove in pieces, sunk, and 13 persons drowned.
May 22 I. M. Montaya, charge des affairs from Mexico, arrived
at New-York in the ship Lavinia from Vera Cruz.
May 25 Destructive hail storm in South Carolina.
May 29 Fire at Utica, N.Y. in which eight buildings were con-
sumed, and damage estimated at 6000 dollars.
May 30 Violent hail storm at Portland, Me. whereby 20,460
panes of window-glass were broken.
June 1 Extreme hot weather for the season, commencing on the
29th May and continuing to the 4th inst. On this day (the 1st)
the thermometer at Philadelphia stood at 97^ and at Albany 95
degrees of Farenheit.
June 7 The steamboat General Jackson blown up and sunk by
the collapse of her boiler, while landing passengers at Grassy
Point dock, in Haverstraw Bay on the Hudson, by which several
were killed and wounded.
June 11 Violent storm of wind, hail and rain in the neighbour 1
hood of Peru, N.York, and other places on the shores of Lake
1831 June — Gen. Fuenta, Vice President of Bolivia, deposed by the
order of , took shelter on board the U. S. ship St. Louis,
of 18 guns, Capt. Sloat.
June — The Chamber of Assembly of Lower Canada made an
appropriation, for the first time, for giving themselves pay for
June (16) Great scarcity of grain in the upper counties of Ten-
nessee, many of the poorer classes having suffered for the want
of bread until publicly relieved.
June 18 Destructive fire at Cincinnati, Ohio.
June 18 Violent hurricane at Montreal, Canada, which lasted 10
minutes, unroofed the Catholic Parish Church and drove all the
vessels in the harbour from their moorings.
June 19 The Sac and Fox Indians, at Rock Island, indicated
hostilities against the United SUtes.
June 19 The Sea Serpent made his re-appearance off Boothbay, Me.
June 22 Roger B. Taney, of Maryland, appointed Attorney Ge-
neral of the United States, vice John M. Berrien, resigned.
June 25 Destructive gale in Jamaica and the neighbouring West
June 30 Destructive freshet in the vicinity of Chambersburg, Va.
July 7 Rev. Samuel A. AVorcester and Dr. Elizur Butler, mis-
sionaries to the Cherokees, arrested and imprisoned by order of
the Governor of Georgia.
July (9) Lewis Cass, of Michigan, -appointed Secretary at War.
July 14 Revolt of the troops in Rio de Janeiro.
July 16 The butchers in Philadelphia abandoned the market in a
body, in consequence of the privileges allowed to the countrymen.
July 20 Violent hurricane at the Cape of Good Hope, by which
property was destroyed estimated at £ 40,000 sterling.
July 27 Fire at St. Andrews, N. S. by which several buildings
were destroyed, and damage sustained amounting to £1100.
August 3 Dreadful hurricane and inundation at Maysville, Ky.
August 3~ Alfred H. Powell, a distinguished lawyer, died at
Winchester, Va. aged 50.
August 15 Mary Fredericks, a negress, died at Baltimore, Md.
August 15 The U. S. schooner Sylph, Lieut. Robinson, foun-
dered at sea, and all on board (15) perished.
August 17 Violent storm and inundation in the southern states.
August 18 The Americanschr. Superiorseized atPt. Louis, Faulk,
land Islands, by Vernet, the Governor, and the crew imprisoned.
August 21 Fire in Shippen-street, Philadelphia.
August 29 Dreadful storm at Woodville, Miss.
Sept. 6. Win. Jones, ex-Sec. of the Navy, died at Bethlehem, Pa.
Sept. 14 Insurrection of the troops at Pernambuco, who, after
three days unrestrained plunder of the city and getting about
$400,000 of property, were overpowered by the inhabitants.
Sept. 21 Serious riot at Providence, R. I. which, after three days
continuance, was dispersed by firing upon the mob, whereby 5
were killed and 4 wounded.
Sept. 24 Anna Steel died at Bethlehem, Con. aged 100.
Sept. (24) An insurrection of the negroes in the island of Tor-
tola, discovered and frustrated.
Sept. 28 Snow fell near Buncombe, N. C.
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1831 October 3 Yucatan dissolved its independent government and
re-established the constitution of the Mexican Confederation.
October 5 President's proclamation opening the trade to and
from the British West India Islands.
October 6 Revolt of the regular troops at Rio dc Janeiro sub-
dued by the National Guard without bloodshed.
October 7 The Free Trade Convention adjourned, after de-
nouncing the Tariff as impolitic^and unconstitutional.
October 1 1 Fire at Busiris, Crawford county, Ohio, by which the
■county records were destroyed,
October 12 Snow in New-Hampshire.
October 15-16 A mob collected at the Park Theatre, N.York,
and broke the windows, &c.
October 22 Col. William Barton, a revolutionary soldier and the
captor of Gen. Prescott, died at Providence, aged 83.
October 22 The Lexington and Ohio Railroad begun.
October 29 The Canal for leading the water of the Delaware,
from above Trenton, to Lamberlon in New-Jersey, commenced.
Nov. 2 Jonathan Mason, statesman, &c. died at Boston, aged 76.
Nov. 5 The National Society of Literature, Science and the Arts,
formed by recommendation of the Literary Convention at its sec-
ond session, assembled at New-York.
Nov. 6 Battle of Tucumen, B. A. between the government ar-
my and the rebels of Salta, which terminated the rebellion.
Nov. 10 The ConventioiKsitting at Bogota confirmed the decree
of the President, restoring Gen. Santander to his civil rights.
Nov. 14 New Grenada formed into an independent State by the
Convention assembled at Bogota.
Nov. 17 Col. Peter Fraily died at Orwigsburg, Pa. aged 73.
Nov. 17 Col. Peter D. Vroom, a soldier of the revolution, died
at Hillsborough, New- Jersey, aged 87.
Nov. 20 Intelligence arrived via New- York by the Sully, packet,
from Havre, that the Reform Bill had been lost on the 8th Octo-
ber in the British House of Lords, by a majority of 41.
Nov. 21 Violent gale along the North American coast, accom-
panied by thunder, lightning, hail, rain and snow.
Nov. 22 Tremendous storm and rising of the tide at Quebec, by
which damage was sustained estimated £70,000.
Nov. 30 Fire at Augusta, Georgia, by which houses and pro-
perty were destroyed estimated at $100,000.
December — United States Schooner Enterprize, 18 guns, was
launched at New-York.
December — United States Schooner Experiment, 18 guns, was
launched at Washingtan.
December — United States Schooner Boxer, 18 guns, was
launched at Boston.
December 7 Grand Canal closed.
December 8 Elizabeth Kyle died at Milton, N. C. aged 123.
December 12 National Republican Convention met at Baltimore
and ehose Abner Laycock, of Pennsylvania, their President.
December 15 Destructive tire at Buffalo, N. Y. by which 23
houses were consumed and property destroyed to a large amount.
December 15 The General Mexican Congress closed its extra-
December 16 The National Republican Convention adjourned,.
1831 having agreed to recommend Henry Clay, of Kentucky, and
John Sergeant, of Pennsylvania, to be supported as President
and Vice President.
December 17 Dr. Nicholas Belville, a soldier of the revolution
and an eminent physician, died at Trenton, N.J. aged 79.
December 18 Tracy, a negro female, died at Woodbridge, N. J.
by her clothing catching fire, aged 105.
December 19 Gen. Francisco Jose Bermudez died of wounds re-
ceived in a duel at Gumana.
Dec. (21) Chloe Eaton, a negro, died at Goshen, Ct. aged 116.
December 27 Fire at Macon, Geo. by which nearly 20 buildings
were destroyed and property consumed estimated at $li\000.
1332 January 3 A virulent epidemic, called by the inhabitants Scar-
latina, appeared about this time at Valparaiso and Santiago, in
Chili — persons fell down dead in the streets, and in a population
of 40,000 inhabitants the average deaths were 75 a day.
January 6 Roger Huygens presented to the President as charge
des affaires from the Netherlands on the departure of the Cheva-
lier B. de Huygens, the ambassador on leave.
January 7 Destructive fire at Raleigh, N. C.
January 9 A. Convention, held in Ohio, declared it essential for
the public good, that the United States Bank should not. be re-
January 14 Col. Robert Troup, a soldier of the revolution, died
at New-York, aged 75.
January 15 The flue of the steamboat Stranger, plying the Mis-
sissippi, collapsed, by which 3 were killed and 2 wounded.
January 15 Riot at New-Orleans, occasioned by the non-ascent
of a balloon.
January 16 Grasshoppers seen at Dennis, M. in a state of full
January (19) Jane Clute died at Glen's Falls, N.Y. aged 106.
January 20 Geri. Thomas Craig, a soldier and patriot of the re-
volution, died at Lehigh, Pennsylvania, aged 93.
January 20 The Delaware partially opened.
January 20 The Cahoos bridge, over the Mohawk, carried away
by the ice.
January 23 Grand illumination at Buenos Ayres, on account of
the peace concluded with the Province of Salta.
January 27 Extreme cold day, the thermometer at New-York
standing at 6 and at Quebec 18 degrees below zero.
January 29 The Presbyterian Church at Nashville, Ten. des-
troyed by fire.
January 30 Thomas Tredwell, a patriot of the revolution, died
at Beekmantown, New-York, aged 88.
January 30 The Congregational Meeting-house at Dorset, Vt.
destroyed by fire.
February 1 Hugh S. Legare, of South Carolina, appointed charge
des affaires to Belgium.
February 4 The bridge over the Susquehanna, at Columbia, Pa.
destroyed by the breaking up of the ice and the extraordinary
rising of the river, 19 feet above low-water-mark.
February 5 Fire at Auburn, N.Y. by which St. Peter's (Episco
pal) Church was destroyed.
February 6 Martial law abolished in th^ Island of Jamaica*
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1332 February 6 The Delaware open and navigable.
February (7) Alexander Pompey died at Syracuse, N;Y. aged 120.
February (7) Peier Wells died at Ashfield, Vt. aged 100.
Feb. (7) Catharine Willis died at Bloomsbury, N. J. aged 112.
February 8 The Chapels of the Baptist Missionary Society in
Falmouth and Montego Bay, Jamaica, and subsequently 11 others
in various parts of the island,- demolished by the populace, and
property distroyed estimated at .£17,900 sterling, under an ex-
citement that the insurrection of the negroes had been produced
by the doctrines preached therein.
Feb. 14 Fire at Boston by which the Museum was destroyed.
February (15) Starling Boardman, a negro, died at Hartford, Ct.
February 16 The highest rise of the Ohio River since the settlc-
tlement of the country and overflow of its banks 80 feet above
February 17 Decree of the Republic of Peru erecting Callao
from and. after the 1st of March, a port of depositc.
February (20) Jonathan Russell, ambassador, &c. died at Milton,
M. aged 60.
Feb. 20 Decree of the President of Peru allowing the introduc-
tion into the Republic of certain articles hitherto prohibited.
February 22 Fire at Cincinnati, Ohio, by which twenty buildings
February 22 Buslamente (Antonio) proclaimed those ports of
Mexico in possession of the rebels to be in a state of blockade.
February 22 The centennial Birthday of Washington (Febru-
ary 11, 1732, O. S.) celebrated throughout the United States with
February 24 Hurricane at Washington, N. C. by which the roof
of a house was raised and carried 60 feet distant.
February 24 Cold night, the thermometer at Albany standing at
13 degrees below zero.
February 25 Convention held in Charleston, S. C. of the Free
Trade and State Plights Party, at which resistance to. .the Tariff
laws was recommended.
February 27 The steamboat Grampus, plying the Mississippi,
collapsed her boiler at Poverty Point, by which two person?
February — The Republic of Colombia -divided into three sepa-
rate states, viz. New Grenada, Venezuela and Equator.
February 29 The constitution of New Grenada promulgated.
March 1 The steamboats Shamrock and Baltic, plying the Mis-
sissippi, came in contact, by which the former was run on shore
March 3 A virulent disease called the Spotted Fever appeared at
New-London and other parts of Connecticut, and continued un-
til the 20th of May.
March 7 Robert Simpson died at Montreal, L C. aged 101.
March 8 Francisco de P. Santander elected President of New
March 10 Fire at Williamsburgh, V. by which the Capitol was
March 13 The Hon. William Stansberry, of the House of Re-
1832 presentatives from Tennessee, assaulted in tlie street at Wash-
ington by General Samuel Houston.
March 26 The Hudson River open to Albany.
March 29 Fire in Broad -vay, near to Bleecker-strcet, New-York,
by which 20 buildings were destroyed.
March 31 The Spanish settlement La Soledad, at the Falkland
Islands, broken up by a party from the United States Ship Lex-
ington, 18 guns, Captain Dunoan.
__j — Apnl 11 Fire at Guayanna, Porto Rico, by which the whole
town was destroyed.
April — A famine commenced in the Cape de Verd Islands, in
which from 30 to 40,000 persons were estimated to have perished
April (20) The Indians under Black Hawk blockaded Fort Arm-
strong, Illinois, and commenced hostilities against the U. States.
April 22 The steamboat Paul Clifford run into by the Opelou-
sas near Negroville, on the Mississippi, and materially damaged.
April 22 The steamboat Talisman, plying the Mississippi, des-
troyed by taking fire, by which many persons lost their lives.
April 23 John Peters died at Philadelphia, aged 100.
April — Christina Menzes, a pauper, died at Philadelphia, aged
April 24 The New-York and Erie Rail Road Company chartered.
April 2S The steamboat Dolphin, on her passage from Louisville
to Pittsburg, destroyed by taking fire. „.-
May 6 Dr. Thomas Tillotson, physician and surgeon general of
the northern department of the revolutionary army, died at
Rhinebeck, N.Y. aged 81.
May 8 Thomas D. Arnold, of the House of Representatives
from Tennessee, assaulted in the street at Washington by Mor-
gan A. Heard.
May 12 The Mexican army, under Calderon, raised the siege
of Vera Cruz.
May 13 Jonathan Hunt, of the House of Representatives from
Vermont, died at Washington.
May 14 Samuel Houston discharged from arrest after being re-
primanded at the bar of the House of Representatives for his
assault upon Mr. Statibcrry.
May 14 Fire at Louisville, Ky. by which the Mayor's office, part
of the market-house, and 12 or 13 stores were destroyed.
May 14 A detachment of 275 militia, under Major Stilman,
having been deluded into an ambush near Sycamore Creek, Illi-
nois, by a body of hostile Sacs and Foxes, were defeated with
a loss of twelve killed and twelve wounded.
May 14 Riot in Albany and demolition of a house, tenanted by
May 15 Fire at Cedar Creek near Macon, Georgia, by which the
house cf Robert Young was consumed with 4 of his children.
May 15 Proclamation of the Governor of Illinois, calling for
2000 militia to repel the. invasion of the Indians.
May 17 The departments of the Mexican Government vacated
by the resignation of all the ministers.
May 18 Riot at St. Louis, Mo. and demolition of a number of
houses by a mob collected on occasion of a man's being
sjabbe.d ia- a brothel.
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1832 May 18 Gilbert- A. Gamage, a paet, died at N.York, aged 44.
May 19 Colonel William Peck, a soldier of the revolution, died
at Providence, R. I. aged 77.
j^May 20 Destructive hail storm near Trenton, N. J.
jp May 20 The Chevalier D'Ankerloo, charge des affaires from
f Sweden, arrived in the United States.
May 21 Destructive freshet on the St. Lawrence ; the water rose
12 feet higher than ordinary, sweeping away buildings, cattle, &c.
loss estimated at $40,000.
May 21 Election riot in Montreal, L. C. subdued by the military
firing upon the mob, by which four persons were killed and several.
May 21 The ratio of representation under the fifth census fixed
May 21 Captain George W. Rodgers, U. S. N. died off: Buenos
Ayres, aged 45.
May 22 Immense veins of rich silver ore discovered in the moun-
tain chain of Topiapo, called Chanercilla and Mole, in Chili, S. A.
May 23 Riot in Philadelphia, occasioned by the opening of the
subscription books to the Girard Bank.
May 25 William Slade, of the House of Representatives from
Vermont, assaulted by Franklin E. Plummer, of Mississippi,
who spit in his face.
May 24 & 25 Heavy fall of snow in the northern states.
May 26 Grand Nullification meeting of the Georgians and South
Carolinians near Lower Hamburgh on the Savannah River.
May 27 Rencontre at Macon, Georgia, between Heman Marks
and Lewis Washington, in which the former was killed.
May 27 Baron Desire Behr, ambassador from the Netherlands,
arrived in the United States.
May 27 John Rhea died in Tennessee, aged 79.
May 29 Anthony Post, a patriot of the revolution, died at New-.