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and accomplished gentleman. His school prospers, I am told, and truly deserves to do so. “ There is a total want of enterpr ise in this place. The Odd Fellows’ Encampment was about to go down, and an agent of the Order from your city was here to resuscitate it, or take their charter.” [Note: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Miller Lodge No. 18 did survive. Its current building at the corner of Washington and Dover dates from 1879. It has a pointing hand on the roof gable.] “Temperance was on the decline. The military were drumming up last night, preparatory to the Fourth ~ it is the only time, I am told, that they show signs of life. Indeed, the only spirit is among the juveniles ~ they have a grand fancy ball tonight, and last night gave Congo concert. I am informed that they even surpassed the real grit Ethiopians.” [Note: A Congo Concert must have been a minstrel show in which white actors blackened their faces with burnt cork to portray stereotyped black people.] “Farmers are in the midst of their wheat harvest; the grain now ripe is good, and yield better than usual; we have now, however, a continuance of dull, damp, murky weather, which may prove detrimental to the late seeding. “The news of the death of Gen. [Andrew] Jackson excites no feeling, at least I have seen no demonstration thereof, among his many

To be fair, it should be noted that others considered the building to be the gem of the Eastern Shore.] “The old Episcopal Church has been converted into a school room, lecture room, etc.” [Note: The original c. 1800 Christ Episcopal Church, also on Harrison Street became the Baptist church c. 1900.] “There are several schools here, and an academy under the charge of Mr. Neely, formerly of Baltimore, a male and female primary school, both located on a back street, and in the back room of an old dwelling house, thrust as much out of the way as possible. Besides these, a most excellent private female Seminary is taught by Mr. Thomas Pierson, a teacher by profession, a native of this county, and a polite 56

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