Philadelphia and Her Merchants: As Constituted Fifty @ Seventy Years Ago : Illustrated by Diagrams of the River Front and Portraits of Some of the Prominent Occupants, Together with Sketches of Character and Incidents and Anecdotes of the Day

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author, 1860 - Merchants - 223 pages

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Page 139 - Philadelphia manufactures, suitable for every season of the year, viz., Jeans, Fustians, Everlastings, Coatings, &c., to be sold by the subscriber, at his dwelling-house and manufactory, which is now standing in South Alley, between Market Street and Arch Street, and between Fifth and Sixth Streets, on Hudson's Alley.
Page 46 - was a gentleman by nature, easy in manner and able in intercourse; popular as a man of trade or gentleman of the pave, and well received by the gentry of lighter shade.
Page 184 - ... No. 108. Ritter says, page 184 : "Francis West was the sire of Captain James West, who was so long and favorably known as a Commander in Cope's line of Liverpool ships, and afterwards as a popular Commander of the finest steamship in the Liverpool trade. Dr. Francis West, second son of Francis, Sr., succeeded his parents in the homestead of No. 108, and grew in his practice of medicine there ; but his assiduity, and fearless attention to the sufferers of the cholera of 1832 contributed much to...
Page 178 - Vaughn was more than this — he was a philanthropist of the first order — not of a smoldering spark of intentions, but a burning zeal to warm up the thrift and furtherance of others, to which end he .devoted much of his time and money, and to the time of his death, was indefatigable in promoting the interests of strangers in a strange land.
Page 73 - ... for alms or employment. Girard set him to work to remove a pile of bricks from one side of his yard to the other ; the man soon reported the job as done. Mr. Girard said, "Now carry them back again." The man did so, and again reported,
Page 46 - He was bold, intrepid, and very active, ready at a moment's warning to quell a riot. His appearance at such gatherings with staff in hand, and hat tipped a little on one side of his head, with firm step, and independent authority, would scatter the ire and the fire of the most ferocious mob.
Page 123 - The south side of this alley was bounded by the chairmanufactory of Gilbert Gaw, there already in 1795, and long after, indeed until death itself smothered his existence in the conflagration of his premises.
Page 138 - Whig," and decidedly in favor of the defensive war, made and sold materials for clothing the army, for which he was disowned by the regular Society of Friends ; but nothing daunted, and being a man of very proper orthodox religious views, established at once another Friends...
Page 79 - ... good-nature elicited their familiarity and permitted access to his sugar-casks, whilst he winked at the resistless temptation at the ends of their fingers. , But we had the freedom of the store from front to rear, where, on the landing at the head of a flight of steps leading ' down to his yard and wharf, he had one or two pet Raccoons, with which, between school-hours, we were allowed to play to our heart's content ; but the black lumps of his sugar, if even less attractive, was the appetital...
Page 123 - Gaw, there already in 1795, and long after, indeed until death itself smothered his existence in the conflagration of his premises. Mr. Gaw was a good citizen though a severe disciplinarian ; but his efforts for obedience were as striking out, as in-doors, seeing that a street-brawl would bring him with almost constabulary authority to the rescue of peace and good order.

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