Hayward’s New England Gazetteer (1839) page 263
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France. There is also a collection
of bibles and testaments in 81 lan-
guages and dialects, oriental, &c.,
into which the bible has been trans-

The philosophical and astronomi-
cal apparatus, has been lately in-
creased at great expense. There
is a telescope, with a six inch object
glass, a splendid altitude and Azi-
muth instrument, so constructed as
to be used for meridian transits.
Russell’s magnificent Orrery, an
unrivalled Instrument, and the only
one of the vkind. There is a noble
Plate Electrical machine, with two
plates 36 inches in diameter, &c.

The chemical department has a
good laboratory and apparatus.—
The cabinet of minerals is becom-
ing extensive. In geology, besides
specimens, there are several valu-
able charts to illustrate the different
states, and many districts of Eng-

In botany, there are several of the
best standard works, and for the
preservation of the science, the
richness in species'of the native
plants about Mjddletown, is not
surpassed by any location in New
England. The placets also remark-
able for the variety and abundance
of its rare minerals.

The rising reputation of its uni-
versity, the great salubrity of its
atmosphere, and the activity of its
manufacturing capital, render Mid-
dletown equally attractive to the
traveler, the man of science, or of
business. There are besides in this
city, several fine cabinets of shells,
insects, minerals, &.c,, and an Her-
barium of considerable extent, of
North American as well as of Eu-
ropean plants, also several choice
private libraries.

The library of the Rev. Dr. Jar-
vis, contains 13,000 volumes of ex-
ceeding choice hooks, collected by
him, during a residence of Sev-
eral years in Europe, and his gal-
lery of about 120 paintings, is re-
garded as being very valuable.—

About 70 of these pictures formed
the gallery of the Archbishop of
'Tarento at Naples, and are of the
old masters—Titian, Rubens, Tin-
toretto, Salvator Rosa, Carlo Dolce,
Lueca, Giordano, Jordens, Spagno-
letto, &c. There is also in another
collection some very fine paintings
of the old masters, and an exqui-
site piece of statuary by the Cheva-
lier P. Marchesi of Milan, repre-
senting Christ when 12 years of
age ! This is the only work of the
distinguished sculptor, that has yet
arrived in this country.

The township from N. to S. is
about 9 miles long, its breadth va-
rying from 4 to 10 miles at its great-
est area, or about 43,520 acres.—
The Indian, name of .the town was
Mattabesett. The town is divided
into 4 societies or parishes.

There is in the city a prepara-
tory school connected with the uni-
versity, as well as several flourish-
ing private schools.

The public records of this town
commenced in 1654. The city was
incorporated in 1784.

The burial grounds contain many
curious, as well as antique monu-
ments of its earliest settlers.

Tbe burial ground at the N. part
of the city, and by the river, was
laid out in 1650.

Middletown meadows, north of the
city, contain about 640 acres. The
height of the base of the village is
160 feet above the river, and is
from it, five eighths of a mile. Main
street is from 40 to 50 feet above the

The Connecticut river is here
generally closed with ice about the
middle of December, and opens
about the end of the third week in

The manufactures in this city,
are 3 establishments on a large
scale for the manufacture of arms,
for the United States service )
broadcloths and cotton- goods, brit-
annia and tin wares, stoves, combs,
* tubs, machinery, steam engines,


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