On account of high water, the order of "Vissitation" from
Kaskaskia, have removed their female boarding-school to this
city, of which there are two, one on Sixth-street, near Pine,
and one in the late mansion of Mrs. Biddle, , on Broadway.
The City have three free schools, and have in contempla-
tion the establishment of a high school, and additional primary
There are several select schools of high reputation, among
which the "English and French Collegiate Institute ," superin-
tended by Professor and Mrs. Bonfils, , 11 south Fourth; Mr. Wyman’s, "English and Classical High School ," 25 North fourth; Mr. Jones, ’ "Commercial School ," and Mr. Ligget’s,
"Writing Academy ," corner of Fourth and Chesnut, are de-
serving of special mention.
The Court-house occupies a whole square, bounded by
Fourth, Fifth, Market and Chesnut streets, and is to be en-
closed by iron palisades. The old house is giving way for the
new one, now nearly completed, and when finished, will pre-
sent the form of a Grecian cross, with projecting colonades on
the four sides of entrance. The materials used in its con-
struction, are bricks, and a light gray limestone quarried in the
vicinity, which has the appearance of the Eastern grainte.
There is a rotunda in the centre, surmounted by a dome. The
estimated cost, for the completion of the whole, by the architect,
H. Singleton, Esq., is $230,000.
The Planters’ House is on the square next north of the
Court House, on Fourth-Street, extending from Chesnut to
Pine, 230 feet. It occupies half the depth of the suare from
Fourth to Fifthstreets. it si a fine brick building, erected by
a company, at an expense of about two hundred thousand
dollars; is five stories high, including the basement, and con-
tains two hundred and thirty rooms. It is kept by Mr. Ben-Stickney, , and is esteemed one of the best hotels in the
There are many hotels and public houses within the city, the bare mention of which by name would extend this brief
sketch far beyond its prescribed limits.
There are two tobacco-warehouses on the corner of Wash-
ington-avenue and Second-street, which cost about twenty-
thousand dollars, exclusive of the ground: one is two stories
high, one hundred and seven feet six inches, by one hundred
and thirty-seven feet; the other is ninety-six by one hundred
and eleven feet, and three stories in height. These are the pri-
vate property of Joshua B.Brant, . Esq., to whose individual
enterprise the planters, as well as the citizens, are indebted for
this indispensable accommodation in the business part of the