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ASHINGTON is in many
The Continental Congress opened its respects the most interest- first session in Philadelphia, September ing city in America. It is 5, 1774, but on account of the advance
the favorite place of pil- made by the British army, and other vou grimage for thousands of causes later on, it was compelled to keep intelligent tourists, who are attracted up a peripatetic existence, moving from from all parts of the world by the beauty Philadelphia to Baltimore, thence back of its streets and parks, the architectural to Philadelphia to Princeton, N. J., Anproportions of its massive and many pub- napolis, Md., Trenton, N. J., and New lic buildings, the numerous statues and York, where it continued its place of hundreds of other objects that interest meeting until the adoption of the Conthe traveler.
stitution of the United States in 1788. The subject of having a territory under The struggle for the location of the the exclusive jurisdiction of Congress national capital began in the Continental was one of the first to receive the atten- Congress, and was only abandoned there tion of the legislators of the new Re- to give place to graver matters which public, and the establishment of a per- required the attention of that body, and manent seat of government, two years to avoid the local irritation raised by after the form of government was adopted the subject, then thought to be a serious by the nation, was one of the most im- question to the life of the new Republic. portant acts of Congress in the early In the first Federal Congress the matstages of the country's existence.
ter was again made the subject of serious
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