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DORSEY'S GOTHIC MANSION-FOR THE PORT FOLIO.
The annexed engraving is a faithful representation of the Gothic Building erected in this city, in Chesnut street, between Eleventh and Twelfth streets. It has a front of sixty feet, and is twenty-six feet in depth, with a recess portico on the South, supported by Ox-eye consoles—is four stories high, including the attic or garret story: Above the ballustrade, which extends the whole length of the centre or recessed front, is a large antique, principal window, which rises into the timpan of the triangular gable. The buttresses of the Eastern and Western corridors are ornamented with niches and Saracenic tablets.
A gallery connects these in front, and passes by the great window. The walls of the porch, and the jams, and soffits of the entrances are enriched with antique quatre foil guiloches, shields, escutcheons and tablets, with appropriate bass-relief sculptures, in artificial stone, by the celebrated Mr. Coade. The building recedes one hundred feet from the line of the street, and is elevated on a terrace of 60 by 10 feet surface, ornamented with grass and borders of shrubbery. The steps, plinths and basement are of fine white granite,
This edifice, the whole exterior of which is a correct and chaste specimen of the Gothic order, was designed and erected by John Dorsey, Esquire, whose architectural taste has greatly ornamented his native city. The elevation of the central building of the Pennsylvania Hospital, the anatomical Theatre there (which in beauty and convenience is perhaps unrivalled), much of the ornamental part of the Schuylkill permanent Bridge, the Academy of the fine arts, &c. and many private buildings owe their beauty to the taste of this gentleman, which has been liberally exercised without reward on all these occasions. We understand that he is appointed one of the commissioners for erecting the intended public buildings at Harrisburg, and, if he is left un fettered by the unskilfulness of others, we may predict that they will not be surpassed by the public buildings of any of our sister states.
The property of the Gothic Mansion has been lately transferred to Godfrey Faga, Esquire, who, we understand, has leased it to Mrs. Rivardi, for the use of her Boarding School and Academy. For this purpose it is admirably adapted in point of situation; and, with the proposed additions to the North front, will afford accommodations which in elegance and commodiousness, will not be equalled by any similar establishment in the United States. It is to be hoped that the principal building will be preserved in its present state, as a model of beautiful and correct architecture, and an object of gratification and delight to the curious and liberal stranger.
MEMOIRS OF HAYTI-FOR THE PORT FOLIO.
The Cape, Island of Hayti, January, 1806.
As stated in a former letter, I arrived, on the fourteenth of November last from Philadelphia after a short passage of eight days, at Port de Paix a commercial town situate on the northern side of the island, about fifteen leagues westward of the Cape. Our destination was for this port, but in consequence of espying a vessel which we supposed to be a French privateer, when within a few hours' sail of it, we bore away for Port de Paix to avoid her. A pilot met and conducted us into the harbour, where we anchored in safety under the guns of a fort. It being late in the afternoon, we were informed that the
officer, would not visit us that evening, and that in consequence we were not at liberty to go on shore.
On the following morning we rose early and prepared for the visit of the commandant of the place, who arrived at eight o'clock, attended by the interpreter and the captain of the port.
We saluted them as they came on board, with a respectful bow, and received in return from the commandant a fraternal embrace. Catabaux, for that was his name, is a negro black and hugely ugly, and like most of his countrymen furnished with a pair of delicate lips. His manners were rough and awkward, though he attempted the gentleman, and his conversation coarse. He wore a sort of military dress with a cocked hat, and strutted about with a degree of consequence. After he had concluded his business, which was to obtain the name, destination, and cargo of our vessel, we invited him to take breakfast. Such an invitation in this island is seldom declined by officers of middling or inferior rank, for their pay and income is so extremely moderate, that they are enabled to live but upon a very small scale. None but the chiefs who have command of the revenue and property of the government, or who have been so fortunate as to have secured a title to some of the confiscated lands, can afford the expences of luxurious and splendid living, or to enjoy the otium cum dignitate which their ancient masters possessed in so eminent a degree. Our hungry guests were by no means particular as to the quality or variety of the viands placed before them. The biscuit, cheese and ham stood no chance in their presence, and a bottle of strong eau-de-vie, which gave an exhilarating zest to the meal, was considerably reduced by the time they rose from table. This worthy commandant can neither read nor write, and the business of his office is transacted by a white clerk, who signs even his name.
As soon as permitted the captain and myself went on shore, and as is requisite, paid a visit to the commanding general. We found Guillaume at his door in dishabille, giving orders to a subaltern officer, who stood cap in hand, bowing at the conclusion of every sentence the general uttered. He received us politely, and after we were seated on his piazza, refreshed us with a glass of claret and water, a mode of displaying hospitality which is established by universal custom throughout the island. This officer is black, of about thirty years of age, and has acquired some renown as a military character. His manners were reserved, and his air rather intended to inspire a stranger with