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The city of Hartford gave $500,000 in addition toward the building, and donated the site of 13 acres, which was purchased from Trinity College for $600,000.

Upon the completion of the labors of the commissioners they reported to the state the sum of about $13,000 unexpended of the appropriation.

The building was completed in 1880 at a total cost of $2,532,524.43, which sum included heating and ventilating apparatus, elevator, statuary, etc., amounting to nearly $100,000. The furnishing of the building cost about $100,000 in addition to the above-named sum.

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It is with satisfaction that we comtemplate the fact that the building material, East Canaan marble, found by commission appointed to examine it, to be durable and eminently suitable for the purpose, comes from within the borders of our own state, and it is not to be

wondered at, with the experience of some of our sister states in capitol building before us, that the honest work of our commission and contractors is worthy of more than passing comment and dwelt on with pardonable pride by our people. To the Connecticut Capitol Commissioners, especially to the chairman of the board, Alfred E. Burr, and to the contractor, James G. Batterson, the Capitol stands a monument more eloquent than any words, descriptive of their work, can be.

In architecture the building is an example of modern secular Gothic, on a general ground plan of a parallelogram. Its extreme length is 295 feet 8 inches; depth of center part 189 feet 4 inches; depth of wings, 111 feet 8 inches; depth of intermediate parts, 102 feet 8 inches; height from ground line to top of crowning figure, 256 feet 6 inches; level of building ground line is 84.7 feet above mean low

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water at Saybrook. It has four fronts, nearly corresponding with the four cardinal points of the compass, but the main front, the north one, is little used, compared with the others. It is the east front, the entrance most used by pedestrians from the city, that is the most attractive. Upon this are the medallions of the Charter Oak, the march of Hooker and his party to Hartford and the preaching of Davenport to his flock upon their arrival at New Haven. Above these are bust medallions of Noah Webster, Horace Bushnell, Joel Barlow, George Berkeley, John Trumbull and Jonathan Edwards, and statues of Roger Sherman Thomas Hooker, Jonathan Trumbull and John Davenport cut in fine statuary marble, are placed in positions designed for them. Places have been left on all sides of the building for many statues, busts and historical designs.

Just inside the east entrance in the lower corridor is a statue of Nathan Hale, head thrown back in a spirited, defiant attitude, indicative of the nature of the

man, on the granite pedestal of which is cut his memorable last words, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." This statue was dedicated in 1887. On this floor in the north corridor is the figure head of the "Hartford," a bronze tablet to John Fitch, a native of Windsor, the first to successfully apply the principle of steam to propulsion of vessels through water, and the model of the bronze statue which crowns the dome. This statue was ordered by Mr. Batterson from the celebrated sculptor, Randolph Rogers, of Rome, Italy, and was cast in Munich. The plaster model belonging to Mr. Batterson was presented to the

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received them when they returned with
the commendation and sympathy which
their achievements merited. They were
placed here on Battle Flag Day, Septem-
ber 17, 1879, amid the greatest celebration
that ever took place in Hartford. His
statue was placed there later and
dedicated on June 18, 1884. Here is
the historical wheel, with its records and 1818. In the Senate chamber is the

House of Representatives, lieutenant gov-
ernor's room, secretary of state's office,
and other state offices. In the secretary
of state's office is the famous charter
granted by King Charles in 1662,-or the
duplicate charter, probably-framed in
wood from the Charter Oak, and the
original document of our constitution of

"The quotation "where any dared to follow" we have purposely changed to make agree more nearly with actual facts.-Editor.

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Besides his untiring efforts in perfecting it as a law library, for which it was designed and maintained, Dr. Hoadly, who is dis

tinguished as one of the most accomplished historical stu

dents in the country, has collected a vast amount of the most interesting and valuable material pertaining to the state's history. Among the most important of valuable documents here are the commission of Jno. Winthrop as first magistrate of Nameock, now New London, Oct. 27, 1647, which has on it the oldest known impression of the seal of Connecticut; the

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letter of credit taken by Governor Winthrop when he went as agent to procure a charter for the Colony of Connecticut,

signed by John Tallcott, in response to which the charter of 1662 was procured; the commission appointing William Ellery postmaster at Hartford when Benjamin Franklin was postmastergeneral, and signed by him; one of the original lottery tickets issued to build the state house in Hartford, before mentioned in this article; an original invitation to an election ball; a series of Connecticut coppers, coined by

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