Morse has set up an office do demonstrate use of his telegraph. He moves this office into the Post Office, which faces the Patent Office over F Street. The streets of town are largely mud, with a great many undeveloped areas. The Mall is still mostly woodland; the Potomac River reaches almost to the South gates of the White House.
Congreessman mostly live in boarding houses, with only a few keeping house during the Session. Slaves are traded in Alexandria. Shipping goes into Georgetown or Alexandria, but seldom carry passengers, who prefer to arrive by coach or horseback.