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JOHN F. WATSON,
Pennsylvania, New-York, and Massachusetts.
ILLUSTRATED WITH PLATES.
Oh! dear is the tale of Olden Time,
W. E. DEAN, PRINTER.
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-two, by ColLINS & HANNAY, in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New-York.
Astor, Lenox and TIIcon
PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND PRE
It is impossible to contemplate the wonderful progress of New York City and State, in its actual advance to greatness, without feeling our hearts stirred with deep emotion, exciting us to gratitude and praise. But two centuries ago it began its career as a little Dorp or village, and now it is the great commercial emporium of the Union !
It should be the just pride and exultation of an American to belong to such a country; and if so, what should offer him more interesting and edifying reading than the history of the infancy, and progress to manhood, of such a people ? Impressed with such thoughts, we have supposed it might prove profitable to awaken in the breasts of the mising generation a fond regard for the annals of their forefathers : to whose enterprise, skill, and
industry (under God,) they owe so much of their present enjoyments, and distinction as a new people.
Youth have by nature an ardent desire and an earnest curiosity to learn the causes of things around them; and it is equally the dictate of parental indulgence and of Bible instruction, that " when your children shall ask you, wherefore are these things so, then shall ye answer them.”
With views and feelings like these, we have been induced to prepare the present pages, illustrative of the early events of their country, of its inhabitants, their manners and customs; such as things were in their days of rusticity and simplicity, when so wholly unlike the present display of fashion, pomp, and splendour. We aim, therefore, to lay before the young such a picture of the past, as may offer to their contemplation the most prominent and striking doings and things of the founders and settlers of the city and state ; intending herein to restrict our exhibition to those incidents which could most surprise, amuse, or interest their minds, while at the same time it may increase their store of knowledge concerning country and home, by dilineating those early times, and days by-gone, when New York was but a provincial town, and the state a rugged woody country, with only here
and there a humble village, “ few and far between.”
The facts in the main have been derived from Moulton's recent Historical Notices of New York, and from Watson's Annals of Olden Time. It is by multiplying these local associations of ideas concerning our country that we hope to generate patriotism ; binding the heart, by forcible ties, to the paternal soil.
"Go, call thy sons; instruct them what a debt
Philadelphia county, 1831.