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A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Dietrich Knickerbocker

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Published: 1809
Language: English
Wordcount: 121,009 / 363 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,084
Added to site: 2005.11.16
mnybks.net#: 11810

A sly satire on self-important local history that brought ''Knickerbocker'' into the American lexicon.

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to discharge certain debts he has left behind.

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From the "American Citizen" December 6, 1809.

Is this day published,

By INSKEEP and BRADFORD, No. 128, Broadway,

A History of New York,

&c. &c.

(Containing same as above.)


ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR

It was some time, if I recollect right, in the early part of the fall of 1808, that a stranger applied for lodgings at the Independent Columbian Hotel in Mulberry Street, of which I am landlord. He was a small, brisk-looking old gentleman, dressed in a rusty black coat, a pair of olive velvet breeches, and a small cocked hat. He had a few gray hairs plaited and clubbed behind, and his beard seemed to be of some eight-and-forty hours' growth. The only piece of finery which he bore about him was a bright pair of square silver shoe-buckles; and all his baggage was contained in a pair of saddle-bags, which he carried under his arm. His whole appearance was something out of the commo

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