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The Greatest Highway in the World

Historical, Industrial and Descriptive Information of the Towns, Cities and Country Passed Through Between New York and Chicago Via the New York Central Lines. Based on the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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Language: English
Wordcount: 50,769 / 161 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.7
LoC Category: GV
Downloads: 642
Added to site: 2009.01.07
mnybks.net#: 23042
Genre: Travel
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and elsewhere. The battle was directed by Washington from the Jumel mansion*, 160th St. and Amsterdam Ave., the most famous house, historically, on the island of Manhattan. It is still standing.

[Illustration: Peter Stuyvesant and the Cobbler

Peter Stuyvesant, Dutch Governor of N.Y. from 1647 to 1664 and a valiant member of the Reformed Church, had an intense prejudice against all other sects. At Flushing a Baptist cobbler, William Wickendam, ventured to preach "and even went with the people into the river and dipped them." He was fined 12,500 guilders ($5,000) and ordered to be banished. As he was a poor man the debt was remitted, but he was obliged to leave the province.]

The house was built in 1763 by Roger Morris for his bride, Mary Philipse of Yonkers, for whose hand, it is said, Washington had been an unsuccessful suitor. The house was subsequently owned by John Jacob Astor and then passed into the hands of Stephen Jumel, a French merchant, who, with his wife Eliza, added new fame

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