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BEGINNING OF THE WORLD
END OF THE DUTCH DYNASTY.
AMONG MANY SURPRISING AND CURIOUS MATTERS, THE UNUTTER-
ABLE PONDERINGS OF WALTER THE DOUBTER, THE DISASTROUS
THE THIRD EDITION.
BY DIEDRICH KNICKERBOCKER.
De waarheid die in duister lag,
IN TWO VOLUMES. -VOL. I.
PUBLISHED BY M. THOMAS.
J. MAXWELL, PRINIER,
EAST IN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, to wit:
BEZ REMEMBERED, That on the fifth day of March, in the for ty-third year of the independence of the United States of America, A.D. 1819, Moses Thomas, of the said district, bath deposit in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
A History of New York, from the beginning of the World to the end of the Dutch Dynasty. .Containing among many surprising and curious matters, the Unutterable Ponderings of Walter the Doubter, the Disastrous Projects of William the Testy, and the Chivalric Achievements of Peter the Headstrong, the three Dutch Governors of New Amsterdam: being the
only Authentic History of the Times that ever hath been pub; lished. The third edition. By Diedrich Knickerbocker, De waarheid die in duister lag, Dic komt met klaarheid aan den dag.
In conformity to the act of the congress of the United States, intituled,
ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR.
It was sometime, if I recollect right, i the early part of the autumn of 1808, that a st: iger 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 common run; and my wife, who is a very shrewd body, at once set him down for some eminent country schoolmaster.
As the Independent Columbian Hotel is a very small house, I was a little puzzled at first where to put him; but my wife, who seemed taken with his looks, would needs put him in her best cham