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When the Author, (Mr HARDIE), issued his Prospectus for this work, in August, 1825, public expectation was considerably excited ; as he was well known to be competent to the task he had undertaken; and had he lived to finish it, there is no doubt that the most sanguine anticipations would have been realized. But his course was arrested by the hand of death, and, after more than a year's delay, the completion of the work devolved on another, and a less experienced hand.
As regards the author's original design and intentions, they are fully developed in the following extracts from his prospectus:
“ With respect to the work, in which I am now employed, it is my design, as far as it may be in my power, to render it a COMPLETE STATISTICAL VIEW OF THE CITY OF NEW-YORK. In my proposals, I have promised much; but if it shall please Gud to preserve my health, I shall faithfully perform every thing, which I have promised. I shall farther observe, that, in the prosecution of the work, I shall add such other interesting matter, as may either occur to myself, or be suggested by my learned and judicious friends, whose countenance in this arduous undertaking I most earnestly solicit, and on whose assistance I greatly depend.
“ I am well aware, that the undertaking will be attended with great labour; for though it is easy to write works of fancy, there is nothing more difficult and tedious than to ascertain facts. It will, likewise, be attended with considerable expense. But I have counted the cost. I have had the subject under consideration for several years; but more particularly since April last, when I published a pamphlet, entitled “A cencus of the new buildings erected in this city, in the year 1824, &c. Also a number of statistical documents, interesting to the Christian, the Merchant, the man of inquiry and the public in general.” As this little work was honoured with uncommon patronage, I propose, early in the ensuing year, to publish a new edition, with material improvements. I likewise determined to publish “A DESCRIPTION OF THE CITY OF NEW-YORK,” upon an extensive scale, similar to that
of The Picture of London, The History of Edinburgh, The
Such were our friend's intentions, But, alas! it pleased the
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter VI. A list of all the streets, lanes, allies, &c.
CHAPTER I. Of the Discovery of America, by Christopher Columbus, on
the 12th of October, 1492. It has been asserted, although as I believe, with very little reason, that America was known to the ancients. According to some traditions it had, at a very early period, been visited by the Greenlanders, the Norwegians and the Welsh. Of this, however, we have no evidence in history. But if it were really true, the knowledge, which they had obtained concerning the existence of what is now emphatically called “ The New World” was of no benefit eii her to themselves or others. It was in fact, like "a candle put under a bushel or in a secret place;" for it gave no light. On the whole, it appears more than probable, that the Europeans neither knew, nor had even thought of the existence of the continent which we now inhabit, till the days of CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, of whose life as well as some of the particular circumstances, which induced him to conceive the possibility of this important discovery, I now proceed to give a brief account.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS OR Colon, as he has been sometimes called, was born in the republic of Genoa, in 1447. From a letter, which he addressed, A. D. 1501, to Ferdinand and Isabella, the king and queen of Spain, it appears, that he had then been engaged in a maritime life for nearly four