Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York: Embracing Some Account of the Ancient Remains ... and a History of Pioneer Settlement Under the Auspices of the Holland Company; Including Reminiscences of the War of 1812; the Origin, Progress and Completion of the Erie Canal, Etc., Etc., Etc

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Jewett, Thomas & Company, 1849 - Holland Purchase - 666 pages
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Any historian, amateur or professional, will find this book a fascinating story that is easy to read and comprehensive about the expansion of New York State west of the Genesee River following the settlement with Indians at Big Springs (Avon). It includes many first hand accounts of pioneer settlers that led one accustumed to the luxury of modern life to marvel that the people of that day had to endure, actually accomplished the settlement with the ingenuity to use whatever resoources naturally existed and the will to survuve.  

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Page 92 - This principle was that discovery gave title to the government by whose subjects or by whose authority it was made against all other European governments, which title might be consummated by possession.
Page 194 - The waters which fall from this horrible precipice do foam and boil after the most hideous manner imaginable, making an outrageous noise, more terrible than that of thunder; for when the wind blows out of the south, their dismal roaring may be heard more than fifteen leagues off.
Page 92 - ... their rights to complete sovereignty, as independent nations, were necessarily diminished, and their power to dispose of the soil at their own will, to whomsoever they pleased, was denied by the original fundamental principle, that discovery gave exclusive title to those who made it.
Page 115 - THE groves were God's first temples. Ere man learned To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave. And spread the roof above them, — ere he framed The lofty vault, to gather and roll back The sound of anthems ; in the darkling wood, Amidst the cool and silence, he knelt down, And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks And supplication.
Page 620 - I could not help taking a more contemplative and extensive view of the vast inland navigation of these United States, from maps and the information of others ; and could not but be struck with the immense diffusion and importance of it, and with the goodness of that Providence, which has dealt her favors to us with so profuse a hand. Would to God we may have wisdom enough to improve them. I shall not rest contented, till I have explored the western country, and traversed those lines, or great part...
Page 114 - Illinois,' said they; that is, when translated, ' We are men;' and they offered the calumet. An aged chief received them at his cabin with upraised hands, exclaiming, ' How beautiful is the sun, Frenchmen, when thou comest to visit us! Our whole village awaits thee; thou shall enter in peace into all our dwellings.
Page 307 - In consideration of the peace and friendship hereby established, and of the engagements entered into by the Six Nations; and because the United States desire, with humanity and kindness, to contribute to their comfortable support; and to render the peace and friendship hereby established strong and perpetual...
Page 200 - Born by the side of the Potomac, beneath the roof of a Westmoreland farmer, almost from infancy his lot had been the lot of an orphan. No academy had welcomed him to its shades, no college crowned him with its honors; to read, to write, to cipher, these had been his degrees in knowledge. And now, at sixteen years of age — in quest of an honest maintenance encountering intolerable toil ; cheered onward by being able to write to a schoolboy friend, ' Dear Richard, a doubloon is my constant gain every...
Page 351 - ... therefore must collect from others, and, as. matters now stand, it is no easy thing. I mean to borrow silver, and promise payment in gold, and will then collect the gold in the best manner I can. Whilst on this subject, let me inform you that there is upwards of twenty thousand dollars in silver at Ticonderoga. They have no particular use for it, and I think you might as well send a party to bring it away, and lodge it in a safe place convenient for any purposes for which it may hereafter be...
Page 329 - Genesee farmers all fee-simple landholders, which has increased the value of the soil and the enterprise of the people. ** Oliver Phelps may be considered the Cecrops of the Genesee country. Its inhabitants owe a mausoleum to his memory, in gratitude for his having pioneered for them the wilderness of this CANAAN of the West.

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