A History of New York: From the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty [NOOK Book]

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Section 3CREATION OF THE WORLD. 41 CHAPTER II. textit{Cosmogony, or Creation of the World; with a multitude of excellent theories, by which the creation of a world is shown to be no such difficult matter as common folk would imagine. Having thus briefly introduced my reader to the world, and given ...
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A History of New York: From the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty

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Section 3CREATION OF THE WORLD. 41 CHAPTER II. textit{Cosmogony, or Creation of the World; with a multitude of excellent theories, by which the creation of a world is shown to be no such difficult matter as common folk would imagine. Having thus briefly introduced my reader to the world, and given him some idea of its form and situation, he will naturally be curious to know from whence it came, and how it was created. And, indeed, the clearing up of these points is absolutely essential to my history, inasmuch as if this world had not been formed, it is more than probable that this renowned island, on which is situated the city of New York, would never have had an existence. The regular course of my history, therefore, requires that I should proceed to notice the cosmogony or formation of this our globe. And now I give my readers fair warning, that I am about to plunge, for a chapter or two, into as complete a labyrinth as ever historian was perplexed withal: therefore, I advise them to take fast hold of my skirts, and keep close at my heels, venturing neither to the right hand nor to the left, lest they get bemired in a slough of unintelligible learning, or have their brains knocked out by some of those hard Greek names which 42 CREATION OF THE WORLD. will be flying about in all directions. But should any of them be too indolent or chicken-hearted to accompany me in this perilous undertaking, they had better take a short cut round, and wait for me at the beginning of some smoother chapter. Of the creation of the world we have a thousand contradictory accounts; and though a very satisfactory one is furnished us by divine revelation, yet every philosopher feels himself in honour bound to furnish us with a better. As an impartial historian, I consider it my duty to notice their several theories, by...
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  • BN ID: 2940021824910
  • Publisher: New York, R. H. Russell
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1900 volume
  • File size: 714 KB

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Washington Irving (1783– 1859), the father of the American short story, is best known today for his tales of the Hudson River region, including the iconic "Rip Van Winkle"and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Elizabeth L.Bradley is deputy director of the Dorothy Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library.
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  • Posted January 24, 2012

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    Excellent history and satire

    If you like the satire of Gulliver's travels, the "comedy" of Mark Twain, and history as told by Gore Vidal, then you will love this!

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    Posted March 23, 2012

    Unreadable

    This eBook was created from a digital scan of a print edition. The text contains a lot of OCR errors and is completely unreadable.

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    Posted January 15, 2012

    Poorly formatted, unable to tolerate

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