| Peter of New Amsterdam|
|by James Otis|
|The story of the Dutch colony at New Amsterdam, through the eyes of the young lad Peter. Relates its settlement by the West India Company under the leadership of Peter Minuit, their transactions with the Indians including the purchase of the island of Manhattan, their overthrow of the Swedish forts to the south, and their surrender to English forces in 1664. The portrait of the contrasting figures of Peter Minuit and Peter Stuyvesant enlivens the narrative. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-10 |
MASTER STUYVESANT'S RAGE
IT seemed, as we learned very shortly, that in his
rage master Stuyvesant had torn the letter into little
pieces claiming that it did not concern the common people,
and then it was that his own friends left him in anger.
Within half an hour the people insisted that the
 letter be demanded of the Director, and five men were
sent to Master Stuyvesant, claiming that which
Governor Winthrop had brought.
It was Martin Kip who headed the messengers from
the free men of New Amsterdam, and he told me
Master Stuyvesant was in a fine rage. He stumped
to and fro threatening, but finally showed in his hand
the tiny bits of paper, throwing them on the floor.
Then some one of the house, I do not know who,
picked up the pieces, putting them together so that the
words might be read, and Martin Kip, speaking from
the steps of the city hall, told us what had been written.
I do not remember it all, but there was in the letter
 a promise that the Dutch should not be driven out after
the city was captured. They would be allowed to
remain, each man on his own land, free to come or go
as it pleased him best, and other Dutchmen were at
liberty to live in New Amsterdam with the same
rights as belonged to
any English man.
It was all up with
after that. He did
not cease to storm
and rage at those
who refused to stand
by the guns in the
fort, and threatened
that he would hold
the city till the last
building in it was
destroyed; but what
could he do alone?
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