| 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 |
IT was on this palisade that I read the first of Director
Stuyvesant's messages, and during that stroll I saw so
many of them that I can even now repeat the words.
They ran like this, and, to my mind, it would have been
well if Master Kieft had given his attention to the same
"Whereas, we are informed of the great ravages the wolf
commits on the small cattle; therefore to animate and encourage the
proprietors who will go out and shoot the same, we have resolved
to authorize the assistant Schout and Schepens to give public
notice that whoever shall exhibit a wolf to them which hath been
shot on this island, on this side Haarlem, shall be promptly paid
therefor by them, for a wolf twenty florins, and for a she-wolf
thirty florins in wampum, or the value thereof."
When the farmer's bell tolled from the belfrey of the
church within the fort, all the gates in the palisade
were closed, and no person might enter or leave the
city from that time, which was nine of the clock in the
evening, until sunrise of the next morning.
 I have heard it said that there were many living
beyond the palisade who claimed that this was all too
early for them to leave the houses of their friends in
the town, when there for a visit of pleasure; but I hold
to it that he who would remain out of his bed longer
than that is little better than a night-brawler, because
of honest people being ready for sleep when the day's
work is at an end.
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