[ John H. Innes, historian and topographer of New York. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. H. Innes') to the editor of 'Notes and Queries', giving synopses of points of interest to English readers in his book 'New Amsterdam and its People'.

John H. Innes [ J. H. Innes ], New York historian and topographer [ Notes and Queries, London ]
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76 Highland Avenue, Ossining, New York. 14 November 1903.
SKU: 20404

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He is sending 'a copy of a work by me on Early New York [i.e. 'New Amsterdam and its People: Studies, Social and Topographical, of the Town under Dutch and Early English Rule' (1902)], published by Chas Scribners Sons, about a year ago'. He begins by describing the book, 'through its general plan', as 'a systematic survey and description of New Amsterdam or New York as it was in 1655, a few years before its capture from the Dutch'. It 'contains several special studies from manuscripts and public records, of matters which are of peculiar interest to English readers, or investigators, upon which little material seems to exist in English works; in relation to which inquiries are frequently made; and which studies have developed considerable new matter, not to be found in any other printed work, I believe.' He gives lengthy descriptions, with useful synopses, of six 'of these special subjects', which he considers 'should be noted in such a way that they may be indexed in “Notes and Queries”. These concern 'Willaim Paterson, founder of the Bank of England'; 'Captain William Kidd'; 'the Dutch poet Jacob Steendam'; 'Cornelis Melÿn, the leader of the opposition to the West India Company' ('The chapter which seems to have attracted most attention here at New York'); 'Augustyn Heermans […] Surveyor and maker of the original Map of the Province of Maryland, now in the British Museum, and […] lord of the Manor of Nova Bohemia, under Lord Baltimore'; and 'the early views of New York'.