Excerpt: ...covering those tracts of country at present called
Broadway, Wall street, William street and Pearl street. I must not
omit to mention that in portioning out the land a goodly "bowerie"
or farm was allotted to the sage Oloffe in consideration of the
service he had rendered to the public by his talent at dreaming;
and the site of his "bowerie" is known 248 by the name of Kortlandt
(or Courtlandt) street to the present day. And now, the infant
settlement having advanced in age and stature, it was thought high
time it should receive an honest Christian name. Hitherto it had
gone by the original Indian name Manna-hata, or, as some will have
it, "The Manhattoes"; but this was now decried as savage and
heathenish, and as tending to keep up the memory of the pagan brood
that originally possessed it. Many were the consultations held upon
the subject without coming to a conclusion, for, though everybody
condemned the old name, nobody could invent a new one. At length,
when the council was almost in despair, a burgher, remarkable for
the size and squareness of his head, proposed that they should call
it New Amsterdam. The proposition took everybody by surprise; it
was so striking, so apposite, so ingenious. The name was adopted by
acclamation, and New Amsterdam the metropolis was thenceforth
called. Still, however, the early authors of the province continued
to call it by the general appellation of "The Manhattoes," and the
poets fondly clung to the euphonious name of Manna-hata; but those
are a kind of folk whose tastes and notions should go for nothing
in matters of this kind. Having thus provided the embryo city with
a name, the next was to give it an armorial bearing or device. As
some cities have a rampant lion, others a soaring eagle,
emblematical, no doubt, of the valiant and high-flying qualities of
the inhabitants, so after mature deliberation a sleek beaver was
emblazoned on the city standard as...
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Charles Herbert Sylvester
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