Francis Adrian Van der Kemp, 1752-1829: an autobiography, together with extracts from his correspondence

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1903 - United States - 230 pages
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Page 200 - 16. SIR : Your favor of Mar. 24 was handed to me just as I was setting out on a journey of time and distance, which will explain the date of this both as to time and place. The Syllabus, which is the subject of your letter, was addressed to a friend to whom I had promised a more detailed view, but finding I should never have time for that, I sent him what I thought should be the outlines of such a work, the same subject entering sometimes into the correspondence between Mr. Adams and myself, I sent...
Page 199 - Dutch merchants, who afterwards formed the Holland Land Company, warmly espousing the cause of this infant republic, came forward, at every hazard, to furnish her with supplies, in order to relieve the wants of her armies. The meritorious exertions of these individuals cannot be forgotten by the surviving patriots of the revolution, nor will the faithful records of history cease to attest them to posterity. The government of the United States, in the enjoyment of the blessings of peace and independence,...
Page 175 - ... which were suspended from my gun, to their acquisitions. This offer was kindly accepted. A general and desultory conversation ensued, and we arrived in a short time at a small village; and, on ascending the steps of an elegant house, I was congratulated by my new friends on my entry into Olden Barneveld. In the course of an hour, dinner was served up: I sat down and enjoyed a treat worthy to be compared to the Symposion of Plato. I soon found that these venerable friends were emigrants from Holland...
Page 175 - Symposior of Plato. I soon found that these venerable friends were emigrants from Holland — that they were men of highly cultivated minds, and polished manners — and that they had selected their habitations in this place, where they enjoyed "An elegant sufficiency, content, Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, Ease and alternate labor, useful life, Progressive virtue and approving Heaven.
Page 72 - I have had frequent and intimate conversations with him, and he has been of the utmost service to our cause. His unhappy situation, and unjust expulsion from his seat in Government, the opposition of the Court, and of his colleagues in the Regency, make it delicate to write freely concerning this nobleman. He has an independent fortune, though not called rich in this country. His parts and learning are equal to any, his zeal and activity superior. I dare not say in what a multitude of ways he has...
Page 177 - Company to fill up an important chasm in the history of this great state. Thus, my friend, I have made a great discovery. In a secluded, unassuming village, I have discovered the most learned man in America, cultivating, like our first parent, his beautiful and spacious garden with his own hands — cultivating literature and science — cultivating the virtues which adorn the fireside and the altar — cultivating the esteem of the wise and the good — and blessing with the radiations of his illumined...
Page 22 - Republic. 1 am happy in a friendly and familiar acquaintance with him, and shall certainly continue it, because his abilities and integrity, his industry, his great and growing popularity, and his influence . in the Assembly of the States of Holland, as well as in all the provinces and cities, will render him an important man, in spite of all the opposition of the Court.
Page 174 - WESTERN REGION, September, 1820. MY DEAR SIR: In one of my solitary walks with my gun on my shoulder and my dog by my side, I strayed eight or ten miles from my lodgings ; and as I was musing on the beauties of the country, and meditating on the various and picturesque scenes which were constantly unfolding, I was roused from my revery by voices which proceeded from persons at a short distance. In casting my eyes in that direction, I saw two venerable men with fishing rods in their hands angling...
Page v - Travels in the years 1791 and 1792 in Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont. Journals of John Lincklaen, agent of the Holland Land Co., with a biographical sketch and notes.

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