A Tour of Four Great Rivers: The Hudson, Mohawk, Susquehanna, and Delaware in 1769

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Francis Whiting Halsey
C. Scribner's Sons, 1906 - Delaware River (N.Y.-Del. and N.J.). - 102 pages
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Page xvii - ... the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging ; under the reservations made in the treaty, unto our said sovereign lord, King George -the Third, his heirs and successors, to and for his and their own proper use and behoof, forever.
Page xviii - Tenements Hereditaments and Premises by these Presents granted ratified and confirmed, and every Part and Parcel thereof, with their and every of their appurtenances...
Page 67 - The people, as they came in, seated themselves on the mats, the men on one side of the house, and the women on the other. It was an undistinguished day, and the congregation was very small, not more than one hundred. When we entered, some said, There come some wild foreigners ; but when we sat down properly, and took off our shoes, they began to say, No, they are not wild ; they are civilized.
Page 47 - Last Night a drunken Indian came and kissed Col. Croghan and me very joyously ; here are natives of different Nations almost continually ; they visit the Deputy Superintendent as Dogs to the Bone for what they can get.
Page lvii - Sachim ; we have given the Susquehanne River which we won with the sword to this Government and desire that it may be a branch of that great tree that grows here, whose top reaches to the sun, under whose branches we shall shelter ourselves from the French or any other people...
Page 16 - Albany in the middle of the eighteenth century, says, " many persons have assured me that the Indians are frequently cheated in disposing of their goods, especially when they are in liquor, and that sometimes they do not get one-half or one-tenth of the value of their goods. I have been witness to several transactions of this kind.
Page xxxvi - Mr. Livingston has on his great grant of 16 miles long and 24 broad but 4 or 5 cottagers as I am told, men that live in vassalage under him and work for him and are too poor to be farmers, having not wherewithall to buy Cattle to stock a farm.
Page 67 - Parsnips & other Plants. There are now Two Plows in the Town together with cows, Hogs, Fowls, and Horses which they sell cheap but they never had any Sheep, and it is but of late that they have provided Hay for their Winter stock. Their Fences are miserable and the Land back of the village very indifferent. We found the Inhabitants civil and sober.
Page 1 - The Tenant for Life here tells me he pays to Col. Philips only 7 per Annum for about 200 acres of Land & thinks it an extravagant Rent because on his demise or Sale, his Son or Vendee is obliged to pay the Landlord one Third of the Value of the Farm for a Renewal of the Lease."92 Little wonder that Philipse tenants sought the better terms offered in the New Hampshire Grants.
Page 10 - Manor 2 in the County of Duchess. The Men were absent & the Women and children could speak no other Language than Low Dutch. Our Skipper was Interpreter. One of these Tenants for Life or a very long Term or for Lives (uncertain which) pays 20 Bushels of Wheat in Kind for 97 Acres of cleared Land & Liberty to get Wood for necessary uses any where in the Manor. Twelve eggs sold here for six pence, Butter 14 d per pound and 2 shad cost 61. One woman was very neat & the Iron Hoops of her Pails scowered...

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