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Southern District of New York, ss.

of In Independence of the United States of America, HENRY M. FRANCIS, John B. BECE, ISAAC MELY, ANTHONY BLEECKER, and JoBN PINTARD, of the said District, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words fol. lowing, to wit:

“ Collections of the New-York Historical Society, for the year 1821. Volume III."
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled " An Act for the
encourgement or Learning by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors
and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned " And also to an Act, entitled
“ an Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by
securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies,
during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing,
engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

Clerk of the Southern District New-York.


The Historical Society cannot submit their present volume of Collections to the public, without the accustomed privilege of prefatory observation.

Several years have elapsed since the appearance of their second volume ; during which time their exertions have been directed chiefly to augmenting their catalogue of books, and "adding to their collection of historical documents. In these respects they have been peculiarly saccessful. Through the activity of their members, and the liberality of individuals, they have obtained the manuscripts of several distinguished actors in the late American revolution, and they venture to declare, that their Collection, both in value and extent, is unequalled in any institution in the country. Their library is large and extensive, and, by a recent arrangement, affords every facility to historical research consistent with its safety.* In making these efforts, the Society were induced to anticipate their resources, not without consequent embarrassment. But they have now sufficient reason to believe that the munificent act of the Legislature of 1814, will be realized during the ensuing winter; in which event, a design long and ardently cherished, will be prosecuted, of publishing an annual volume. For this purpose the most ample and valuable materials are already prepared.

In forming the present volume of materials which have been already before the public, they have not acted unadvi. sedly. Anniversary addresses are, for the most part, dedicated to purposes of form, and generally subservient to the occasion. But they are induced to think differently of the essays now here first collected. They not only discuss subjects important in themselves, but intimately connected with the views of the Society. That the subjects are treated in a

The 'Library of the Society is open on the Wednesday and Saturday of each week, under the attendance of Mr. Hutchins, the sub-librarian.

popular manner, will not, it is hoped, exclude them from the attention of the learned. Public opinion has indeed pronounced so highly of their merits, that a general wish was manifested to secure to them a more permanent duration than is usually allotted to the fugitive form in which they first appeared.

The latter portion of the volume consists of communications highly interesting. The Letters of the late Hon. Samuel Jones, procured through the zeal of a most active member, are so valuable and so pertinent, that they excite a regret that the distinguished writer had not found leisure for more extensive contributions.

Mr. Bozman, in searching the records of Maryland, for the composition of his valuable history, discovered a correspondence, held at an early date, between the authorities of that state and our own, when a Dutch colony. These records throw much light on our affairs at that period, and the Society acknowledge with pleasure, their obligations to the zeal by which they were procured.

Dr. Mease, of Philadelphia, in an interesting memoir, has described the medals which have been struck at different times, in honour of our heroes, and every American will applaud the patriotic feeling which induced that gentleman to make better known the honours awarded by a grateful country, to the vindicators of her independence, and the defenders of her rights.

In the year 1814, the Honourable the Corporation of this city, granted the Society the spacious and convenient apartments in which they hold their meetings. No doubt exists, that, on the expiration of their lease, the same liberality will continue to them their present advantages. On their part, the Society will omit no exertion to fulfill the high duties to which they are pledged, having ample reason, in the review of the past, to indulge the most flattering anticipations.





Members of the Society...


Officers, &c. of the Society...


An Inaugural Discourse delivered before the New-York Historical Society, by

the Hon. Governeur Morris, President, September, 1816......


Anniversary Discourse delivered before the New-York Historical Society,

December 7, 1818, by Gulian C. Verplanck, Esq....


Biographical Memoir of Hugh Williamson, M. D. L.L. D. delivered 1st No-

vember, 1819, by David Hosack, M. D, L.L. D. F. R. S. L. and E........125

A Discourse on the Religion of the Indian Tribes of North America, delivered

before the New-York Historical Society, December 20, 1819, by the Rev.

Samuel Farmar Jarvis, D. D..


An Inaugural Address delivered before the New-York Historical Society, on

the 2d Tuesday of February, 1820, by David Hosack, M. D. President of

the Society......


An Anniversary Discourse delivered before the New-York Historical Society,

on Tuesday, December 28, 1820, by Henry Wheaton, Esq....... .281

Communications from the late Honourable Samuel Jones, of Oyster-Bay,

Queen's County, containing remarks on Clinton's Historical Discourse,

Spafford's Gazetteer, the last edition of the Revised Laws, Smith's History

of New-York, &c.; submitted to the Society, by John Pintard, Esq. of



An Extraet from the Records in the Council Chamber, in the city of Annapo-

lis, in the state of Maryland, relative to the dispute between the govern-

ment of New-Netherlands (now New-York) and the Lord Proprietary of

Maryland, concerning the title of the Dutch to the Territories on the Dela-

ware, (now state of Delaware ;) taken from the book entitled “Council,

&c. H. H. 1656 to 1668, &c. pa. 43.” Communicated by John L. Bozman,

Esq. of Baltimore...


Description of some of the Medals struck in relation to important events in

North America, before and since the Declaration of Independence of the

United States. By James Mease, M. D, of Philadelphia, honorary member

of the Society.


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