« AnteriorContinuar »
VOLUME I 1.
* So I, from the perishing and scattered Pamphlets and Discourses of these
PRINTED FOR THE SOCIETY,
BY WILLIAM VAN NORDEN, 39 WILLIAM ST.,
1 84 9.
It has been a matter of regret with those most interested in the progress of historical studies among us, that the series of Collections have not been more regularly published, and especially that so long an interval has been suffered to elapse since the issue of the first volume of the new series. The success which has attended the endeavors to infuse new life and spirit into the action of the Society, and to enlarge the sphere of its influence and usefulness, has seemed to reprove the delay in the discharge of this important branch of its duties. In order, therefore, to secure the publication of such materials as are otherwise not well preserved, or easily accessible to the public, the Society, at its meeting in June, 1817, ordered that the Executive Committee be directed, thereafter, before the meeting of the Society in January of each year, to cause to be prepared and published at least one part or number, of which two should form a volume, of Collections of the Society, to be similar in style to the first volume of the new series, and to be in continuation of the same, to consist of original contributions, or selected matter, as they may see fit. To this end they were authorized to call in the assistance of other members, and to make such arrangements for printing and publishing as
might be deemed best for the interest of the Society and the insuring an extensive circulation. In accordance with these instructions, the Executive Committee caused the first part of the present volume to be published in 1848, which is now completed by the publication of the second.
It is believed that there is no State in the Union, for the illustration of whose history, richer materials have been gathered, than the State of New York-indeed, it is a matter of no slight difficulty to select, from so much that is interesting and important. It will be observed that the principal portion of the present volume, like the preceding, is devoted to the history of New Netherland; and we may congratulate ourselves that this period so long regarded as obscure, dry and uninteresting, is likely to prove, in our present lights, one of the most interesting and instructive. The influences which can be traced, as flowing from these primitive fountains, through the subsequent periods of our history, modifying institutions, character and manners, have a value in the eyes of the historical student, which is not lessened by the obscurity in which they are generally involved: and the committee congratulate themselves and the Society, that, while they are not forgetful of the general objects of their association, they are enabled to point with becoming pride to their successful endeavors to rescue the fast perishing memorials of the earliest history of the commonwealth, whose position, character and influence, have alike contributed to make her the EMPIRE STATE.