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Chap. I.-In which is exhibited a warlike Portrait of the great Peter-of the

windy contest of General Van Poffenburgh and General Printz, and of the

Mosquito War on the Delaware


Chap. II.-Of Jan Risingh, his giantly person and crafty deeds; and of the

Catastrophe at Fort Casimir


CHAP. III.--Showing how profound secrets are often brought to light; with the

proceedings of Peter the Headstrong when he heard of the misfortunes of

General Van Poffenburgh


Chap. IV.--Containing Peter Stuyvesant's Voyage up the Hudson, and the

wonders and delights of that renowned river


CHAP. V.--Describing the powerful Army that assembled at the city of New-

Amsterdam--together with the interview between Peter the Headstrong

and General Von Poffenburgh, and Peter's sentiments touching unfortunate

great men.


Chiap. VI. --In which the Author discourses very ingeniously of himself-after

which is to be found much interesting history about Peter the Headstrong

and his followers


Chap. VII.--Showing the great advantage that the Author has over his Reader

in time of Battle--together with divers portentous movements; which

betoken that something terrible is about to happen


Cirap. VIII.--Containing the most horrible batile ever recorded in poetry or

prose ; with the admirable exploits of Peter the Headstrong


CE AP. IX.--In which the Author and the Reader, while reposing after the

battle, fall into a very grave discourse, after which is recorded the conduct of

Peter Stuyvesant after his victory


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Cuar. I.—How Peter Stuyvesant relieved the Sovereign People from the bur-

then of taking care of the nation ; with sundry particulars of his conduct

in the time of peace, and of the rise of a great Dutch aristocracy


Chap. II.—How Peter Stuyvesant labored to civilize the community-how he

was a great promoter of holydays--how he instituted kissing on New-

Year's Day-how he distributed fiddles throughout the New-Netherlands

-how he ventured to reform the Ladies' petticoats, and how he caught a



Chap. III.—How troubles thicken on the province--how it is threatened by

the Helderbergers--The Merrylanders, and the Giants of the Susque-



CHAP. IV.-How Peter Stuyvesant adventured into the East Country, and how

he fared there


Chap. V.—How the Yankees secretly sought the aid of the British Cabinet in

their hostile schemes against the Manhattoes


Chap. VI.-Of Peter Stuyvesant's Expedition into the East Country, showing

that, though an old bird, he did not understand trap


Chap. VII.—How the people of New-Amsterdam were thrown into a great

panic, by the news of the threatened invasion, and the manner in which

they fortified themselves


Chap. VIII.- How the Grand Council of the New-Netherlands were miracu-

lously gifted with long tongues in the moment of emergency-showing the

value of words in warfare.


Chap. IX.—In which the troubles of New-Amsterdam appear to thicken--

showing the bravery in time of peril, of a people who defend themselves

by resolutions


Chap. X.-Containing a doleful disaster of Antony the Trumpeter-and how

Peter Stuyvesant, like a second Cromwell, suddenly dissolved a Rump



Chap. XI.—How Peter Stuyvesant defended the city of New-Amsterdam for

several days, by dint of the strength of his head


Chap. XII.-Containing the dignified retirement, and mortal surrender of Peter

the Headstrong


Chap. XIII. - The Author's reflections upon what has been said



The following work, in which, at the outset, nothing more wis contem. plated than a temporary jeu d'esprit, was commenced in company witii my brother, the late Peter Irving, Esq. Our idea was to parody a small hand-book which had recently appeared, entitled “A Picture of NewYork." Like that, our work was to begin with an historical sketch; to be followed by notices of the customs, manners, and institutions of the city; written in a serio-comic vein, and treating local errors, follies, and abuses with good-humored satire.

To burlesque the pedantic lore displayed in certain American works, our historical sketch was to commence with the creation of the world; and we laid all kinds of works under contribution for trite citations, rele. vant or irrelevant, to give it the proper air of learned research. Before this crude mass of mock erudition could be digested into form, my brother departed for Europe, and I was left to prosecute the enterprise alone.

I now altered the plan of the work. Discarding all idea of a parody on the Picture of New-York, I determined that what had been originally intended as an introductory sketch, should comprise the whole work, and form a comic history of the city. I accordingly moulded the mass of citations and disquisitions into introductory chapters forming the first book; but it soon became evident to me that, like Robinson Crusoe with bis boat, I had begun on too large a scale, and that, to launch my history sitccessfully, I must reduce its proportions. I accordingly resolved to l'ontine it to the period of the Dutch domination, which, in its rise

progress, and decline, presented that unity of subject required bf classic rule. It was a period, also, at that time almost a terra incognita in history. In fact, I was surprised to find how few of my fellow-citizens were aware that New-York had ever been called New-Amsterdam, or had heard of the names of its early Dutch governors, or cared a straw about their ancient Dutch progenitors.

This, then, broke upon me as the poetic age of our cy; poetic from its very obscurity; and open, like the early and obscure days of ancient Rome, to all the embellishments of heroic fiction. I hailed my native city, as fortunate above all other American cities, in having an antiquity thus extending back into the regions of doubt and able; neither did I conceive I was committing any grievous historical sin in helping out the few facts I could collect in this remote and forgotten region with figments of my own brain, or in giving characteristic attributes to the few names connected with it which I might dig up from oblivion.

In this, doubtless, I reasoned like a young and inexperienced writer, besotted with his own fancies; and my presumptuous trespasses into this sacred, though neglected, region of history have met with deserved rebuke from men of soberer minds. It is too late, however, to recall the shaft thus rashly launched. To any one whose sense of fitness it may wound. I can only say with Hamlet,

Let my disclaiming from a purposed evil
Free me so far in your most generous thoughts,
That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,
And hurt my brother,

I will say this in further apology for my work : that if it has taken an unwarrantable liberty with our early provincial history, it has at least turned attention to that history and provoked research. It is only since this work appeared that the forgotten archives of the province have been rummaged, and the facts and personages of the olden time rescued crom

the dust of oblivion and elevated into whatever importance they may o du.

ally possess.

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