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Mentioned on page 129 of the journal The following is a translation of the note Views of the land on the southerly and southwesterly sides of the great bay between the Neversincks and Long Island 24 miles from New York A Coney island B The gate or opening to enter C Sandy hook D Rensselaer’s hook now the Neversink highlands E Some trees serving as a land mark probably on a line with Pigeon hill In order to sail in between the shoals keep SSW from them that is close to the Hook DEF The land called the Neversinckx F Kil van kol Alias it appears from Jacques Cortelyou’s house at Najak Fort Hamilton on Long Island The bank drawn on the right is the West bank Porpoises are still common in the bay but whales at that time frequently captured along our coast are now rarely seen


This view taken from Brooklyn heights will prove exceedingly interesting to the local antiquarians of New York from the number of details which are given of the city as it was in 1679 The draughtsman has tried to copy what he saw with minute accuracy and without the least attempt to produce any effect The city was at this time just beginning to creep beyond the palisades on Wall street which for fifty years had bounded it on the north It is unnecessary here to describe the different details represented which no doubt will be studied and compared with other views and with plans and documents of the period We merely draw attention to the accuracy of the view as proved by the fact that one block the left hand one in the view with thirteen houses corresponds precisely with the plan given in Valentine’s Manual of the Corporation of New York which shows fourteen lots on the same block fronting on Pearl street or the Heere graft The middle house in the view occupies two of these lots testing therefore the precision of the drawing The fort with its church the dock the Stadthuys the halfmoon forts the guard house at the water gate foot of Wall street the ship yards and the windmills on the hill near the corner of the present Fulton street and Broadway are all to be seen in this curious sketch From it an enlarged view of the Stadthuys once the city tavern has been made and is given on plate VIII.