Image from page 54 of “Stories of the Hudson” (1912)
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Identifier: storiesofhudson00irvirich
Title: Stories of the Hudson
Year: 1912 (1910s)
Authors: Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
Subjects: Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)
Publisher: New York, Dodge publishing company
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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ake it. How far master Hendrick Hudson and his worthymate carried their experiment with the sachems wife,is not recorded; neither does the curious Robert Juetmake any mention of the after consequences of thisgrand moral test; tradition, however, affirms that thesachem, on landing, gave his modest spouse a heartyrib-roasting, according to the connubial discipline ofthe aboriginals; it farther affirms that he remained ahard drinker to the day of his death, trading away allhis lands, acre by acre, for aqua vitse; by which meansthe Roost and all its domains, from Yonkers to SleepyHollow, came, in the regular course of trade, and byright of purchase, into the possession of the Dutch-men. The worthy government of the New Netherlandswas not suffered to enjoy this grand acquisition un-molested. In the year 1654, the losel Yankees of Con-necticut, those swapping, bargaining, squatting enemiesof the Manhattoes, made a daring inroad into thisneighborhood, and founded a colony called Westchester,

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The rocky heights oj Jersey Wolferts Roost 29 or, as the ancient Dutch records term it, Vest Dorp, inthe right of one Thomas Pell, who pretended to havepurchased the whole surrounding country of the In-dians, and stood ready to argue their claims before anytribunal of Christendom. This happened during the chivalrous reign of PeterStuyvesant, and roused the ire of that gunpowder oldhero. Without waiting to discuss claims and titles, hepounced at once upon the nest of nefarious squatters,carried off twenty-five of them in chains to the Man-hattoes; nor did he stay his hand, nor give rest to hiswooden leg, until he had driven the rest of the Yankeesback into Connecticut, or obliged them to acknowledgeallegiance to their High Mightinesses. In revenge,however, they introduced the plague of witchcraft intothe province. This doleful malady broke out at VestDorp, and would have spread throughout the countryhad not the Dutch farmers nailed horseshoes to thedoors of their houses and barns, sure

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