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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839, by ELI Frencu, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
SCATCHERD AND ADAMS, PRINTERS,
THE HONORABLE SILAS WOOD,
LATE REPRESENTATIVE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED
STATES, FROM LONG ISLAND.
The idea of dedicating this volume to you was coexistent with the resolution to enter upon the compilation of it; and surely to no individual could it be so justly or appropriately inscribed, as to one, to whose talents, information, and indefatigable industry, the public are deeply indebted for the first attempt to perpetuate the civil and political history of Long Island. That publication has received, as it deserved, universal approbation; and it is therefore much to be regretted that your inclination for repose should have prevented you from preparing a new and enlarged edition of the “ Sketch of the first Settlement of the several Towns upon Long Island,” in which event the present compilation would not have been undertaken. The materials of your work have been so fully incorporated into the present, as to give it a particular claim to your favor. With sentiments of esteem and respect, I remain, Sir,
Your obt. Servant,
BENJ. F. THOMPSON.
January 1, 1839.