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E.A. Thomas, 1864 - Buffalo (N.Y.)

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Page 45 - THE BUFFALO HISTORICAL SOCIETY." The particular business and object of such Society and its general design is, to discover, procure, and preserve whatever may relate to the History of Western New York in general, and the City of Buffalo in particular...
Page 16 - ... and upon the top of it sat as many as a dozen Senecas, men and women, they, too, with the rest of us, gazing with astonishment at this sudden flood of life sweeping over them, coming they knew not whence, and going they knew not whither. It was marvellous! Land was wanted ; land to stand upon, land to speculate with ; land was gold! And then it seemed that all the opening West was to come with its harvest contributions floating right to Buffalo. Railroads then were not much thought of for carrying...
Page 24 - ... having agreed to the description and admeasurement above specified, and sufficient security having been given, according to the said act, the said ship or vessel has been duly registered at the port of...
Page 44 - the Society shall be called the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences," and that "the object of the Society shall be the pro' motion and study of the natural sciences through the formation of a museum and library, the procurement of lectures, and by such other means as shall be desirable and efficient for that purpose.
Page 11 - But many of us can .remember when the face of Buffalo was rather rough, and parts of the year too dirty with mire for washing to do any good. Main Street was as broad as Mr. Ellicott laid it out, but its mud was said to have no bottom. I have seen teams sloughed on Mohawk Street, near Delaware ; and one team I remember seeing sunk so deep, that it seemed to be going through, until another team was brought to drag out and rescue the sinkers. I saw a young lady one day sloughed in the middle of Pearl...
Page 16 - From the opening of the canal, in 1825, there was a rush of western emigration through Buffalo ; each year it grew greater than before ; the canal was crowded ; hotels all full ; warehouses groaned under their burdens ; vessels and steamers could not be built fast enough for the demands of business. I was here in the autumn of 1835, and one morning I was at the dock, with many other strangers, gazing upon the mighty heaving western tide. There was a pile of goods and furniture all along on Joy...
Page 15 - Tracy, and Potter, and Joy, and Webster, and Chapin, and the men who preached the Gospel, and those who taught the youth. Those men, the builders, almost all are gone; and if any one inquires for their monument, tell him to open his eyes, and look around ! Circumspice. But the most of those men who did so well, and the active men who came after them, are said to have made fools of themselves in the speculations of 1835, which were, indeed, as wild here in Buffalo, as anywhere in the country. There...
Page 45 - SOCIETY." 2. The general object of the Society shall be, to discover, procure and preserve whatever may relate to the history of Western New York in general, and the City of Buffalo in particular, and to gather statistics of the commerce, manufactures and business of the lake region, and those portions of the West that are intimately connected with the business of Buffalo.
Page 9 - SOCIETY, AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN : — My address must be historical ; it shall be chiefly pertinent to the rise, growth, and character of our city ; my subject is, " The Physiognomy of Buffalo." But in times like these, when momentous history is being made, and we are all so anxiously looking upon passing events, and straining forward to descry coming destinies — our threatened nationality to be maintained and liberty secured, our wealth and ourselves held ready for...
Page 10 - ... to the water; Erie Street to the mouth of the creek, where commerce must come; Niagara Street to Black Rock Ferry, which was a great institution in the early day; — and so on, to the completion of the plan. Mr. Ellicott, in laying out our city, had large ideas, and worked upon a magnificent scale. There is originality in the plan. He did not bring a map of New York or Boston or Albany, and lay it down here ; he wrought upon the inspiration of a magnificent hope, and we are greatly indebted...

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