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Historical Discourse on Boonton free pdf Excerpt from Historical Discourse on Boonton: Delivered Before the Citizens of Boonton, at Washington Hall, on the Evenings of September 21 and 28, and October 5, 1867 The larger portion of the following Historical Discourse on Boonton was written during the year 1859, and was first delivered before the citizens of said town on the evening of October 22nd of that year. Shortly after its delivery I obtained a considerable amount of new and interesting information relating to the early history of Old Boonton- and for the purpose of introducing it into its proper place and connection I found that it would be necessary to rewrite and rearrange the whole discourse. This tedious and laborious task was performed during the year 1860, with the intention of redelivering it at that time- but, owing to the then distracted condition of our country, its delivery was deferred until the year 1867, at which time it was redelivered as it now stands. It was originally written in three parts, under the caption of "Broonton - Past, Present and Future." I now present it exactly as it was delivered in 1867, divided under the three following headings: Part First - Old Boonton- Part Second - Boonton- Part Third - Miscellaneous Facts and Speculations. At the first delivery of this discourse, in 1859, there was a large and appreciative audience present, and parts one and two were well received- but part three, the Future, was pretty sharply criticised and ridiculed by few of the gentlemen then present. The visual organs of those gentlemen were not then quite keen enough to see things as yet unseen, and they denounced many of my well-planned visions of the future as altogether improbable, if not absolutely impossible. 'Tis true that many of the great events then just beginning to assume form and shape in the mighty womb of the future were then seen, if seen at all, "as through a glass darkly-" but, now that many of those predictions have been fully verified, those self-same gentlemen - the scales having fallen from their eyes can now see those then unseen things quite distinctly - yea, even in the full blaze of unclouded sunshine! But this is not all, for those self-same Rip Van Winkles now have the assurance to boldly exclaim, "Didn't I tell you so?" Many of the events that were predicted on that occasion(1859), and which were sneered at as the senseless fictions of a distempered imagination, have already become matters of history, and can now be seen by all. I was just then beginning to wear glasses myself- but still I thought, as I glanced my old spectacled eyes along down the bright vista of the future, that I could very clearly discern in the distance a vast sign-board, on which was very distinctly inscribed these cheering words: "Boonton's bound to go ahead!" And now the important fact occurs to my mind that of all the aged persons of whom I obtained valuable information at that time not one of them is at present living. Ripe in years and honors, those venerable old chroniclers have all passed away- and had these researches into our past history been deferred until the present time, much that has been rescued from the oblivious past would have been lost to us and our posterity forever. It was not my intention that this discourse should have been published during my own lifetime, for I very well know that the present age is not capable of appreciating such a production- but I feel quite confident that the Boontonians of the future will, and that they will thank me for the performance of the difficult task, rudely and imperfectly as it has been done. I now submit it for publication, in the hope that by multiplying its numbers it may be preserved and perpetuated until the facts which it contains shall be recognized and appreciated. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com

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Author : Isaac S Lyon
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1332137121
EAN : 9781332137121
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Number of Pages : 64 pages
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