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Page 145, in the top line, omit the word “ 'foregoing.”
Page 151, in the top line, for the words “the river, being” read “Sweet Briar alley, in.” And in lieu of the sixth and seventh lines from the top, read “Under authority of a joint resolution passed by the Legislature, April 2, 1821, viewers, headed by Archibald M'Allister, were appointed between the commissioners and owners of lots running in front of the Capitol to the river, between North and South streets, who reported the value of said lots, as held by the owners, to be $21,400, which unexpected estimate caused the project of their purchase by the State to be abandoned.”
Page 211, in the second line from the bottom, for “Berks” read “ Lebanon."
Page 233, in the eleventh line from the top, for “or” read “of." In the fourteenth line from the bottom, for “wooding” read “wood.”
Page 231, in the seventh line from the top, between the words “of” and “equal” insert the word “nearly." In the tenth line from the bottom, after the word “alley,” read “ to the front wall of the building."
Page 278, in the eighth line from the top, for "In” read “ Previous to.”
Page 308, in the tenth line from the top, for weight” read “six.”
Page 323, in the fifteenth line from the top, for fourteen” read “sixteen;" and in the next line below, for “sixteen” read “ fourteen."
Page 324, in the third line from the top, for “M’Marland” read “M’Farland ;” and in the next line below, for “Carman” read “ Can
Page 355, in the eighth line from the top, between the words - The Paxton” insert the word “first.” In the same line and the next, in lieu of the words «still standing about three miles from Harrisburg, was erected about the year 1722,” read “was erected about the year 1732."
Page 357, in the sixth line from the bottom, for the words “who died several years ago," read “still living in one of the Western States."
Page 361, in the eleventh line from the top, for “Hale” read “ Hall."
Page 377, in the seventh line from ihe top, for “David J. Krause" read “ David G. Krause.”
Page 380, in the seventh line from the top, for "1824” read “1825.”
Says that accomplished and indefatigable annalist, Watson, “Our love of antiquities—the contemplation of days by-goneis an impress of the Deity. It is our hold on immortality. The same affection which makes us reach forward and peer into futurity, prompts us to travel back to the hidden events which transpired before we existed. We thus feel our share of existence prolonged even while we have the pleasure to identify ourselves with the scenes or the emotions of our forefathers. For the same cause relics are so earnestly sought and sedulously pre- , served. They are full of local impressions,' and transfer the mind back to scenes before.'”
The object of this work is to rescue from the ebbing tide of oblivion all those forgotten memorials of unpublished facts and observations, or reminiscences and traditions, which will serve to illustrate the domestic history of Harrisburg, past and present.
It is designed as a museum of whatever is rare, surprising or agreeable concerning the primitive days of our sturdy forefathers, or of the subsequent changes by their sons, either in the alterations or improvements of given localities, or in the modes and forms of "changing men and manners.” It is a picture of the doings and characteristics of a “buried age." By the images
which their recital creates in the imagination, the ideal presence is generated, and we talk and think with “men of other days."
Herein the aged citizen may travel back in memory to the scenes and gambols of their sportive boyhood days; and the youth of the borough may regale their fancies with recitals as novel and marvellous to their wondering minds as the “ Arabian Tales," even while they have the gratification to commingle in idea with the plays and sports of their own once youthful ancestors. The dull, unheeding citizen who writes "nil admirari" of the most of things, may here see cause to “wonder that he never saw before what the compiler shows him, and that he never yet had felt what he impresses.”
To natives of Harrisburg settled in distant lands, these particulars concerning the “old homestead” will present the most welcome gifts their friends here could offer them.
It is not too romantic to presume that a day is coming, if not already arrived, when the memoribilia of Harrisburg, and of its primitive inhabitants, so different from the present, will be highly appreciated by all those who can feel intellectual pleasure in travelling back through the “vale of years, and conferring with the "mighty dead.” Such will give their thanks and gratitude to labors as humble as these, for the compiler has not aimed to give them that “painted form” which might allure by its ornaments of rhetoric; he has rather repressed the excursive fancy he sometimes could not but feel. His object has not been to say all which could have been adduced on every topic, but to gather up the segregated facts in their several cases which others had oyerlooked or disregarded, or to save fugitive facts which others bad neglected. In this way he has chiefly labored to furnish the material by which better or more ambitious writers could elaborate more formal history, and from which, as a repository, our poets and painters, and imaginative authors could deduce themes for their own and their country's glory. Scanty, therefore, as these crude materials may seem, “ fiction" may some day lend its charms to amplify and consecrate Facts, and “tales of ancient Harrisburg" may be "touched by genius and made immortal.”
The materials for the work have been chiefly derived from the Archives of the State, County, and Borough offices; Hazzard's Pennsylvania Register; Watson's Annals; Colonial Records; Legislative Documents; Graydon's Memoirs; Rupp's History of Dauphin County, &c.; Day's Historical Recollections; Pennsylvania Gazetteer; files of old newspapers, and from old citizens generally, among whom the compiler is particularly indebted to Messrs. Geo. W. Harris, Valentine Hummel, Sr., David Harris, Joseph Wallace, George Eicholtz, Robert Gill. more, James Peacock, Francis Wyeth, and John Roberts, for valuable aid.