THE BENSON JOHN LOSSING
RECOGNIZING THE WORK OF BOTH THE ELDER
AND THE YOUNGER WILLIAM LEETE STONE
My purpose in creating this site is to provide general access to some of the more interesting historical works of the nineteenth century. Men like Lossing (1813-1891), Col. William Leete Stone (1792-1844) and his son, also William Leete Stone (1835-1908), while they did not have the advantage of having been "academically trained", gave us a legacy of historical writing which preserved aspects of our collective past that would otherwise have died with the participants.
I first became acquainted with Col. Stone while transcribing Cadwallader Colden's "MEMOIR AT THE CELEBRATION OF THE COMPLETION OF THE NEW YORK CANALS", which can be accessed through the University of Rochester's Erie Canal site. Stone accompanied the small flotilla of canal boats which made the first trip from Buffalo to New York City in October and November of 1825 and left a wonderful description of that trip. I tripped over Lossing when I saw (and won), on e-bay, "The Hudson, from the Wilderness to the Sea" (1866). The younger Stone lived much in Saratoga Springs, NY, and produced several works concerning the immediate area of Saratoga County, where I reside.
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Page created and maintained by Bill Carr, last updated 07/06/2003.
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