by Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the City of New York; Purple, Samuel S. (Samuel Smith), 1822-1900
Presents in an accurate and succinct form the initiative of the discovery and settlement and the introduction of religious and civilized customs and las into New Netherland and New York — particularly in their bearings upon the status of the marriage question anterior to and during a part of the period covered by these Records. In doing so it will be easily perceived that the task imposed is beset with doubts which learned historians, eminent clergy, and erudite counselors in law have but partially dispelled. Has the want of recorded facts caused this difficulty? Or have the customs and laws been but dimly outlined in history?
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