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THE WILDERNESS TO THE SEA.
BENSON J. LOSSING.
ILLUSTRATED BY THREE HUNDRED AND SIX ENGRAVINGS ON WOOD,
FROM DRAWINGS BY THE AUTHOR,
AND A FRONTISPIECE ON STEEL.
FI27 • 1817
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the
year 1866, BY VIRTUE & YORSTON, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern
District of New York.
HE pen and pencil sketches of the Hudson River
and its associations contained in this Volume, were made by the writer a few years ago, and were published in a series of numbers of the
London Art-Journal (for which they were originally prepared) during the years 1860 and 1861. They have been revised by the writer for publication in the present form, changes in persons and things requiring
such revision. It is impossible to give in pictures so necessarily small as are those which illustrate this Volume, an adequate idea of the beauty and grandeur of the scenery of the Hudson River; so, in the choice of subjects, the judgment was governed more by considerations of utility than of mere artistic taste. Only such objects have been delineated and described as bore relations to the history, traditions, and business life of the river here celebrated, whose course, from the Wilderness to the Sea, measures a distance of full three hundred miles.
The reader will bear in mind that when the present tense is used, allusion is made to the beginning of the year 1866, at which time the revision of these sketches was made.
B. J. L.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., March, 1866.