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Catalog Number KSa020636
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1848/12/13
Scope & Content Stony Brook, Dec. 15th, 1848
My dear Sir,
"Strike while the iron is hot." I am pleased to slay that there are a few mortals living (and you are one of them) that go in for cleanliness and health, in spite of the demonical grin of the monster Cholera, as he looks upon the dirty City as so much capital to commence business upon.,
In the year 1825, it was the law and the daily practice in the City of N. York for every man to sweep and scrape the dirt from his own door into the centre of the street, early every morning. At nine o'clock The Corporation Carts would remove the dirt- Every nuisance thrown into the streets was fineable. Then the laws were maintained, and the citizens and strangers walked erect without fear of having their feet soiled, and their noses drawn out of character by villianous smells. Then man moved as a man but not as a hog moveth. Those pleasant days were not to last long-some designing politicians whispered to the people that it was burdensome to clean before one's own door, and if the good folks and people would give them their votes, they might set aside the hoe and shovel. The good deluded public smiled, the deed was done, and the great and growing City of New York has stunk ever since.
I remain yours truly a reader of your paper and an exile from the City until it is thoroughly cleaned. . . .
Credit line Museum Collection.