Seeking NYC History

I’m working on a Call of Cthulhu scenario set in New York City, and it’s been slow going.  If anyone could suggest to me any sources that describe a traveler’s recollections of New York City around 1770 or so, I’d greatly appreciate it.  This is probably a library question, but the local one I normally access is closed for the weekend.

Published in: on May 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Not 1770s, but “American Notes for General Circulation” (Charles Dickens, 1842) is one I highly suggest.

  2. The period is close enough to the Revolution that you probably might start with say a general account of the British occupation’s description of the city and check their references. When I back at my library I’ll check a few things and let you know if anything turns up.

    Otherwise, maybe something from the Haklyut (sp). Society?

  3. Might something here be useful?

  4. If you don’t get any other leads, check out the mammoth Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 for pointers.

  5. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions. First prize will have to go to Bret Kramer for sending me a link to a description of the town – and managing to get it within a year of what I wanted:

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