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  • THE FALLS, 1896.

As one authority states, Cooper did not invent the name, but transferred it, which I think covers the ground completely.

"Dined at the tavern and rode on."

From these is extracted the following quotation:

Doctor Dwight made at least four visits to Glens Falls, the fourth in 1811, when he wrote:
"(April) 17th, (1776) Having breakfasted with Colonel Allen, we set off from Fort Edward on our way to Fort George. We had not got a mile from the fort when messenger from General Schuyler met us. He was sent with a letter by the general to inform us that Lake George was not open, and to desire us to remain at an inn kept by one Wing at seven miles distance from Fort Edward and as many from Fort George. The country between Wing's tavern and Fort Edward is very sandy and somewhat hilly. The principal wood is pine. At Fort Edward the river Hudson makes a sudden turn to the westward; it soon again resumes its former north course, for, at a small distance, we found it on our left and parallel with the road which we travelled, and which, from Fort Edward to Fort George, lies nearly north and south. At three miles, or thereabouts, from Fort Edward, is a remarkable fall in the river. We could see it from the road, but not so as to form any judgment of its height. We were informed that it was upwards of thirty feet, and is called the Kingsbury falls. We could distinctly see the spray arising like a vapor or fog from the violence of the falls. The banks of the river, above and below these falls for a mile or two, are remarkably steep and high, and appear to be formed or faced, with a kind of stone very much resembling slate. The banks of the Mohawk's river at the Cohooes are faced with the same sort of stone; it is said to be an indication of sea-coal. Mr. Wing's tavern is in the township of Queensbury, and Charlotte county; Hudson's river is not above a quarter of a mile from his house. There is a most beautiful fall in the river at this place. From still water, to the foot of the fall, I imagine the fall cannot be less than sixty feet, but the fall is not perpendicular; it may be about a hundred and twenty or a hundred and fifty feet long, and in this length, it is broken into three distinct falls, one of which may be twenty-five feet nearly perpendicular. I saw Mr. Wing's patent -- the reserved quit-rent is two shilling and sixpence sterling per hundred acres; but he informs me it has never been yet collected."

. Holden, History of Queensbury, p. 358 n.

In the first state gazetteer it was of course natural to notice Glens Falls. The work states:
. For some of the data herein I am indebted to Lapham & Parks. and C. B. Thompson of Glens Falls, and to J. Augustus Jones of South Glens Falls, of the staff of the Glens Falls Daily Times.


. Holden, History of Queensbury, p. 357 n.

. This is reproduced in Mary E. Phillips' James Fenimore Cooper, p. 124. Bartlett made four voyages to America between the years 1836 and 1852. (Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, New York [1903]. v. 1, p. 89). His sketch is probably of of the bridge erected about 1833.

. Lletter of Hon. Frank L. Bell, attorney and counselor at law, an expert an Adirondack land titles, of GlensFalls, N. Y., to the writer November 3, 1917.

. Holden, p. 25; Beauchamp, p. 239; Ruttenber, p. 71.

. This estimate being made without measurements, and as I have not at hand, any authority on the subject of the height of these falls, I wish the conjecture in the text to be regarded as such merely." (Not a bad guess, it being actually 40.5 teet. J. A. H.)

. Leyden, 1630, Elzevirs' edition.

. In a recent letter from a correspondent, C. B. Thompson of Glens Falls, who for many years, as one of the staff of Finch, Pruyn and Co., has been acquainted with the falls, it is stated that the shape of the cave has changed materially within his recollection from erosion and action of the water and the elements.

. See map marked "Nova Francia et Regiones Adiacenti."

. Journal Charles Carroll of Carrolton, during his Visit to Canada in 1776, Brantz Mayer, ed. for the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. 1876, P· 60-62.

. Miss Cooper's introduction, P· XLIII.

. The normal height of the falls as given me by an engineer is, crest of the dam at Glens Falls, above sea level, 261.5 feet, tide water 221 teet, leaving as the normal height 40.5 feet.

. Proceedlngs, New York State Historical Association, v. 6, p. 71.

. Tbe Sexagenary, or Reminiscences of the American Revolution, Albany, 1833, p. 26-27. Identfied as J. P. Backer of Easton, Washington oounty, by Rev. Dr. J. H. Brandow in his Old Saratoga.