"It would have done one's heart good, also, to have seen the valiant Peter, seated among the old burghers and their wives of a Saturday afternoon, under the great trees that spread over the battery, watching the young men and women as they danced on the green. Once, it is true, the harmony of the meeting was rather interrupted. A young vrouw, of great figure in the gay world, and who having lately come from Holland, of course led the fashions in the city, made her appearance in not more than half a dozen petticoats, and these, too, of most alarming shortness. A universal whisper ran through the assembly, the old ladies blushed, and felt excessively for the 'poor thing'--the whole assembly was thrown into great admiration, several grave country members were not a little moved, and the good Peter himself, who was a man of unparalleled modesty, felt himself grievously scandalized." Knickerbocker's New-York, Vol. ii, Book vii., Ch. 1. Loaned to the Gallery by T.H. Faile. [Pp. 12-13.]
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