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New York Times, 1897

A Very Large Attendance of Prominent Men - A Menu with a Very Strong Dutch Flavor.

The first annual banquet of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America was given at the Hotel Manhattan last night. The banquet hall of the hotel was filled to its utmost capacity. More than 200 persons, members of the order and their guests, sat down to one of the most elegant and elaborate dinners ever given in this city.

As the banquet was commemorative of the proclamation of "Burgher Government" for "Nieuw Amsterdam," 244 years ago, everything bore a tinge of old Holland or of Knickerbocker New York. The menu had a very strong Dutch flavor. It was as follows:

Dishes for Ye Feaste

Thus Ayre and Earthe, bothe sea and land, yielde store of Nature's daynties.

Sandwiches prepared for ye Palates of ye Founders and Patriots with ye proper Moysture.

Oisters as Founde at ye James-towne. Chicken Soupe as compounded by ye Madam Alice Bradford.

Turtle Soupe by ye Recipe of ye Anneke Jans.

Celerie and Raddishes grown on ye Director's bouwerie;

Almonds just received from ye West Indies. Timbales of Crabbes and Oisters as Enjoyed by ye Hendrik Hudson.

Manhaddoes Sole, with Cucumbers from ye Midwout and Potatoes as Prepared by ye Madam Schuyer at Beverwyck.

Salem Beefe, with Connecticut Love Apples. Chicken, as suited to the taste of ye Worshipful Governor Winthrop, with ye Beans.

Nieuw Netherland's Canvas Back Ducks and Salad from ye Paulus Hoeck.

Figge Puddinge as Comforted ye Hearte of Ye Reverend Cotton Mather.

Pieter Stuyvesant Congealed Creame and Cakes baked at Nieuw Amsterdam.

Standishe cheese.

Sweetes just come in from ye East Indies and Fruites from ye Islands of Jamaica.

Colonial Coffee.

There will be Served ye Suitable Beverages necessary Properly to digest ye Dishes of ye Feaste from ye Cellar of ye late Director, William Kieft.

Two Trees and Flags

Two novelties were introduced—the presentation of flags and a cedar and a pine tree. In the midst of the dinner the Secretary of the General Court of the order, John Quincy Adams, presented the trees. To the cedar was attached a certificate that it was out from Jamestown Island, and to the pine a similar certificate that it was cut from the soil of Plymouth.

The flags were presented at the end of the banquet. Thomas L. James, former Postmaster General, made the presentation speech, stating that they had been given to the order by W. A. Halsey, Governor of the New Jersey Society. They were received on the part of the order by Dr.Thomas Egleston of Columbia College. One of them was the National colors, and the other was the Cross of St. George, under which the early navigators of the colonies sailed, explored, and fought. The latter has been adopted as the standard of the order. It consists of the red cross of St. George on a white field, similar to the flag used in the colonies from 1607 to 1657, except that the upper left-hand square is dark blue in color, with a circle in the centre of thirteen white stars, similar to the union in the flag adopted June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Continental Congress.

Those Who Were Present

The banquet was distinguished by the number of descendants of the Colonial and Revolutionary families that attended it. The Puritans of Plymouth, the Dutch of New Amsterdam, and the Cavaliers of Jamestown were all represented. Among those present were:

John Quincy Adams, Secretary General of the order; Frederic Allen Angell, James Jerome Belden, George C. Batcheller, William B. Baldwin, Frederick A. R. Baldwin, Gen. Dwight H. Bruce, Theodore M. Banta, Secretary of Holland Society; Dr. G. B. Balch, Commodore David Banks, Order of Foreign Wars; J. N. Beach, Albert Bunker, George R. Bunker, Homer L. Bartlett, Jonas H. Brooks, Robert E. Bonner. William Everts Benjamin, James M. Belden, Samuel
V. Constant, Edward Pliny Chapin, Deputy Governor General; Edward P. Cone, Charles B. Corwin, Edward V. Cary, John C. Champion, Walter Chandler, Dr. B. G. Clarke, L. A. Cole, Dr. Colin Smith Carter, Edward H. Clark, Senator Frank J. Cannon, Representative Joseph G. Cannon of Illinois, Clarence L. Collins, Col. Harry C. Cushman, Gen. Nicholas W. Day, Postmaster Charles W. Dayton, Gen. Ferdinand P. Earle, the Rev. William R. Eastman, Dr. Thomas Egleston, Historian General of the order; John Elderkin, James W. Eaton, Peter J. Elting, Huguenot Society.

Stewart W. Eames, John C. Eames, the Rev. Joseph F. Folsom, the Rev. Elmer S. Forbes, Morris P. Ferris, Attorney General of the order; B. Fernow, State Archivist; Charles S. Fairchild, Nicholas Fish. ex-Gov.

Roswell P. Flower, Edward N. G. Greene, William W. Goodrich, Charles M. Glazier, Col. Frederick Dent Grant, Governor General of the order; Rear Admiral B. Gherardi, Col. Lewis C. Hopkins, Edwin A. Hills, Matthew Hinman, Henry Anson Hoyt, Major Francis L. Hills, George Long Hutchings, James H. Headley, William A. Hal. soy, George E. Halsey, Major Robert' E. Hopkins, Charles A. Hoyt, Edward Hinman, Charles Field Haseltine of Philadelphia, George R. Howe, Charles B. Hubbell, President Board of Education; Col. William L. Herrmance of the Loyal Legion, Frank Hasbrouck, Vice President Holland Society; the Rev. Alexander Hamilton, Henry S. Hoyt, George R. Howell, Henry Hall, Col. Charles A. Jewell, Dr. Oliver Livingston Jones, Col. E. C. James of the Mayflower Society, William Adelbert Jones, Geri. Thomas L. James, M. A. Knapp, Inter-State Railway Commissioner; S. F. Kneeland of the Governor's staff, George W. Livermore.

Charles W. Lippitt, Governor of Rhode Island; Rear Admiral Richard W. Meade, Major Frank W. Mix, Howard Marshall, Henry Lincoln Morris, Jonathan Flynt Morris, Treasurer General of the order; Frederick A. Mandeville, Capt. Samuel Emlen Meigs. Appleton Morgan, Perit Colt Myers, Frederick R. Meigs, Mandeville Mower, Society of the War of 1812; Warner Miller, Thomas S. Moore, Francis D. Nichols, Orville Oddie, District Attorney W. K. Olcott, Edward Lang Perkins, A. S. Patterson, Morton F. Plant, Dr. Francis M. Perkins, 1 John D. Pray, Howard Sumner Robbins, Registrar General of the order; Isaac Gilbert Robbins, Major Gen. Thomas H. Ruger, Mayor William L. Strong, G. Hilton Scribner, Col. Richard H. Savage, Edward P. Steers, the Rev. Dr. C. Ellis Stevens, Dr. Gouverneur M. Smith, Society of Colonial Wars; Dr. Henry A. Stimson, Miles A. Stafford, J. S. Sherman, Gen. Benjamin F. Tracy. Justice Charles H. Truax, President of the Holland Society; Dr. Willis G. Tucker, Dr. Dwight Tracy, J. Kennedy Tod, St. Andrew's Society; Alexander R. Thompson, Sons. of the Revolution; Major Henry S. Turrill, United States Army; Augustus Van Wyck, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer.

James Stevenson Van Cortlandt, Order of the Cincinnati; Robert Taylor Varnum, Colonial Order; Abraham B. Valentine, Colonial Wars; Gen. Alexander S. Webb, Gen. James G. Wilson, T. Chester Wallbridge, Colonial Wars; Rollin H. Wilbur, Charles W. B. Wilkinson. Henry A. Wilson, John Winslow, Gen. William H. Watson, James Le B. Willard, the Rev. Daniel F. Warren, William R. Week's, William F. Waterbury, Stephen Mott Wright, Sons of American Revolution; S. V. White, John S. Wise, W. A. Wilbur, Dr. Henry Randall Waite. J. C. Young, Eugene Zieber, Beverly Chew, Chancellor Colonial Order; Abraham Garretson, Lorenzo Daniels, Cecil J. Allen, Gerald Berry, B. T. Morgan, C. R. Sher-lock.

After the Banquet

Col Frederick Dent Grant, who, as Governor General of the order, presided at the banquet, acted as toastmaster.

"We have selected as our initial date," he said, " May 13, 1607, when the first successful English colony landed in America, at Jamestown, Va. The early colonists, who,for a principle, left their native land to face and conquer a wilderness, were the "founders of America, and were the ancestors of the patriots who established this Nation, Which has become the haven of the oppressed of the world, for the United States of America is now a Nation without a master and without a slave."

Col. Grant then introduced Judge William W. Goodrich as a descendant of those settlers in Connecticut who passed a resolution that "they would live by the laws of God until they had time to draft better ones."

Judge Goodrich said: "There is danger in our times. Restless men, unsatisfied labor, repressed humanity, financial cranks, Nihilists, Socialists, and Anarchists are flocking to our shores. The Nation is entering into the mists, the unknown and shadowy mists of a great and coming conflict of ideas. The contest is between American ideas and the Old World ideas, between liberty and feudalism, between free thought and repressed thought."

Justice Augustus Van Wyck of the Supreme Court responded to the toast " Nieuw Amsterdam and the Dutch." Gen. B. F. Tracy spoke on "The Day We Celebrate," but confined himself to praise of the char-ter he had assisted in drafting. He said that among the good results it would accomplish would be that it would "free New York City from the Legislature of New York." Among other speakers were Mayor Strong and Rear Admiral Gherardi.

The New York Times
Published: February 3, 1897
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