Leadership

OLD VOLUNTEERS.

Issue 3 and Volume 1.

OLD VOLUNTEERS. LEADING FIRES IN THE EARLY DAYS OF NEW YORK CITY. There are many old residents of New York City who claim that the first firo of any magnitude on Manhattan Island, was that of 1836. Such is not the case, for as early as the Revolutionary war the city was visited with a serious conflagation, full as heavy in those days as that of 1835, or even 1845, whon one comes to consider the size of tho city, and its population. The first fire of any note, was in tho year 1776. It began late in the night of Friday, September 20, and commenced in a small wooden house on the wharf noar the Whitehall slip, which was then the habitation of men andwomen of low repute. The inhabitants at that time numbered butfew, and the boundaries of tho city extended on the North River side up as…

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