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Title: name of New York City

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03411

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

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(name of New York City

The name of "New York," given in 16 , was also given [intent?] intended also a slur and insult to upon the Hollandic race. It was not only a compliment to the Duke of York, as (Charles's brother,) but a spite at insulting to the Dutch, whom the Duke ^of York as Admiral, had attacked ^[with?] the English fleet in their naval power (June 3d, 1665,) and had a fierce battle, each side claiming the advantage—though it probably lay with the Dutch.

(Pict England vol 3, p 6677)—The English king Charles 1st, at during his [reign?] having considerable war with Holland.

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Pict Eng. vol 3. 676-7.

1665—War between England and the United Provinces of the Nether- lands. The English had seized some Dutch settlements on the coast of Guinea. The Dutch retaliated by capturing English merchantmen.

1665-6 Plague in London, and other English cities— destroying, in five months, a hundred thousand people.

vol 3 p 678-9


Dutch invention

chain‑shot—invented by the great De Witt— and used in the great ^naval battle, (^1st and 2d and 3d June 1666) between the fleets of De Ruyter and Prince Rupert Monk, ^off the coast of Dunkirk where the English lost fearfully.


see Pict Eng vol 3, p 683 for Dutch naval dash ^under de Ruyter at England


see page 687

16[8?]68-6[illegible]—Charles 2d (and his brother) were venemously but afterwards there was an English and Dutch alliance as opposed to the Dutch Republic. Charles had a secret treaty with Louis 14th that they should destroy that nation, and divide its territory between them

vol 3 p 684 -87


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