Whitmans for generations. Fish-shaped, as Whitman loved to picture it, it stretches away from New York, running a little to the north of east, for one hundred and twenty-five miles, with an average breadth of about twelve. On the north it has several fine harbours, in the middle a ridge of low hills, on the south a scarcely broken stretch of narrow, desolate, dangerous beach, protecting the inner waters of a chain of bays. The western settlements in the island were originally Dutch jthe eastern were made by the English, Independents of the old breed, shut off from Connecticut by the Sound, and from New York by the sandy wilderness, but sturdily content in their isolation. Journeying east from New York, even as late as Whitman schildhood, one soon passed out of the village of Brooklyn and its outlying farms into the great Hempstead plain, un broken by tree, shrub, or fence, a pasture-ground for sheep and cattle, who fattened on the coarse grass that grew abundantly in its black but thin soil. Then, as the mould became mixed with sand, came the brushy plains of scrub oak.
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.
Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org