Later Geographies 343
On sou'west end New York doth stand, Investing all that point of land. . . . Not fully regular it's plann'd, Yet very elegant and grand. . . . The streets present diversity, And suited to conveniency, The Broadway has still more of taste Than any street in all the place. . . . A street three-score and ten feet wide, And gently rising from the tide, Its edifices bold and grand, Present themselves on either hand; The most magnificent of all, Known by the name of Fed'ral Hall, For pleasantness, it is agreed, And health, few places this exceed. In summer come, on every side, The cooling breezes from the tide. For winter mildness few excel This city, of same parallel.
In the prose portion of the book are several curious " paradoxes." Here is one of them : —
Three men went on a journey, in which, though their heads travelled 12 yards farther than their feet, all returned alive, with their heads on.
The Solution explains that " If any person should travel round the globe, the space travelled by his head will exceed that his feet travelled" by about the number of yards mentioned.
The next geography from which I make selection is by Benjamin Davies. It was published in 1813.