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THIS DAY IN NEW YORK HISTORY

Two hundred years ago today, the following notice appeared in the Evening Post:

DISTRESSING.

Left his lodgings some time since, and has not since been heard of, a small elderly gentleman, dressed in an old black coat and cocked hat, by the name of Knickerbocker. As there are some reasons for believing he is not entirely in his right mind, and as great anxiety is entertained about him, any information concerning him, left either at the Columbian Hotel, Mulberry Street, or at the office of this paper, will be thankfully received.

P.S.–Printers of newspapers will be aiding the cause of humanity in giving an insertion to the above.