THIS DAY IN NEW YORK HISTORY
Two hundred years ago today, the following letter appeared in the Evening Post:
To the Editor of the “Evening Post.”
SIR,–You have been good enough to publish in your paper a paragraph about Mr. Diedrich Knickerbocker, who was missing so strangely some time since. Nothing satisfactory has been heard of the old gentleman since; but a very curious kind of a written book has been found in his room, in his own handwriting. Now, I wish you to notice him, if he is still alive, that if he does not return and pay off his bill for boarding and lodging, I shall have to dispose of his book to satisfy me for the same.
I am, Sir, your humble servant,
Landlord of the Independent Columbian Hotel,