“To be Let”
FOR a term of years, that valuable FARM, known by the name of Smith Hall, situate in the town of Laurens. As it is presumed those who wish to Lease this Farm, will look at it, a description is unnecessary. I. COOPER, Adm’r to the Estate of R. R. Smith, dec’d. Cooperstown, March 4, 1814.
COMMENT: Smith Hall was built in 1773, before the American Revolution, the first frame house west of Cherry Valley. It was built by Richard R. Smith (1735-1803), who had visited the area in 1769, and whose travels (“A Tour of Four Great Rivers,” (1906, reprinted 1964 and more recently), edited by Francis W. Halsey, is one of the major sources of information for the early Otsego county area. When, on April 3, 1775, the Colonial Legislature of New York (in its final act before the Revolution) created the “Old England District” as a part of the newly formed Tryon County, covering much of today’s Otsego County, Smith Hall was designated as the place where its first local elections should be held. Smith Hall remained an important historical landmark until the middle of the 20th century, when it was destroyed by fire.
Isaac Cooper (1781-1818) was the second son of William Cooper of Cooperstown, and until his early death was an important figure in local affairs. “Smith Hall,” in 1814, was undoubtedly well known to most residents of Otsego County.
Ethan Allen’s Captivity
Just received, and for sale at H. & E. Phinney’s Bookstore, A NARRATIVE OF THE CAPTIVITY OF COL. ETHAN ALLEN, from the time of his being taken by the British near Montreal, on the 25th Sept., 1775, to the time of his exchange, on the 6th of May, 1778: Containing, his Voyages & Travels, with the most remarkable occurrences respecting himself and many other Continental persons, of different ranks and characters, which fell under his observation in the course of the same; particularly the destruction of the prisoners at New York, by Gen. Howe, in the year 1776, and 1777; interspersed with some political observations. Written by himself. Price 62 ½ Cents. Feb. 26, 1814.
COMMENT: Ethan Allen (1738-1789) is best known as the leader of the “Green Mountain Boys,” and a founder of what became the state of Vermont. After the Revolution, he sought to protect Vermont from the territorial claims of New York and New Hampshire. His memoirs, however (which like this are still in print), remain important sources of information concerning life during the American Revolution.