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**The History of Cape May County" is the result of ma
wany years of research, and the aut or hopes that it will meet with the approbation of the public. Some ten years ago the author began the keeping of a scrap book of Cape May county history, among other things, and this constant accumulation of facts resulted, about a year ago, in a determination on the part of the author to prepare a history of the county, which would portray its gradual development and the progress of its people from the earliest times. The cause which led to its preparation principally was the fact that mo history had ever before been published, excepting the sketch of Dr. Maurice Beesley, in 1857, which contained only fifty printed pages.
The information obtained for this volume was largely slipplemented from the collections of the New York Historical Society, the New Jersey Historical Society and the Pennsylvania Historical Society. Many facts were gathered also from the articles of Francis B. Lee, Esq., of Trenton, and the author has also been aided in his work by Colonel T. Granville Leach, of Philadelphia; County Clerk Edward L. Rice, and Mr. Aaron Leaming. The diaries of Aaron Leaming the first, of Aaron Leaming the second, and of Jacob Spicer the second have been perused and liberal extracts made from the same. The work of Dr. Beesley has been woven into this volume and proper credit given to him for every fact for which he is responsible.
The county of Cape May has a most honorable history and the one aim of the author has been to tell the facts as he finds them and yet try to keep away from the dryness which characterizes such works. There may be errors in the volume, but the author has been very careful in the verification of dates and names. The different ways of spelling family names is caused by the literal copying of the records from which they are taken.
If this volume serves to preserve to the people the history of the county, the author will feel that he has been repaid for his efforts.
LEWIS T. STEVENS. Cape May, May 15, 1897.
ODE TO CAPE MAY.
By Theophilus T. Price, M. D.
Tune: "Dearest Mavi" (Revised by the author for this work.) Dear land of my nativity!
And scene of childhood's play,
In humble, fervent lay.
With thee I'd rather stay,
My heart to thee, Cape llav.
Cape May! Cape May!
My thoughts to thee will stray
When I am far away.
Thy sunny skies look down serene
Where warbling woodlands lay;
The ocean and the bay.
That o'er thee takes its way;
Thy daughters' praise truth gladly speaks.
While fond emotions rise;
And sparkles in their eyes;
Within their bosoms play:
Thy sons, a generous patriot band,
Hospitable and brave,
Their homes, and circling wave;
Or honor points the way;
I love to breathe thy healthful air;
I love thy sky and sea;
And all that's dear to me.
And wheresoe'er I stray
Chorus: Cape May! Cape May! etc.
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