Clipped From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
CORTELYOUS TORIES, MRS. BANGS DECLARES. Mrs. Bleecker Bangs, who started the controversy about the historical accuracy of Miss Georgia Fraser's book, "Crow Step," by declaring that the old stone house at Gowanus which figures In the novel was not the house of Jaques Cor-telyou, Cor-telyou, Cor-telyou, but of Isaac Cortelyou, and that Miss Eraser had attributed to this famous famous old home many of the legends that by right should cluster about the homes of the Bergens and other families of old Dutch stock, has sent to The Eagle, under date of April 20, the following communication, communication, given verbatim: "In answer to Miss Fraser and Mrs. Rushmore's remarks of the 'Crow Step,' and 'Stone House at Gowanus' matter. It must be understood The Eagle asked an opinion. A general one was given, not exactly quoted correctly, but never mind that part. Mrs. Bangs also had data from members of tho Cortelyou family Dr. Lawrence B. Cortelyou and the late Mr. Peter L. Cortelyou, both men having made a painstaking study of their family histories. Moreover, Dr. Cortelyou's .'ather was also born in the Gowanus homestead, while Peter Cortelyou descended descended doubly from Jacques Cortelyou of the Narrows, who, while he bought property at Gowanus, never lived there. "It was doubt less through his purchase of the 1699 built house of Verht's that his name became associated with it. At any rate, It was Isaac Cortelyou who did live in It. "Another point, overlooked by many Eagle readers who are not familiar with history records, is that the ground in the Gowanus locality (4 to 5" st & 5" ave), can bo appropriately honored, but the Cortelyou house cannot. "History places tho Cortelyous on the side of the King against the American cause. It would be a strange contradiction, contradiction, therefore, to elevate the old Stone House and link it with the sacred ground all around that locality. To rescue the land and bring it up to present day reverence reverence is indeed a tine thing to do. But not a palrotie society would reconstruct a Cortelyou house. "The old Simon Cortelyou house at the Narrows was thus lost as a relic of long ago days. The government hated to demolish demolish so splendid an example of former Dutch dayB, but no public movement was made to save tho old house, alas! "It is in the correctness of history data that so mueh of our errantry's welfare welfare is built. Miss Fraser refers to having having done enough for Brooklyn, but In that very statement betrays how entirely her books have contradicted the American reason for saving, or resurrecting, a Cortelyou homestead. "History has proved the Tory side. "But Washington's troops at Gowanus are different. All honor to them: the speedier the better. A park there w-ould w-ould w-ould be a fitting tribute to the 177ti soldiers and Maryland troops who 'so valiantly went down In battle. "But don't expect dear old Brooklyn (not even The Kagle bird ran do that) to rebuild a Tory homestead. Nay!" fThr !-:hi:1c !-:hi:1c !-:hi:1c asked Mrs. Itanpts' opinion nf the hunk only after she had made a critical ref-ert'iicr ref-ert'iicr ref-ert'iicr In it In a letter. Tho printed Interview contained In hricf spice the must Impnrlnnt items in a cntii'-rsatinn cntii'-rsatinn cntii'-rsatinn nf ah.mt an h-inr. h-inr. h-inr. The mailer of rest iritK? I lie nld Slone House ha mil pt-e pt-e pt-e hinslv lic.-n lic.-n lic.-n mentioned in e .ime -I -I inn will) tills controversy.!