This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
A sketch of New York could scarcely be complete without a notice of" the oldest inhabitant," on the corner of Thirteenth street and Third Avenue. No royal Charles was ever concealed in its branches, nor charter ever hidden in its trunk, nor was it ever the rallying-place for patriots, to give it a special claim to particular mention among revolutionary relics and associations. Yet there it stands, perhaps the only immovable body in the city, during all the varied changes that have characterized the city of New York from the days of the respected Petrus Stuyvesant's Dutch governorship, upwards of two centuries ago, to the present time.
On the forenoon of Evacuation Day, the British troops were mustered near to it before leaving the city. The American troops were towards Harlem on the other side of it, and the pear-tree, that still bears fruit in its season, is certainly now the only " living inhabitant" that " witnessed " the joyful change from foreign to domestic rule.
Only a few years back, there were many ancient buildings, the residences of persons of note, left in this city, but they have all been cleared away to make place for others adapted to the times.