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NY Boy Celebrates "Releasement" from School By Playing Ball

Salience Noteworthy
Location New York
City/State/Country: East Hampton, L.I., NY, United States
Age of Players Youth

"In consequence of a dismission from school this afternoon, I play at ball . . . and perhaps you will say that I might have been better employed . . . If so are your thoughts, I can tell you, that you are much mistaken. If you have ever been confined to a study where every exertion of intellect was required, for any length of time, you must, upon releasement therefrom, have felt the pleasure of relaxation."

-- Nathaniel Moore, Student at Clinton Academy, East Hampton, Long Island.


Nathaniel Moore, "Diaries 1827-1828," Manuscript Division, New York Public Library, 106-L-1, May 26, 1827. Per Thomas L. Altherr, "Chucking the Old Apple: Recent Discoveries of Pre-1840 North American Ball Games," Base Ball, Volume 2, number 1 (Spring 2008), page 36 and ref #45. 

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