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into the Western continent, and propose giving an outline of its gradual
extension and characteristics in our own land.|
Our opportunity of research as to the period of
the introduction of glass manufacture into this country, induce the belief
that the first effort was made some years before the American Revolution.
This attempt was by a company of Germans, who
selected the town of
Quincy, in this State,
as the place in which to establish the manufacture.
We are acquainted with little beyond the fact,
that such an attempt was made; their success, or the length of time during
which they carried on the work, are matters equally beyond our knowledge.
Some specimens of their articles still exist, showing mainly that they
engaged in the manufacture of what is called black metal only; these
also are of the rudest style of the art.
The place in Quincy in which their manufactory was
established acquired the name from them of "Germantown," which name it retains
to the present time. The site of their manufactory is now occupied, we
believe, by the institution called "The Sailors' Snug Harbor."
A Connecticut paper states a patent was