New Yorker (1746, 1749, 1751, 1754)

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"Although Washington lived in New York only briefly, the earliest known use of the term "New Yorker" in a published work is found in a letter he wrote in 1756."
---NEW YORK TIMES, FYI, City section, 4 July 2004

  As I told the New York Times, I'd debunked the George Washington "New Yorker" coinage myth years ago.
  Here are database citations:

Colden, Lord Cadwallader, 1688-1776, Letters and Papers of Cadwallader Colden, vol. 9: 1749-1775. New York, NY: New York Historical Society, 1937, pp. 489. [Bibliographic Details] Previous page
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rom John Colden

Janry 17th 1749/50

Hond Sir

On New Years day I had the great happiness to receive yours of Decr 25th & I hope there is now Letters again for me in Town by Mr Mathews who I hear is just now Come to Town but don't know where to find him & as Mr Crooke is goeing out of Town tomorrow I cant delay writeing longer than this Evening; the Court being to meet early in the Morning. The letters to My Sisters &c. I have had by me wrote this three weeks but could

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hear of no opperty to Convey them till now I delay'd writeing to you Sr & my Mother in hopes of having something to offer better worth your Acceptance & I must now beg my Mother, Br Colden & Br Cadwr to excuse my not writeing to them being fatigued & it being now Late but propose to Perform that Duty by Mr Mathew. The person that had spoke to Collins about the Land at Canajohary was Marte V Alstyne who offering so litle as £70 for the whole we are not like to Come to any Agreemt The new Judges [30] very much alter the Face of the Court here & Things I hope will go on agreably & I may now say that I have nothing to chagrin me & am in good health & Sr That You my Mother Brs & Sistrs &c. may enjoy the same & every other Blessing is the sincere Prayer of Dr Sr

Your most Dutifull & Ever Obedt Son

John Colden

The Town is full of New Yorkers cheifly opponents who are endeavouring to make a Stir among the People for a new Election

[Addressed:] [Cadw]allader Colden Esqr att Coldengham

ITEM #7572
February 25, 1746
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, February 25.

By a Gentleman from Virginia we are informed, that the Seven Transports, mentioned in our last, from Gibraltar, with the Forces for Cape Breton, and the two Men of War, their Convoy, are arrived in James River.
Thursday last arrived the Privateer Snow Warren, of this Place, Capt. Kattur, from a Cruize. She took off of Cape Antonio a French Privateer Sloop, of 12 Carriage Guns, from Cape Francois, Capt. Quideaux; she had Fifty five Hands, and an English Pilot, on board, and was bound to the Havannah, to get more Men, to come and cruize on this Coast early in the Spring. Capt. Kattur likewise retook the Schooner Endeavour, belonging to this Port, which had been taken by the above Privateer: He sent both Privateer and Schooner to Providence.
Capt. Kattur informs us, that the Privateer Snow Dreadnought, of St. Christophers, Capt. Cunningham, lately refitted here, being on a Cruize to the Windward of Cape Francois, on the 15th of November last, fell in with two Privateers of New York, and one of Bermuda. The same Day they saw five Sail of French Merchantmen (Part of the Fleet whose Convoy had an Engagement with some of our Men of War lately in the Windward Passage) whom the Privateers all agreed to fight. Captain Cunningham accordingly engaged the Frenchmen, but was assisted by none of his Consorts; and after exchanging some Broadsides with them, bore down upon the Privateers, to know the Reason of their not coming up: They made some frivolous Excuse, and told him, that if he would engage a second time, they would give him all the Assistance they could. Upon which, he next Day engaged four of the Ships very smartly under his Lee, during which Time the << New Yorkers>>   dropt astern. Capt. Cunningham finding there was no Help to be expected from them, got from the Ships as well as he could, and again bore down on them, to know why they used him so basely; they could not excuse themselves, but desired him to engage a third time, and they would certainly come up, which he refused, and went to Jamaica to

ITEM #12897
May 2, 1751
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, April 29.

Yesterday arrived here Capt. Tucker in a sloop, and Capt.
Foster in a Brigt. from Antigua.

We hear that this Day a great Cricket Match is to be
playon our Commons by a Company of London against a Company
of << New Yorkers>> .

ITEM #13482
September 12, 1751
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, Sept. 9.

Friday Morning last Jonathan Woodman, the Person who was
committed to our Jail some Time ago for uttering Counterfeit
Twenty Shilling Bills of this Province, was found hanging dead
in his Garters at the Grate of his Prison: -- Tis said he had
been under Terrors and Anguish of Mind for some Time past;
which his Confederate has been pleased to say, was occasioned
by his Guilt for impeaching of him, and is now in Hopes, as
there is no other material Evidence against him, that he will
get clear, tho'he appears to have been the greatest Rogue of
the two. However that be, this Woodman from his first
Commitment, apprehended he must die; and therefore is supposed
to be either so charitable, as to think to save the Hangman
the Labour, or else hung himself to save his Life: And a
Pity the other would not follow his Example; as all such Pests
of Society ought to be lookon as scarce worthy of the
Labour of a Hangman. --- There were two Men in the same Jail
with him, who were asleep when he did it, and knew nothing of
the Matter till they found him hanging in the Morning.

We have Advice from Halifax in Nova Scotia, that there is
such a Number of << New Yorkers>>  got to that Place, since the
first Settlement of it, as well nearly fill one of the largest
Streets in the Town, and that they are about to form
themselves in one Street, into a Society or Company by the
Name of the Free New York Fishery Company at Nova Scotia; and
that all that shall hereafter come there from new York,
provided they come as one of King DavidSoldiers, (See 1

TEM #16704
March 26, 1754
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, March 18.

Capt. White of the Snow Charming Sally, who was reported
in our late News papers to be blown off this Coast the
Beginning of November, bound in here, from Waterford in
Ireland, and to have put into Antigua, arrived here on Friday
last in 18 Days from the Virgin Islands: He advises of the
safe Arrival thither of Capt. Tingley in a Sloop of this Port,
from Antigua: That several << New Yorkers>> , and other Northern
Vessels were at those Islands preparing for their Return home,
as fast as the Crops would admit: And that the Night in which
he sailfrom St. Eustatia, a large French Schooner, in the

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