agree (for Van Buren); and the usual religious sects, with theusual schisms. The Presbyterians and Methodists, as usual,worship in very ugly churches; and the Catholics, as usual, in avery picturesque and beautiful one."It is a pity (picturesquely speaking) that the boatmen on theriver are not Catholics; it would be so pretty to see them shortensail off Our Lady of Cold Spring, and uncover for an Ave-Maria.This little chapel, so exquisitely situated on the bluff overlookingthe river, reminds me of a hermit's oratory and cross which isperched similarly in the shelter of a cliff on the desolate coast of Sparta. I was on board a frigate, gliding slowly up the Ægean,and clinging to the shore for a land-wind, when I descried thewhite cross at a distance of about half a mile, strongly relievedagainst the dark rock in its rear. As we approached, the smallcrypt and altar became visible; and, at the moment the shippassed, a tall monk, with a snow-white beard, stepped forth likean apparition upon the cliffs, and spread out his arms to blessus. In the midst of the intense solitude of the Ægean, with not ahuman dwelling to be seen on the whole coast from Moron toNapoli, the effect of this silent benediction was almostsupernatural. He remained for five minutes in this attitude, hislong cowl motionless in the still air, and his head slowly turningto the ship as she drew fast round the little promontory on hercourse.I would suggest to Our Lady of Cold Spring, that a niche underthe portico of her pretty chapel, with a cross to be seen from theriver by day, and a lamp by night, would make at least a catholicimpression on the passer by, though we are not all children of St. Peter..." - William H. Bartlett (1840)Our Lady of Cold Spring Chapel was built in 1834 to serve the West PointFoundry workers. Bishop Dubois consecrated the chapel as St. Mary's,whereupon it became the first Catholic church in the Hudson area as well asthe first one beyond Manhattan in New York. It overlooks the Hudson Riverat the South End of Market Street, Cold Spring, New York, and is available toall faiths for recitals, weddings and special events (914-265-2781).