THE NEW JERSEY WASHINGTON BENEVOLENT SOCIETY TEXT BOOK
RARE ANTIQUE OLD BOOK , 200 YEAR OLD BOOK.
Certificate page. dated March 1813, I cant read the name. signed by Richard Cox,President, and John Dobbins or Dobbens ,secretary.
Constitution of the Washington Benevolent Society of Mount-Holly,in the county of Burlington, and state of New Jersey
Washington's Farewell Address/legacy
A Chronological Sketch of the Life of the Author of the Foregoing address.
Extract from a biographical sketch of Gen. George Washington by Jedediah Morse, d.d.
48 pages with various degrees of wear/tears, spotting/yellowing/staining throughout.
Printed and sold by Lewis Deare: by whom also Badges for the Washington Societies are manufactured and sold. New Brunswick.
there is no frontispiece,or title page if there was one. and also looks like a blank? page at rear is missing also.
red leather spine with gold, worn , about 2" tear/split along spine edge. paper boards worn /soiled. book measures 3 3/4" by 5 7/8"
ALSO Includes an antique old silk ? ribbon /bookmark that was in the book. ribbon has a portrait of George Washington, with two U.S flags, and a public school building. ribbon measures 2 1/4" by 5" long. in very good condition with light soiling. back has handwritten date " 1895 Los Angeles Cal July 4 "
The Washington Benevolent Societies (the "WBS") were grass-roots political clubs set up 1808-1816 by the Federalist Party in the U.S. to electioneer for votes. As shown on the membership certificates printed within copies of "Washington's Farewell Address" that were issued to members, the first of these societies was "instituted in the City of New York, on the 12th day of July, 1808." The President of that first WBS was Isaac Sebring [perhaps the Federalist merchant described in "The Old Merchants of New York City]. and Secretary was G. C. Verplanck (perhaps Guilan Crommelin Verplanck, Sr.). Societies were also formed in Rhode Island in 1810, as the threat of warfare loomed. Citing a July 6, 1812 edition of the "Federalist" newspaper in New Jersey, it has been reported that: "Coinciding with the first state peace convention, the initial public appearance of the Washington Benevolent Society in New Jersey occurred in Trenton on July 4, 1812."
The WBS helped pioneer electioneering techniques in a democracy. "The promise of participation in the parade and receipt of the badge of the Society had been used as part of the Trenton Society's membership drive, for the Federalists were interested in gaining as many members as possible." Ribbon badges with George Washington's portrait and the words "Pro Patria" ("For Country") printed on silk or vellum were issued to members of the Societies. "Silk ribbons bearing Washington's portrait issued by the society are among the earliest mass-produced partisan objects in American political history."
Into the Age of Jackson, an oration on Washington's birthday, February 22, was commonly delivered before the Washington Benevolent Societies in various states, and sometimes it would be printed.
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