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The founding of the American Bible Society... John Jacob Astor named director...



Item # 630749

May 15, 1816

NEW-YORK SPECTATOR, New York City, May 15, 1816  The front page has a headline "American Bible Society". "It is with much pleasure we announce, that the Convention of Delegates from the numerous Bible Societies in the United States, which convened in this City on Wednesday last, have after long and mature deliberation formed an institution, entitled 'The American Bible Society'... The leading feature of the constitution limits the operations... to the distribution of the bible without note or comment..."
Also on page three is another article pertaining to the founding of The American Bible Society. This includes the resolutions. "...The meeting was conducted and concluded with a decorum, harmony and unanimity, which it is to be hoped will always characterize the meetings of the Americans for promoting the best interests of mankind."
Page two has an article "Bank of the United States" in which "The President and Senate have appointed the following named, Directors of the Bank of the United States... John Jacob Astor, of the city of New-York...". Mr. Astor was known as the first prominent member of the Astor family, the first multi-millionaire in the United States and the fifth-richest man in American history.
The back page has a "For Sale" notice for "two healthy Colored SERVANTS, (man and wife) aged 20 and 24 years".
Other news and advertisements are within. 
Complete in four pages, slight irregular left spine with some lite foxing, otherwise in good condition.
Note: Regarding the American Bible Society, Wikipedia states: "The American Bible Society was founded in 1816 by people who were committed to the word of God and to the end of slavery. The first President was Elias Boudinot, who had been President of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was named President in 1821 and a number of illustrious individuals like Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, Johns Hopkins University President Daniel Coit Gilman and Edwin Francis Hyde, a former president of the Philharmonic Society of New York, headed up the organization over the years. Francis Scott Key, the writer of the United States' National Anthem, was a Vice President of the organization from 1817 until his death in 1843. The Society's first headquarters were on Nassau Street in Lower Manhattan."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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