Boston: Russell & Cutler, Printers, 1808. 39 pages. Octavo, 9 x 5 1/2 inches. Self wrappers, string tied; uncut. A lovely copy. Item #2477
The late eighteenth century saw the first two Humane Societies in the United States, those of Massachusetts and Philadelphia. They were devoted to the cause of Life Saving from the sea or other waters.
After Danforth's semi-scientific explanation of human life, there is an appendix with three testimonials about life saving at sea and under the ice. This is followed by a listing of properties and expenses of the society and a nine page catalog of membership, lead by "His Excellency John Adams, late President of the United States."
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