A Discourse, Delivered Before The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at the Semi-Annual Meeting, Eleventh of June 1793


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Front cover reads "Mr. Clarke's Discourse, to the Humane Society." Not the modern version of the Humane Society caring for animals, but an organization established in 1786 by a group of Bostonians who wished to find ways to prevent the needless death and drowning from shipwrecks. Modeled after a British Society of the same name, the society provided an awards programme with a stipend or medal for saving a life. At rear is a listing of premiums given by the trustees to persons who saved various individuals, including the crew of the ship Rodney, wrecked on Duxborough beach. Also lists officers and honorary members. In Appendix at rear are letters from William Lyman, Dr. William Hawes, and Benjamin Rush.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Printed at the Apollo Press by Belknap and Hall
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Date Published: 1793
  • Place Published: Boston
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Fair
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    36 p. 20 cm. Publisher's mark on title page and headpiece on first page of text. Disbound. Pages up to 7 loosening. Chips to corners of first pages, tear in bottom of p. 9 not affecting text, some stains to rear pages.

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