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Woodbridge, William.

AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY REQUEST, BEFORE THE DETROIT YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY, Relative to the Customs and Institutions of the early Colonists of New England.

Garrett & Geiger: Detroit 1849 8.5 x 5.25, printed sewn cream wraps, 23 pp. Covers are soiled with light creasing and staining, ink # on upper right corner, contents are foxed with light staining else good. The Detroit Young Menís Society was an early Detroit literary club founded in 1833. An 1850 Detroit city directory provided this information: "This association was the first, and has proved the most influential of any literary organization in Detroit. About the 1st of January 1833 . . . .a few educated men who had then located themselves in this part of the west, met and organized themselves into a society, the object of which. . . was to promote the moral and intellectual improvement of the Young Men of Detroit. . . The exercises of the Society . . . consist of debates upon literary, moral, political and other topics, conducted by the members. . . There is also attached to the Association a very handsome and well selected Library, embracing all the important . . . works . . . of History, Divinity, Law, Philosophy and Belle Lettres . . . " Past presidents include Bela Hubbard and Douglass Houghton (the first president). William Woodbridge, the speaker on this occasion, was a fellow law student and good friend of Lewis Cass who had been persuaded by Cass to leave Ohio and come to Michigan to assist him in the new Michigan Territory. Woodbridge has been described as dour, irascible and an inveterate office seeker (secíy of the Michigan Territory, congressional delegate, supreme court justice, governor, senator). Perhaps not too dour as he was described as witty during the annual dinner he hosted after the closing of the February session of the supreme court for all the members of the bar. This pamphlet is a nice early Detroit imprint.


Book Id: 98-8089

Price: $95.00

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