This interesting print / certificate with a tall ship scene in harbor with some hand inscription reads “This is to Certify that Mary J.F. Moore by donation of Fifty Dollars by the La Sea Friend Socy, Milford, NH, is constituted a lifetime Director of the American Seamen’s Friend Society, New York, May 15, 1845, Attest (signed) John Spaulding, Secretary, (signed) Edwd Richardson, President, & (signed) Charles N. Talbot, Treasurer.” Organization information: The Society was formally incorporated in April, 1833. The constitution stated the objects of the Society to be "To improve the social and moral condition of seamen, by uniting the efforts of the wise and good in their behalf; by promoting in every port boarding houses of good character, savings banks, register offices, libraries, museums, reading rooms and schools; and also the ministrations of the gospel, and other religious blessings." In organizing the American Seamen's Friend Society, it was proposed to improve the conditions of seamen and bring them into the enjoyment of the same domestic comforts and the same advantages for religious improvement that other men in other walks of life enjoyed. To this end it was proposed to encourage individuals in whom confidence could be place to keep good boarding houses, to provide register offices, reading rooms and libraries and to establish savings banks and schools, This program was to be accompanied "with frequent prayer meetings, the distribution of bibles, tracts and magazines and with visiting from house to house and from ship to ship." The organization remained in existence up until 1986.
Matted and framed under glass in a new black wooden frame. Good condition, with some water spot discoloring and foxing, some creases and expected wear from age. Dimensions: 15" h x 18" w, sight; 21" h x 27" w, framed.
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