Providence: Printed by B. Wheeler, 1802. First edition. Original marbled wrappers, 6.88 x 4.5 inches, 13, , ,  pages, stitched. A fine copy. Item #19868
“In this assembly, I behold hearts throbbing with sensibility, and countenances brightening with benevolence.” The president of Union College here outlines (in fairly lush language for the pulpit) the many virtues of charity for the Baptist women of Providence, Rhode Island, and a particularly attractive and well type-set pamphlet suggestive of the wealth of its members; per the finding aid to the papers of the organization at the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Female Charitable Society had been “first proposed by a group of well-known Providence women in March of 1800,” organized later that year, and finally incorporated with act from the General Assembly in October, 1802: “Membership was based on heredity. . . . One of the ways by which the Society assisted its accepted applicants was to purchase materials for them to make clothing; the completed garments were then sold to the same applicants at a reduced price.” Includes an ode on page  by Paul Allen, delivered before the Society on September 20, 1802. American Imprints 2642.