[Philadelphia]: [George Hyde], .
6pp. followed by 84pp. blanks. Contemporary manuscript correction on p. 4. 8vo. Original red morocco, bound by George Hyde, upper cover lettered in gilt "Subscriptions / for a / Monument / to / General Washington" below "Jefferson / County". Covers detached, spine worn and chipped, original marbled endpapers, g.e Item #319697
An unaccomplished subscription book intended to record funds raised by the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati for a monument to Washington. The committee for the monument included Horace Binney, D. Lenox, R. Peters, W. Jackson, and Charles Biddle.
The text of the resolution contained within this subscription book explains: "...With this view, books will be sent to two or more persons in each organized county in the state, with a request that they will recieve subscriptions for the object ... after the books are closed, which will be on the fifth of July 1812, they will be deposited among the archives of the Society ..." Evidently, the present volume was unused by a Society member of Jefferson County.
The amount of monies collected proved too few. Nevertheless, the funds which were collected were evidently invested, and additional funds were added over time; in 1881 Rudolf Siemering was commissioned by the Society to create the sculpture of Washington on horseback, which now sits on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The original receipt for the printing and binding of this subscription work survives in the library of the Society, indicating that 107 copies were printed and bound by George Hyde of Philadelphia.
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