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A number of the young men of the towns of Portland and Ripley having witnessed with the feelings of unmingled regret the widespread and alarming spread of intemperance in our land and the incalculable evils thereby entailed upon society and considering that the habits both good and bad which follow a man through life are generally formed in the season of youth have agreed to form themselves into a society for the promotion of temperance and to adopt as the basis of their union the following: Art 1: This society shall be called the Portland, Ripley and Westfield young men’s temperance society. Art 2: The object of this society shall be the formation of correct habits among its number and among those around them at that period of life when the relish for ardent spirits and the practice of kindred vices are most easily acquired so far as their influence extends. Art 3: The objects of this society may be farther extended to mutual improvement in science and general intelligence by the addition of a library and by meetings for the discussion of interesting subjects at any time hereafter if a majority shall think proper. Art. 4: The officers of this society shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and six Managers.It shall be the duty of the president or vice-president to preside at all meetings of this society; the secretary to record the proceedings of the meeting and keep the papers of the society; of the Treasurer to receive the funds of the society and dispose of them as the Managers shall direct and of the Managers to attend to all the business of the society, see that its rules are not violated and bring to account ant member that shall violate the pledge hereafter given. Art. 5: Any member who shall violate the rules of this society may be expelled by a vote of a majority of the members present at any regular meeting after being heard in his defense. Art 6: Any person may become a member of this society by subscribing the following pledge:
We the undersigned do mutually agree to abstain from the use of ardent spirits except for medicinal purposes neither to give nor receive them as a token of friendship and to use our influence among our young friends and others to promote the principle and practice of entire abstinence with the exception above named.
Art. 7: Any person may withdraw from this society and absolve himself from the foregoing pledge on giving notice thereof in writing to the secretary.
Art. 8: This constitution shall not be altered without the consent of two thirds of the members present at a stated meeting.
Art. 9: This society shall meet annually at the village of Westfield on the first Thursday of June in each year at which time its officers shall be chosen.
Alexander Montgomery James Dick, Jr. Asa H. Stone Joshua Lane, Jr. George W. Case Lorenzo Bliss? Ja Bristol Amos M. Stone Isaac Durand William Whichey Franklin Abell Seneca Pierce Orin B. Crandell Clinton Fay Rupel Stone Horace Barnes Gailand S. More Jefferson Ferryall William Durand Lester Stone William Lowry, Jr. Daniel Chapman Dickson Sprague Vernon Moreley Moris Dick James Mackintosh Columbus Dickson Lucius Case Chena May Samuel Morehouse Lincoln Fay Augustus Paine Joseph Byington Franklin Cap Thomas Knight Alfred Smith Guy Leavitt S. Quigley Henry Conner Waldo W. Lake George Fellows Samuel K. Bancroft A. Bailey? Hiram Mallery S.K. Burch Ira Wing Elisha E. Casy Stephen T.(S.) Tyler John Fellows Sherman G. Gilman John W. Morgan Robert K. Barns Lamot Coles John A. Ford George G. Olmsted John Quigley George W. Bliss Hiram L. Richmond Grant Goodrich C.B. Brockway Alex McClung Charles H. LaWatt? Elias Hyde George Bradley S.W. Randall Wiseman C. Nichols Alfred Eaton Munson Granger Foster Dexley Allen Rhubottom William Johnston Hugh Johnston Andrew Cole, Jr. Charles D. Hale Almon C. Jenks John B. Wood Joseph M. Riddle Stephen Young William Rosell Morse Marlon Brewer Rufus S. Loomis Esra Loomis Orson B. Morse Rollin R.K. Merrell Alfred R. Townsend George W. Newcomb George T.(F)uller Hiram D. Morse Shelden Clark John Loomis Lorenzo Taber John Smallman
(On back) Constitution of the Portland, Ripley & Westfield Young Men’s Temperance Society 1827