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Elijah Spencer Fuller (1827-1859) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, was eighteen when he joined the Sons of Temperance. Many temperance societies encouraged participation by women, for they were thought to be a stabilizing influence in the home. Obviously the Sons of Temperance, one of several dozen societies in existence at the time, drew it membership exclusively from males, and perhaps only young males. The motto "Love, Purity and Fidelity" represents ideals frequently associated with youth. This ornate certificate verifying Fuller's membership features a variety of symbolic images, including Masonic symbols.


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"Sons of Temperance Membership of Elijah Spencer Fuller"

creator   Sons Of Temperance-National Division
date   Nov 19, 1846
location   Boston, Massachusetts
height   10.75"
width   9.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink with manuscript
item type   Legal Documents/Certificate
accession #   #L01.085

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