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On the last Tuesday of each quarter, Deerfield Academy held public examinations of the pupils "in the various branches of academic learning." Twice a year students provided a program of "speeches, declamations, dialogues, and orations." An Exhibition Ball followed, attended by students and their guests. Mr. Stephen West Williams was seventeen years old in 1807 and a student at the Academy when he received this invitation. John Bennet's Hall was a tavern located opposite the Common in Deerfield, Massachusetts, between 1805 and 1808.


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Ball Invitation for Stephen West Williams

printer   Unidentified
creator   Thomas Williams (1787-1869)
creator   Pliny Ashley Field (1783-1817)
creator   Thomas Wells Dickinson, Jr. (1784-1849)
creator   H. (Holley?] Hubbard
date   Apr 11, 1807
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   2.5"
width   3.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink with manuscript
item type   Personal Documents/Invitation
accession #   #L99.020

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