"Constitution of [Pot]-8-O Club" [ca. 1824]. Gift: Leon Brooks Leavitt.

The document is signed by all the members of this college secret social society, including Hawthorne, and the third by-law is in Hawthorne's hand. Perhaps the emphasis on the rule that "ardent spirits shall never be introduced" suggests that it was intended to be broken; scholars have suggested that this was a dining club characterized more by its drinking than much of anything else. all text copyright Bowdoin College, 2009.
(courtesy of Nathaniel Hawthorne Collection, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine) close window
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