Admission Ticket and Signed Subscription Statement for the Naval Dinner for William Bainbridge
During the War of 1812, victorious U.S. naval captains were often feted with parades, dinners, and awards upon their return from battle. William Bainbridge, who commanded USS Constitution in her victory against HMS Java on December 29, 1812, was the recipient of such fanfare when he and his crew returned to Boston in February 1813.
Among his many celebrations was a naval dinner given by the Citizens of New York on December 8, 1813. The printed tickets of admission to the dinner were distributed to invitees along with a statement signed by members of the subscription committee, who were tasked with raising funds for the dinner. This particular ticket, bearing the signature of Philp Hone, was accompanied by a statement signed by 44 subscribers, including Hone, Washington Irving, Robert Fulton, John Hone, Richard Varick, and Joshua Waddington, among others. Philip Hone of Manhattan was a diarist, cultural ambassador, and active member of the Federalist Party. He also served as mayor of New York from 1826 to 1827.