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From the Vegetarian Messenger (England), Vol.IV., p.2 (undated but probably late 1853):


See also:
The Vegetarian

Having called attention to the recent proceedings of the American Annual Vegetarian Meeting in New York [3rd Annual Meeting, September 1852], and expressed our strong dissent from leading feature of the procedure adopted, which deprived the public of an occasion of banqueting on Vegetarian provision, it affords us great pleasure to direct attention to the fact, that the disappointment, also, it seems, felt upon this subject in New York, has resulted in a congregation of Vegetarians in that city, and the formation of a local Vegetarian Association. One leading object of this would appear to be, to take charge of the Vegetarian proceedings in relation to the city of New York, not merely on great occasions similar to that to which we have referred; but, no doubt, at the same time, to give occasion to the promulgation of Vegetarian views in a variety of ways.

We hope to learn that the Vegetarians of other cities and districts, where they are collected in sufficient numbers for the purpose, will follow the example of our New York brethren in relation to association; as well as that of our friends on this side of the Atlantic, who have not hitherto had sufficient faith in their numbers and influence to adopt such a plan, will imitate the excellent teaching of the Liverpool and Manchester Associations, and thus co-operate with the General Society by these means, so important, if not such as are absolutely essential to the healthy working out of any philanthropic movement.

This was followed by an short item on 'Co-operation of the English and American Societies'.

From the Vegetarian Messenger (England), Vol.IV., p.13 (undated but also probably late 1853):


[report from the 'American Vegetarian' received in England in January, after pre-amble . . .]

The New York Vegetarian Association seem to have hit upon the plan of procedure to be the most effective as regards the public, as well as most useful to the members of the Association, in the prominence given to an address from the Rev. Mr. Shaw of Williamsburgh. [the article then goes into a general sermon about planning local meetings, and activities of local groups in England . . .]

The above society appears to have closed soon after this, as there was no further mention of it. But a new one was started by 1895:

From the Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), April 1895, p.93:

A Vegetarian Restaurant in New York. - New York has at last a vegetarian restaurant. It is under the management of Mrs. L. Volkman, and was opened with some ceremony on February 5th. On the evening of that day there was a vegetarian banquet, at which the Rev. Henry S. Clubb. President of the American Society, Mr. J. W. Scott, President of the New York Society, and some forty or fifty other vegetarians were present. After the banquet, Mr. Scott having congratulated the guests upon the realization of the long-cherished wish for a vegetarian restaurant in New York, introduced Mr. Clubb, who was very cordially received. He read short paper in defence of vegetarianism as taught by Sylvester Graham. Mr. George Brunswick then sang the following song, which he had composed for the occasion, the guests joining heartily in the chorus [ vegetarian song quoted ]

The event received due notice in the papers the next day, the Press giving a report of the proceedings, and the Commercial Advertiser, not only a report, but a copy of the menu, and some humorous sketches entitled, " Our artist at the vegetarian table d'hôte."

From the Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), Septemberl 1895, p.270/1:

"The Vegetarian" (New York). - We have to chronicle the advent of another magazine devoted to the propagation of vegetarianism. The new venture bears the name of The Vegetarian, a rather unfortunate choice, as there is already in existence a magazine of that name, and is published at New York by the Vegetarian Publishing Co. The Vegetarian is published in the cause of vegetarianism all the world over. Its objects are to "call the attention of thinking people to the crime of killing and the disgucting habit of feeding on dead animals, and to prove that animals were not created to be killed, much less to be eaten by civilized man." The first number, dated July 15th, is a very creditable production, being interesting and prettily got up.