New York, NY: June 12, 1858. A small circular addressed to the citizens of the seventeenth ward of New York City regardless of their "creed or party". It invited them to a public meeting held at the Norfolk Street Methodist Episcopal Church on Monday, June 12, 1858 at 8 PM. Some of the wards of New York City had recently banned the Bible from the Public School system, and people were afraid that by doing so they were "encouraging the growth of crime and depravity among the juvenile population of our city, and sapping the FOUNDATION of our RELIGIOUS, SOCIAL, and POLITICAL LIBERTIES". The meeting was arranged by three men: William Arenfred, William A. Smalley, and J. P. Cooper. Single fold, single sided. Measures 6 1/4" x 4 (folded), 7 3/4" x 6 1/4" (unfolded). General wear. Part of the sticker that was used to seal the invite is still attached at bottom.