This entry from the Mystical 7 Cauldrons, called “Proceedings of the Eclectic Society,” dates from 1839 and is quite a fun read. For a society whose mission statement dedicates itself to change, Eclectic sure hasn’t changed much in the last 100+ years.
“…The members assembled according to custom in wheel barrows and were deposited by their respective attendants on their couches;—the President’s being raised 6 feet higher than the others for the purpose of being conspicuous. The records were then examined and received with slight amusement, Mr. Clark being fined for spilling his liquor. The Society then listened to a speech from the President upon the subject of mermaids; in which he established beyond a doubt the truth of their existence and gave an eloquent and animated account of their appearance and mode of life.”