The Constitution states that the club's "object shall be to improve, foster and perpetuate the American game of baseball and advance socially and physically the interests of its members." French Collection, HSWDC, 25.
(36.) French Collection, HSWDC, 210, and The Ball Players Chronicle, July 18, 1867.
A yellowed column in the French materials, written more in the style of a fashion guide than a sports section, reports that amongst the fans watching the Nationals in August 1867 were "several hundred ladies, who watched with glistening eyes peering from beneath charming little jockey hats, saucily perched forward, and dainty bugle trimmed parasols elevated more from force of habit than from necessity." French Collection, HSWDC, 210.