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Presbyterian Historical Society
We can see the Presbyterian Historical Society, 425 Lombard Street, at the south side of the burying ground. Walk to 5th and Pine Streets, turn left and walk one block to reach the entrance. Founded in 1852, the society contains a library of over 200,000 published titles, 20,000,000 manuscripts, including 13,000 bound church records. There is also a museum which contains portraits by such well-known painters as Rembrandt Peale and John Neagle, letters, pewter plate, ephemera, communion tokens, and a tall clock which belonged to John Witherspoon (1723-94), the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence. He was also the president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton) from 1768 to 1794. His statement during the debate over whether or not the time was propitious for Independence at the Second Continental Congress has come ringing down through the years. John Dickinson, who was advocating moderation until the time was ripe, provoked Witherspoon to shout: "In my judgment, sir, we are not only ripe but rotting."