The Society for the Wellbeing of Norway rapidly received an overwhelmingly positive response. In the course of its first year, the Society had 1,500 members, who each paid 10 riksdaler by way of annual subscription. In addition, many gave private gifts that swelled the income for the year 1810 to 23,000 riksdaler. The members were spread over the whole country, but the greater part were from eastern and southern Norway, and the relatively high subscription rate limited membership considerably. However, the District Commissions that had been instituted around the country worked to set up local branches of The Society, and one found increasing amounts of information in Budstikken about different subgroups; after a year there were around the land about thirty of these organisations, popularly known as Parish Societies.
KeywordsParish Society Local Branch Finite Resource Annual Subscription Autumn Harvest
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