The morality of prohibitory liquor laws : an essay

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HV5089W5hbl, stx liquor lawMorality of prohibitory DDSlliEtDh 13 T1S3 g rogress ofdrunkenness around them, had made up their minds patronize temperance. Theyto acted just in the same way as a man of high rank "who should dress very plainly, in order to inspire —the humbler orders with a contempt of luxury." Democracy in America. ByDe Tocqueville. Bow- en's Trans. Vol. ii. 133. This power of association is natural and healthful in our country. reform pro-As the "gressed, the term temperance," together "vvith the idea of temperance, as it is applied to all other appetites, fell into abeyance. Total ab- INTRODUCTORY. 11 'stinence and teetotalism became the watch- reformers.words of the This distinction between temperance and well ingrained in matureabstinence is now individuals. The writer accepts this social fact proposes no direct argu-as he finds it, and this issue. He would not touch itment on did not some-indirectly, if the main question it. The enthusiasm of thetimes demand legitimate ex-abstinents, in its personal and trifled with, nor evenpression, is not to be with. It is a noble passion, ever ele-argued the man,vating, though sometimes narrowing to respect and affectionate re-and is entitled gard from all of us. The man or woman liquors is generallywho deliberately abandons depths of the soul.

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V/1THE MORALITY
OF
Prohibitory Liquor Laws.
^n.. lEssag*
BY
WILLIAM B. WEEDEN.
BOSTON:
ROBERTS BROTHERS.
1875.Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, by
KOBEUTS BROTHERS,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
Camhridge :
Press Wilson Son.of John ^THE MORALITY
OF
PROHIBITORY LIQUOR LAWS." —The justest laws are the traest." Epictetus.
" Civil liberty is the not being restrained by any law, but
—greater degree to the public welfare."which conduces in a
Paley.
" government is simply or nearly impossible,Good and stable
political science knownunless the fundamentals of be by the
—bulk of the people." Hobbes.PK E F A C E.
nn^HE matter of these pages was suggested in
papera read to the Unitarian National
Conference at Saratoga. A prominent politician,
a sincere and eminent advocate of prohibition,
"said to the writer directly, This is an old
story of yours ; it is worn threadbare." Inas-
much as several able members of that capable
association, men versed in the literature of law
and social science, had said that the argument,
whatever its merits, was novel and original,
the remark of the politician writer intoset the
a train of thinking. The able men knew more
the philosophy of law,of but the politician
represented more people. It is perhaps this
stolid indifference among persons holding high
public trusts to the causes, the underlying
principles, and the results of their own action,
which has led the writer to develop his theme
and bring it before the whole public. The6 PREFACE.
important in all its bearings, thatsubject is so
any sincere study of it can do no harm, and must
by all thoughtful persons.be welcomed
The writer believes that the whole fabric of
strainedour legal and political action has been
and injured by the institution and administra-
believes thattion of these liquor laws. He
and most important steps in theone of the first
much talked about reform of civil government
temperance im-must be, to turn the humane
abnormal action in law andpulse away from its
the state, and to give it natural play in thein
individual man andethical improvement of the
these pages contain any facts, orof society. If
any reasons which may help to forwardshow
in vain.this issue, his labor has not been
W. B. W.
January, 1875.Providence, R.I.,