Progress on the Temperance Front in August 1849

This is an important week in the history of women’s efforts to be part of the political sphere. On August 18th, 1920 women won the right to vote. Long before that day they worked tirelessly to address what they saw as the role of alcohol in the destruction of American families. Amelia Bloomer’s The Lily, the United States first newspaper by women, focused on the temperance movement throughout its four year run.

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The Legislature of New Hampshire at its recent session enacted a new license law,—or rather amended their old one. Hereafter no license is to be granted in the State, for the sale of intoxicating liquors as a beverage. One person in each town may be licenced to sell for medicinal, mechanical and chemical purposes, and for “no other use, or purpose.” Any person selling spirituous liquors of any description without such license, is subject to heavy penalties.

A Man Pursued

A Man Pursued

This is right, and we rejoice to see such action on the part of those upon whom it rests to make laws for the protection of the people. Our rulers are sadly culpable that they have so long winked at the great evil of intemperance, and instead of crushing the monster which is the cause of so much misery and taxation, have thrown the strong arm of the law around the traffic, and shielded its death-dealing agents. But a brighter day is dawning! The people will be heard in this matter. The time is not far distant, when rumselling will be classed among other criminal offences, and rumsellers be treated with the contempt and punishment meted out to the thief and murdered. It has become a settled conviction with the enlightened public, that nothing short of stringent laws, can arrest the fearful curse of drunkenness.

The passage of such laws, is the object for which all good temperance men now aim, and they never will give one inch of ground to the foe, nor relax their efforts till they have accomplished their purpose. This movement on the part of New Hampshire is but another evidence of an enlighted public sentiment, and we truly hope that our own Empire State will soon arise in her strength, and bind the foe within her borders.

LADY’S BOOK.—We are under many obligations to Mr. GODEY, for the August number of his splendid “BOOK.” It is in truth a superb number —elegantly embellished and printed, and contains a rich variety of interesting literary matter. There are original articles in it from 43 contributors. It contains 28 engravings, several of which are very fine. A more appropriate ornament for a lady’s table, we cannot well conceive of. Godey does indeed know how to get out the best magazine.

THE TEMPERANCE PROTECTOR is the name of the new Temperance paper, started at Syracuse, under the auspices of the State Society. We have no doubt but that it will prove a bold and faithful advocate of the cause, although we have our doubts whether another Temperance paper was needed. Would it not have been better to have bestowed the same amount of patronage which this new journal is to receive, upon the “Star” at Rochester, which is ably conducted, and takes as strong ground, and advocates the same measures which the Protector aims to support? We think so. Nevertheless, since it is the field we wish it abundant success.

Widows to Alcohol

Widows to Alcohol


Collection: The Lily
Publication: The Lily
Date: August 1, 1849
Title: Progress

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