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More on the Washingtonians of 1840-1842 and The Discovery of Excuses

Posted 11-26-2016 at 06:57 PM by GerandTwine
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When the six original Washingtonians organized in Baltimore in the year 1840 it sparked a cultural shockwave of tens of thousands of drunkards taking the pledge of total, permanent abstinence. The news spread quickly via the brand new railroads. From Christmas 1841 to Christmas 1842, it was like Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” times a hundred thousand. Families living in destitute poverty went from a horrific life of anguish and misery to one of hope profoundly realized.

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A front page poem from an 1844 Temperance News Weekly.

Posted 06-02-2015 at 03:03 PM by GerandTwine

CATARACT AND WATERFALL
OR
MASSACHUSETTS WASHINGTONIAN
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DEVOTED TO TOTAL ABSTINENCE, USEFUL ARTS, MORALS, DOMESTIC ECONOMY AND GENERAL INTELLIGENCE.
IN AID OF THE WASHINGTON TEMPERANCE SOCIETY OF WORCESTER, -ALL THE WASHINGTONIAN SOCIETIES IN THE COUNTY OF WORCESTER,
-THE MASSACHUSETTS WASHINGTON TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY,
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"Death and the Drunkard" a poem from long ago

Posted 12-12-2014 at 05:45 PM by GerandTwine

I thought of posting something here today, and realized my last post was exactly one year ago, so I decided to follow fate.

Death and the Drunkard

His form was fair ; his cheek was health,
His word a bond ; his purse was wealth,
With wheat his fields were covered o'er ;
Plenty sat smiling at his door.
His wife the fount of ceaseless joy :
How laugh'd his daughter, play'd his boy :
His library, though large, was read
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"The Pledge" - an 1850 song scored for a quartette

Posted 12-12-2013 at 12:42 PM by GerandTwine

And now jump forward from the last blog entry 200 years
to the year just before Maine legislated prohibition for this
- the third blog entry of an artistic rendering of sentiment
about "The Pledge".

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The Canada

......TEMPERANCE ADVOCATE,
...............................................Devoted to
Temperance, Education,
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2nd excerpt from "Temperance and Patience", 1654

Posted 11-19-2013 at 01:31 PM by GerandTwine
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The second and final excerpt from Juan Eusebio Nieremberg's writing, translated by Henry Vaughan.

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Conscience, even amongst the Pelusians, was held a legal
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and politick punishment, that in Phalaris it was a Tyrannical devise, in Cain the Divine vengeance, and in Adam and Eve, the Justice of Nature. God, Nature, Reason, and fury it selfe (which in this case must not be defined madnesse,) do all beare witnesse, that selfe-condemnation,
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