New-York: American Temperance Union, 1854. 1854. 16pp, stitched. Light tan and wear, old rubberstamp number, Good+.
Despite his "known character as a high-minded, honorable man" Governor Seymour vetoed a bill that would prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors. Seymour's argument that the bill constitutes an excessive governmental intrusion into private lives is nonsense: the traffic in liquor causes "murders, and robberies, and riots," and other social evils; moreover, a State has constitutional power to regulate "its own internal traffic," as the U.S. Supreme Court has said. "Friends of temperance! We have a great conflict before us. We have fought long, and we have fought well...The rotten license system can not stand." The good guys will win, eventually, although "the rum interest is a mighty power."
Sabin 92840. Not in Eberstadt, Decker, BEAL. Item #11905