Hartford, Conn. March, 1852. Broadsheet, 10-1/2" x 15". Recto and verso printed in four columns. Light old folds. Title printed in large, bold type. Very Good.
In 1849 the State of Maine enacted a Liquor Law authorizing "the destruction of intoxicating liquors when they may be found in the possession of persons who are selling them as a beverage." In this rare broadsheet the great showman, a Connecticut resident who has "toiled for the Democratic Party faithfully and consistently ever since I became a freeman," urges an identical law in Connecticut. He denounces leading Democratic politicians and the Democratic press for opposing the law. "Push on the column for the Maine law... regardless of unprincipled cliques, or hot-headed dictators, and may God speed the right."
Barnum's autobiography explains his conversion to Temperance. "I saw so much intoxication among men of wealth and intellect, filling the highest positions in society, that I began to ask myself the question, What guarantee is there that I may not become a drunkard. I took my champagne bottles, knocked off their heads, and poured their contents upon the ground." He then signed the "teetotal pledge."
OCLC 58788719 [1- NYHS], 13662283 [1- CT Hist. Soc.]. Not located at the online sites of AAS, Harvard, Yale, Brown as of May 2018. Item #34955