INVESTIGATION INTO THE FIFTEEN GALLON LAW OF MASSACHUSETTS, BEFORE A JOINT COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATURE, WHICH BEGAN JAN.29 AND CLOSED FEB. 20, 1839, UPON THE MEMORIAL OF HARRISON GRAY OTIS AND OTHERS FOR THE REPEAL OF THE LAW: WITH THE ARGUMENTS OF...AS COUNSEL IN SUPPORT OF THE MEMORIAL. PUBLISHED BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE MEMORIALISTS.

Boston: J.H. Buckingham, 1839. Large 8vo, untrimmed and partly uncut, 111pp. Early and late leaves dustsoiled and last leaf a bit chipped at the margins, tape remnants at spine. Printed errata slip pasted to margin of page 107. Good+.

These distinguished lawyers represented numerous opponents of the 1838 Massachusetts law prohibiting innkeepers from selling liquor in quantities of less than fifteen gallons, a none too subtle attempt to end the business of taverns, saloons, drinks-by-the-shot or -bottle, etc. They object, "on the highest fundamental principles of the Constitution," to this "pretext" that tests "how far fanaticism and bigotry can go in getting the sanctions of law in this State to enforce particular creeds." Their arguments are presented here.
FIRST EDITION. AI 57157 [5]. Sabin 34959. BEAL 9747. Not in Marvin, Harv. Law Cat. Item #9651

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