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WALPOLE, March 7, 1833.
Rev. O. A. BROWNSON,
Sir Having heard your Address, on the subject of Temperance, delivered at the Meeting-House, in Walpole Village, on the 26th February last, we are satisfied that the cause would be very much promoted by its publication. Will you do us and the world the favor to prepare and give us a copy for publication, as soon as your convenience will permit?
We are, respectfully, yours,
WALPOLE, April 15th, 1833.
I thank you for your flattering request, and regret that I have not been able to comply with it sooner. The Address was hastily prepared, upon an exhausted subject, and can have but little interest for the public. Nothing would induce me to consent to its publication, but the wish to record my name among the friends of Temperance, and to bear my testimony against the immoderate use of ardent spirits.
With respect, I am,
O. A. BROWNSON.
Messrs. SPARHAWK, SEAVER, KILBURN, HOOPER, BEL
Friends and Fellow-Citizens,
WE are met this day for the suppression of Intemperance. I invite your attention to the causes which lead to it, to its effects, and to the means of preventing it.
Intemperance is the immoderate indulgence of any of our propensities. It may attach to eating, to sleeping, to our passion for dress, or for society, as well as to drinking. The glutton is intemperate, as well as the drunkard. We confine ourselves to the consideration of the immoderate use of ardent spirits, not because this is the only kind of intemperance, but because it is the most prominent and the most pernicious.
In speaking against this species of intemperance, much severity of invective has been indulged. I abhor drunkenness, as much as any man can abhor it; but it is not always that I abhor the drunkard. His drunkenness is his misfortune, as often as it is his crime; and I find myself oftener inclined to pity and forgive, than I do to censure him. The friends of Temperance gain nothing by intemperate language. Our weapons are spiritual, not carnalweapons of love, not of wrath; and our business is to protect the unsuspicious, and win back the erring, not to pronounce concerning the guilt of a fellow-being.
In those Temperance Addresses and Temperance papers which have fallen under my notice, little is said of the causes of Intemperance. The criminality of the drunkard, and the effects of his drunkenness, are dwelt upon with a painful minuteness, and reiterated till they cease to interest or prompt exertion. It were well to avoid this. Too much, even of a good thing, is good for nothing; what