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BY BAXTER DICKINSON, A.M.
NEWARK, N. J.
ALARM TO DISTILLERS AND THEIR ALLIES.
ECCLESIASTES, vii. 29.-God hath made man upright: but they have sought
out many inventions.
The art of turning the products of the earth into a fiery spirit was dis
covered by an Arab about nine hundred years ago. The effects of this abuse yoof nature's gifts were soon viewed with aların. Efforts were made even by a
heathen people to arrest the evil. And it shows the mighty agency and cunning of Satan, that Christian nations should ever have been induced to adopt and encourage this deadliest of man's inventions. In the guilt of encouraging the destructive art, our own free country has largely participated. Fifteen years ago, as appears from well authenticated statistics, our number of distilFeries had risen to nearly forty thousand. And, till within three or four years past, the progress of intemperance threatened all that was fair and glorious in our prospects. The reformation recently commenced is one of the grandest movements of our world : and to secure its speedy triumph, the concurrence of distillers is obviously indispensable. They must cease to provide the destroying element. This they are urged to do by the following considerations.
1. The business of distilling confers no benefits on your fellow-men.
Ardent spirit is not needed as an article of living. In the first ages of the world, when human life was protracted to hundreds of years, it was unknown. By the first settlers of this country it was not used. It was scarcely used for a whole century. And those temperate generations were remarkably robust, cheerful, and enterprising. To this we may add, that at least two hundred thousand persons, accustomed to use it, have given it up entirely within the last four years.
And their united testimony is, that they have made no sacrifice either of health, or strength, or any real comfort. Indeed, few, if any, except such as have the intemperate appetite, will now seriously contend, that distilled liquor is necessary or useful. The little that may perhaps be desirable as medicine might be made by the apothecary or the physician.
The talents God has given you might be applied to advance thic welfare of VOL. V.-N0.2
your fellow-men. It is your duty-your highest honor-thus to apply them. And on the bed of death, in near prospect of the judgment, it will surely be a melancholy reflection, that, as regards the happiness of mankind, your life has been an utter blank.
2. The business of distilling is not only useless, but is the occasion of many and great edils.
Recent examination has developed a number of appalling facts, which few, if any, pretend to question. It is admitted, that the use of ardent spirit has been a tax on the population of our country, of from fifty to a hundred millions of dollars annually. It is admitted, that three-fourths of all the crimes of the land result from the use of intoxicating liquor. It is admitted, that at least three-fourths of all the sufferings of poverty arise from the same source. It is admitted, that upwards of thirty thousand of our citizens have annually descended to the drunkard's grave. It is admitted, (by those who believe the Bible,) that drunkards shall not inherit eternal life, but must have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone. In a word, it is admitted, that health, fortune, social happiness, intellect, conscience, heaven, are all swept away by the tide of intemperance.
And now, what you are specially bound to ponder is, that this burning tide, with all its desolations, flows from those very fountains you have opened the boiling flood can be perpetuated only by those fires which your hands kindle, and which it is your daily task to tend.
The position you occupy, then, is one of most fearful responsibility. You are directly and peculiarly accessary to a degree of guilt and misery which none but the Infinite Mind can comprehend. I hear for you a loud remonstrance from every court of justice, from every prison of collected crime, from every chamber of debasement, and from every grave-yard ; as well as from the dark world of despair. I hear the cries of unnumbered mothers, and widows, and orphans, all with one voice imploring you to extinguish those fires-to dry up those fountains-and to abandon an occupation pregnant with infamy, and death, and perdition.
3. The business of distilling destroys, to a great extent, the bounties of Providence.
Many of the substances converted into ardent spirit are indispensable to the comfort of man-some of them the very staff of life. But the work of distillation not only destroys them as articles of food, but actually converts them to poison. An incalculable amount of grain, and tens of thousands of hogsheads of sugar and melasses, besides enormous quantities of other useful articles, are every year thus wickedly perverted in this Christian land! Who does not know the odious fact, that, in many places, the distillery has regulated the price of bread? Who does not know, that this engine of iniquity has at times so consumed the products of industry, as to make it difficult for the poorer classes to get a supply? “ The poor we have always with us," and cries of the suffering are often heard from other lands. Such facts, it would seem, might reach the conscience of all who are wantonly destroying Heaven's gifts. Can you, for a little selfish gain, persist in converting the bread of multítules into a pestilential fire! How utterly unlike the example of Him, who