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1834-02-07, Memorial of Benjamin Pickman for repeal of the license laws
House No. 37 On February 7, 1834, came The memorial of Benjamin Pickman and five hundred and twenty nine others, of Salem, for a repeal of the
license laws. The liquor laws were ancient, but still needed scrutiny. Because liquor establishments were licensed by the state to sell ardent spirits,
those spirits were presented as a public good and meant to be consumed, but the law came down hard on drunkards. The license allowed vendors to flood
the lands with poison--that was not a public good. There followed a long list of the vicious effects of alcohol. An Act for the due regulation of
public houses was a "bloody bill," proceeding on a false assumption and actually "injurious to the prosperity, happiness, and morals of a community."
(Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   The memorial of Benjamin Pickman, and five hundred and twenty-nine others, of Salem, for a repeal of the license laws.
OCLC Number:   1402309069
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