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Again, he remarks that the same class afforded for the sale and consumption of Subject all their labour to the pots,
An individual of considerable experience and further affirms that,
remarks, that if the Government of Great The greatest artists are the greatest sots.
Britain knew, or had materials to calculate He goes on to say,
the loss which the general revenue of the Good drunken company is their delight, And what they get by day they spend by night.
state suffers, by the comparatively small This description is equally applicable in the the annual sum so high, as to shut up half
sums produced by licenses, they would raise present day. Loss of employment is a common effect The difference, he further remarks,
the public-houses now open in the kingdom. of intemperate habits, and operates in various ways in producing national poverty and those which have none, is great to an in
parishes abounding with ale-houses, and distress. Crime is the frequent result of calculable amount, in point of industry, poverty, occasioned by intemperance. vitiated state of the morals, the means of divine service, above all, family comfort,
In a moral conduct, sobriety, attendance on enjoyment are too generally attained by and eventually of population; and, as a unlawful expedients. The loss of skill and intellect will sub-consequence of the whole, of habitual con
tentment, submission, and attachment to the sequently be taken into consideration as materially influencing national welfare. All government under which they live. It is, of these causes, not to mention others of has been repeated to me in every part of the
concludes this writer, an observation which minor importance, are mutually connected kingdom, and such variety of instances have and inseparable in their general results. The past and present experience of nations, that the fact is established beyond con
been given, all tending to the same result, fully testifies the correctness of the facts and
troversy--multiplied ale-houses are multiviews here advanced.
plied temptations.* 2. General state of poverty through intem
These facts and conclusions are not conperance. The connexion between poverty fined to a town or a nation, but are the and intemperance is a subject which demands results of general investigation. Oliver careful and serious consideration.
The records of all countries, where intoxicating result of his own widely extended experi
Goldsmith states the following to be the liquors have been used, are prolific in
ence: “ In all the towns and countries I instructive illustrations. The condition of the inhabitants of Siberia forms a striking whose miseries were not in proportion to
I never saw a city or village yet, instance. The city of Tomsk has a popu, the number of its public-houses. In lation of about 11,000, and is thus described Rotterdam, you may go through eight or by a recent traveller : “With few exceptions, ten streets without finding a public-house ; the city is very mean, and the inhabitants in Antwerp, almost every second house wretchedly poor; the natural indolence of
seems an ale-house. In the one city, all the people, and their being greatly addicted to drunkenness, tending, of course, affluence ; in the other, the young fellows
wears the appearance of happiness and warm to increase the evil; for every sensible walk about the street in shabby finery, their man knows, that strong drink, instead fathers sit at the door darning and knitting of drowning the ills of life, only adds to stockings, while their ports are filled with them, and is in itself the greatest evil of all, because it leads to so many others. Through
Uncleanliness and filth invariably accomout every part of Siberia, the evil is
prevalent, but in Tomsk it is carried to the pany the poverty which results from intemgreatest excess, a considerable quantity of perance; hence arise other injurious conspirituous liquors being made in the neigh- sequence affecting the health and comfort of
the inhabitants. The “good old times" of bourhood, and forming one
of the principal England have been eulogised for the superior articles of commerce. fatigued, and in need of rest, the wretched advantages which they are supposed to have
afforded to the poor ; but we have already ness of the place made us glad to pursue our
seen that the habits of our ancestors were dreary journey."*
characterized by more or less intemperance, Dr. Pococke makes a similar observation
the effects of which were displayed in on the Island of Samos, in Greece, people in Samos are much given to revelling of Henry VIII.
c. 8, it is remarked that
general poverty and distress. In the third and drunkenness, and are very poor." I Similar illustrations might be multiplied, had fallen into decay, and were no longer
"Most cities, boroughs, and towns corporate, almost to any extent: so universally will it
inhabited by merchants and men of subbe found, that poverty and distress exist in all nations, in proportion to the facilities fishmongers, and other victuallers.”
stance, but principally by brewers, vintners,
* Travels in Asia, by Captain Blisset, R.N., p, 124.
+ Pococke's Travels, vol. ii. p. 29, folio edition.
* Inquiry into the State of the Lower Classes, in a Letter to William Wilberforce, Esq., M.P., by Arthur Young, F.R.S., Dublin, 1798, p. 30.
poor were badly clothed, resided in miserable may be attributed to indulgence in spirituous hovels, and principally lived on rye or oat liquors. It has been estimated, that the bread; and Harrison affirms, that 72,000 average expenditure of money on whiskey in great and petty thieves were put to death Ireland, for the last ten years, amounts to during that reign.
no less a sum than £6,300,000; this sum Whether reference be made to ancient or would support during the year, 230,000 to modern times, the same alarming con- families, at the rate of one shilling and sixsequences of intemperance are found to pence per day for each family. How much exist, and these in exact proportion to the comfort and happiness would be secured by consumption of intoxicating liquors. The the people of that unfortunate part of the condition of some of the inhabitants of the British empire, abstaining from so pernicious South Sea Islands, as recently described by a poison ! a philanthropic member of the Society of The amount of money consumed in ardent Friends, forms an example in point. “ The spirits in Ireland, says Judge Crampton, Island of Bolabola, is one that has suffered would in six years pay its national debt; most of any, by the introduction of spirits, and at the rate of one shilling and sixpence as it has caused the people to distil their per day, would give full employment to bread-fruit, and every kind of food capable 136,000 families. The Mendicity Society of of producing spirit. I can never forget Dublin, cost for its support but a pittance of the abject wretched state of these people, £8,000 a year, and still so much could not with scarcely rags to cover them, in want of be procured to keep its doors open for the everything, and nothing to purchase with : reception of its wretched inmates; but the everything consumed in buying or converting people did not reflect that they spent five into spirits; and the famished appearance million pounds sterling a year in whiskey. of the more than half naked children who In a street in Dublin, only containing what abound, will long retain a place in my might be called 120 solvent houses, there memory, in that love which must ever were seventy-three selling spirits. intercede on behalf, and plead the cause of Of late years, many very interesting suffering humanity."'*
statistical facts have been collected, conThe effects of intemperance in producing cerning the effects of intoxicating liquors in national poverty, are fearfully illustrated in producing national property. At a moderate the history of Ireland. That country is calculation, it appears, that at least threepeculiarly favoured in regard to situation, fourths of the poverty exisiting in our nation, climate, soil, and every other circumstance arises from this fruitful source of indigence necessary for atlaining national prosperity. and distress. It is indeed a matter of deep Ireland, however, not long ago, exhibited regret, that so large an amount of distress more poverty, and more abject misery of should be produced by the use of an article every description, than any other similarly purely luxurious in its nature. Such, how. circumstanced nation in the world. The ever, is the delusion under which mankind surprise which otherwise might be created labour, that an evil which has ever aftlicted by this statement will cease, when it is human beings in the direst form, is not only known that the people of Ireland annually voluntarily allowed to exist to an unlimited consumed not less than 23,300,000 gallons extent, but its use is absolutely fostered and of ardent spirits. At an average price of encouraged in the most effectual manner. seven shillings per gallon, this amount would The following facts will exhibit the inyield no less than £8,000,000. The pau- fluence of intemperance in the production of perism of Ireland, says a writer in a well- poverty. Mr. Mott, contractor for the known periodical, affords to pay about eight management of the poor in Lambeth, and millions sterling for whiskey, not a drop several other parishes, investigated the of which they require, but every drop of causes of pauperism, and in particular such which they swallow.t
cases that came under his care. His observaFrom the third Report of the Commis- tions especially extended to 300 cases. sioners of " Inquiry into the state of the "The enquiry,” says Mr. Mott, Irish Poor," it appears, that there are in ducted for some months, as I investigated Ireland, not less than 585,000 men out of every new case that came under my knowwork, and therefore in distress, during ledge, and I found in nine cases out of ten, thirty weeks of the year; and the number the main cause was the ungovernable inclinaof women and children, aged and sick tion for fermented liquors.”'t persons dependent on these, is estimated at Edwin Chadwick, Esq., Barrister, and 1,800,000, making a total of 2,385,000 one of her Majesty's Commissioners for persons dependent on charitable aid, or else inquiry into the operation of the Poor Laws, on depredations upon their neighbour's makes the following statement. • My property, for thirty weeks of the year. The enquiries have extended throughout the greater part of this unparalleled poverty, metropolis, through a considerable proportion
of the Counties of Berks, Sussex, Hertford, * Letters and Journals of Daniel Wheeler, during
Kent, and Surrey, and the ägricultural
* Saunders' News Letter, Oct. 21, 1830. 1 Dlaci. 1100u's Magazine. July, 1837.
| Pariianientary Evidence, p. 29.
a Visit to the South Sea Islands.
parishes adjacent to the metropolis. Ition, that £30 out of every £100 of the believe that all the witnesses of considerable money given as out-door relief, was spent in practical experience, when questioned as to the gin-shop during the same day. the causes of pauperism, stated to me that Mr. Millar, assistant overseer of the parish the ungovernable inclination for fermented of St. Sepulchre, London, states, “ • By far liquors, was one very considerable con- the greater proportion of our new paupers, tributory cause."*
are persons brought upon the parish by John Twells, Esq., of Highbury, states, babits of intemperance. After relief has respecting that parish, that in his opinion, been received at our board, a great propornineteen out of twenty of the inmates of tion of them proceed with the money to workhouses, get there from either habits of the palaces or gin-shops which abound in drunkenness of their own or their connexions. the neighbourhood."'* Out of twenty-six inmates of a workhouse in Some of the clauses of the late Poor Law Birmingham, twenty-four were addicted to enactment, by which out-door relief has been habits of drunkenness, and obliged to be restricted in this country, have removed the debarred from occasionally visiting their evils alluded to in the above statements. friends.f
These instances might be multiplied almost The master of a workhouse, in the East of to any extent.
In Dublin we find the same London, in writing to a friend, about the practice common. Dr. Adams, of Dublin, year 1831, states, there were 145 cases in in serving out the soup to the poor, in the the house at that time, all of which he parish of St. Peter's, asked the applicants could clearly trace had been brought there whether they had tasted spirits that day. from habits of intemperance and spirit Eighteen out of the first twenty acknowledge drinking. I
ed that they had bought and drank drams Of twenty-eight applicants for admission that morning, the price of the dram proto an asylum for old decayed men, twenty bably being more in value than the soup acknowledged themselves to have been in- they had come to beg. When preparations tenperate, seven had been by their own were made against the approaching cholera accjunt moderate drinkers, one had been in Dublin, in the same (St. Peter's) district, strictly sober.ll
160 straw beds were given out in one day. Of 27,247 objects relieved in 1829, by A gentleman had the curiosity to examine the Sick and Destitute Room Keeper's So- one lane where the beds had been given, and ciety, it is believed by the managers, that found that forty of them had been sold and one half had been reduced from comfortable converted into whiskey. Mr. Carr had circumstances, to extreme want by distilled known persons discharged from Cork Street spirits. $
Fever Hospital, in Dublin, presented with Of 343 inmates in one London parish warm clothing, flannels, or bed coverings, workhouse, 105 were found to have been such as blankets for the approaching winter, reduced to that state by habits of intemper- go and sell them for whiskey, and thus enance. They comprised the blind, epileptic, counter the miseries of a severe winter for idiotic, and aged poor, some of whom, if the so called enjoyment of a few hours inopportunity permitted, would indulge in toxication.t habits of inebriation.
The 126 male and 133 female inmates of Such is the ungovernable passion of the the Belfast poor-house, a short time since, habitual drunkard, that every thing is (1834) were, while fit for labour, in the sacrificed, even bread itself, to obtain drink. receipt of £144 weekly, from wages. FiftyThe statements of parish officers prove that eight of them had 158. 5 d. per week. The drunkenness not only leads to the most spirit-shop swallowed up no small propordistressing poverty, but that much of the tion of their earnings, and prevented prurelief afforded to out-door paupers, is spent dent savings. in procuring strong drink. An officer of Volumes might be filled with similar St. George's parish, Southwark, stationed illustrations. persons to make the enquiry, the result of In America the same fruitful cause of
" that £30 out of every £100 intemperance operates to an equally fearful of the money given as out-door relief, was extent. A few pointed examples are now spent in the gin-shop during the same day. adduced. Another gentleman, from Aldgate parish, Albany, New York.-G. W. Welch, Esq., states a similar fact. After relieving the superintendent of the alms-house, in Albany, poor, they frequently found them in groups New York, states, that there were, in 1833, at the adjacent gin-shops, and females, not received into the alms-house, 634 persons ; unfrequently, apply for relief in a state of viz., intoxication.
1 Mr. Huish, overseer, St. George's, South- Doubtful
17 wark, states, as the result of actual investiga- Intemperate.
There were also in the house, on the first of * Parliamentary Evidence, p. 29. + Ibid. p. 300. January, 297 ; making in all 931. One 1 Ibid. p. 391. # Ibid. p. 426. $ Ibid. p. 426. Ibid. p. 30.
* Ibid. p. 30. Ibid. p. 255.
1 Ibid. 426.
half that proportion, throughout the United inmates were brought to that state through States, would make more than 200,000.* indulgence in spirituous liquors.
New York City.-Mr. Guion, clerk of Rockbridge County.-Captain E. Bryan, the alms-house in New York, states, that in the keeper of the poor-house in Rockbridge addition to 5,179 persons supported in the County, states, that from forty to fifty men alms-house of that city, there were relieved have been inmates of it during the last seven and supported out of the alms-house, 19,150; years, four-fifths of whom, in his opinion, making in all, in that city, relieved or sup- were reduced to pauperism by the use of ported, 24,329 : and that three-fourths of strong drink. During the same period, 150 this was occasioned by intemperance. The women and children have been tenants of Report then states, that one-fourth of that the poor-house, half of whom became penproportion, throughout the United States, sioners on public charity by the intemperwould make more than 300,000; four-fifths ance of their parents or husbands. The of whose pauperism is occasioned by alcohol.t annual cost to the county of the pauperism The alms-house in New York City, and the created by intemperance, he estimates at penitentiary connected with it, has about 900 dollars. Thus it would appear that 2000 inmates, constantly at the annual cost these forty men and seventy-five women and of about 100,000 dollars. The resident children, have in seven years cost the temphysician states, that “ nearly all of them perate members of society in Rockbridge were addicted to intemperance.” A report County, the sum of 6,300 dollars. made to the Legislature of New York, by Baltimore.- In the year ending April, the Secretary of State, in the year 1822, 1826, 759 persons were admitted into the shows that there were then 6,896 permanent, alms-house. 554 of these were brought to and 22,111 temporary paupers, whose this condition from the following causes.support cost that year 470,582 dollars. Debility from intemperance, 235. Insanity
Boston.-Mr. Stone, superintendent of from drunkenness, 54. Syphilis, 85. Each the alms-house Boston, for the period of of whom were intemperate in their habits. eight years, says, “I am of opinion, that Ulcers resulting from the same cause, 34. seven eighths of the pauperism in this Fractures and wounds, which in every case house, is to be attributed to intemperance."I were received whilst the parties were in a
New Hampshire.-From a report made state of intoxication, 28. Various diseases, to the Legislature of this State, in 1821, it all traced to drunkenness, 104. Crippled appears that the maintenance of the poor whilst in a state of intoxication, 7. Old had cost them, from 1790 to 1820, 726,547 age, all habitual drunkards, 7. dollars.
The Executive Committee of the American Massachusetts.-In this state there were, Temperanoe Society, not many years ago, about the same period, 700 paupers, whose ascertained from official documents, the support cost 360,000 dollars.
numbers and cost of paupers in the cities of Philadelphia. - The superintendent of the Baltimore and Philadelphia, as well as in the alms-house in Philadelphia states, that the States of Massachusets and New York, and expense of supporting paupers in that by that means the whole number of paupers institution, in 1833, was 130,000 dollars ; in the United States was found to be 200,000, and that ninety per cent. of the amount was and the cost of their support at 10,000,000 occasioned by intemperance. ||
dollars. Three-fourths, that is to say, The steward of the alms-house, Phila- 7,500,000 dollars of this sum was set down delphia, affirms that in 1835, there were to the score of intemperance. According to 1243 paupers admitted into that establish- William's register, there were not long ago ment, and that eight out of ten of the adults in the State of New York, 337 distilleries, were of intemperate habits ; making 994 of consuming raw materials to the amount of the entire number.
2,278,420 dollars, and manufacturies of The superintendent of the children's liquors, valued at 3,098,042; and 94 brewer. department, states it as her conviction from ies, consuming 916,252 bushels of grain, close observation, during a period of eleven and producing beer valued at 1,381,446 years, that ninety out of every hundred dollars. children admitted, were the offspring of in- The poor's rates in England, not long ago, temperate parents.
amounted to about £8,000,000. At least Other authentic documents state as two-thirds of this sum originates in the use follows, in relation to the same alms-house. of strong drink, that is to say, £5,333,333. The number of paupers received,
In the year 1834, the people of this country In 1823, 4908 ; expenses, 144,557 dollars. expended in spirits £21,874,000. In 1835, In 1824, 5251; expenses, 198,000 dollars. the expenditure for the same pernicious In 1825, 4394 ; expenses, 201,000 dollars. poisons, amounted to £23,397,000; an In 1826, 4272 ; expenses, 129,383 dollars. increase in one year of a million and a half. Total in four years, 18,825; 662,940 dollars. In 1836, a similar increase was found to A great proportion of these unfortunate have taken place, for in that year the amount
was £24,710,000. The principal part of * Eighth Report of American Temp. Society.
this money must have come from the hard + Ibid. 1 Ibid.
earned wages of the poor, who, in large
towns in particular, consume by far the children, in grain, as well as in all the other greatest proportion of spirituous liquors; varied productions of the earth."* and this too in times of poverty and distress. It is, perhaps, not the least lamentable Intoxicating liquors paralyze the sinews of consequence of this system, that the subindustry, cloth their infatuated victims with stances employed in the preparation of inrags, and cast them upon the commiseration toxicating liquors are those which possess and charity of the sober and industrious most nutriment, or saccharine matter, and portions of society.
consequently, form the staple articles of In the town of Birmingham, at a moderate human subsistence. The beneficent and calculation, there is annually expended in nutritious gifts of the Creator are by this the purchase of alcoholic drinks, a sum means not only destroyed bfit converted into sufficient to purchase bread for forty thou- a poison, which saps the very foundations of sand families. In one moderately sized town society, and spreads ruin and desolation in Yorkshire, the annual loss from the use throughout the world. The juice of the of strong drink, is fairly calculated at grape, and the pomegranate, the sap of the £117,910; a sum which in eight years and palm-tree, and the milk of the cocoa-nut, a half, amounts to no less than upwards of when possessed of those natural properties one million pounds sterling. In Brighton with which providence has endowed them, it appears that the local taxes are less than impart health and strength. Man, however, one-sixth the sum annually expended in interferes with the designs of providence, liquor. In the new statistical account of and seeks out new inventions whereby to Scotland, it is stated, that in the parish of gratify his depraved appetites. Lamentable Stephenson, Ayrshire, the population of are the consequences which result from his which is about 3681, the enormous sum of unwise and guilty conduct. £4,125 is annually spent on ardent spirits. This investigation might be extended to This amount is within a trifle of the whole every portion of the globe where intoxicating rental of the parish. These, however, are liquors are found. The juice of every debut brief selections from volumes of facts, scription of nutritious plants, almost every which might easily be adduced to illustrate species of healthful grain, the milk of nuthis subject; the true source indeed of most merous animals, and even the flesh of those of the poverty which prevails in our land. animals, is subjected to careful fermentation. Contrast the state of our own poor with Healthful food is changed by a tortuous prothe condition of the inhabitants of countries cess into a most deadly poison. This dewhere these liquors are not used to so freestructive waste of the bounty of providence an extent. Strangely deluded indeed are those was noticed from an early period. Dolegislators, who view the revenue derived mitian, for example, finding that the culture from the sale of intoxicating liquors as a and rapid growth of vines obstructed very source of national prosperity.
much the production of grain, forth with 3. The destruction of grain alone, in- commanded them to be destroyed. Charles dependently of the serious evils arising IX., at a more recent period, adopted the from intemperance, doubtless more than same plan. Henry III. also was unwilling preponderates over any benefit derived that the people should favour the cultivation from a system so manifestly immoral in of the vine, at the expense of wheat. The its nature and tendency. The Report of low price of wines in the years 1805 and 1806, the late Parliamentary Inquiry on Drunk- augmented drunkenness so much, that the enness, among other injurious results of the proprietors of their own accord were obliged drinking system, includes, “ The destruction to destroy the vines, which were worse than of an immense amount of wholesome and profitless.f At the present time the vinenutritious grain, given by a bountiful yards of France occupy five millions of acres Providence for the food of man, which is of land, or a twenty-sixth part of the whole now converted by distillation into a poison;" | kindom. and after looking to the acknowledged fact,
The Jesuit Parenmin attributes much of that spirituous liquors “are always, in every the misery and famine frequently endured in case, and to the smallest extent, deleterious, China to the great consumption of grain in pernicious, or destructive, according to the the manufacture of spirits. The Abbé proportions in which they are taken into the Grosier, in his description of China, alludes system,” the Report adds, “so that not only in strong terms to the same prolific source of an immense amount of human food is poverty and distress.|| The Swedes condestroyed, whilst thousands are inadequately sume above 400,000 tuns (a tun is rather fed; but this food is destroyed in such a less than our sack, or half-quarter) of grain manner as to injure greatly the agricultural in the distillation of spirits. I
Need we producers themselves; for whose grain, then feel surprised that Sweden does not probut for this perverted and mistaken use of
* Report from the Select Committee on Drunkit, there would be more than twice the
enness, p. 5. demand for the use of the now scantily fed + Le Dictionnaire de Medical Science. people, who would then have healthy $ Lettres Edif et Curieuses, Tome xxii. p. 184, appetites to consume, and improved means
|| Vol. 1., b. 4., C. 3., p. 396, 8 vo. Eng. transl. to purchase nutriment for themselves and
Malthus, on Population, vol. 1., p. 391.