Petition #11483712


One hundred six citizens complain about the “increased number of Dram Shops” in the state. They point out that “in every city, town and hamlet, throughout the State, they are to be found, in numbers greatly disproportionate to the wants of any sober community -- And in many instances they are intolerable nuisances.” Declaring that “the injury done to the slaves, who resort thither to expend their little earnings, is incalculable,” they further believe that “nearly every crime and misdemeanor can be traced directly or indirectly to some one of these low haunts of dissipation and idleness.” The petitioners therefore state that “all they ask for at present, is, that a Joint Committee of both Houses may be raised, to give the matter a thorough investigation, and report accordingly.”

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Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee