Petition #11485120


One hundred twenty-one citizens of Fayette County assert "the fact that by far the largest portion of ... crime, privation, and suffering, with which our Country is afflicted are produced by the use of intoxicating liquors in the community." The petitioners point out that legalizing liquor operates "very injuriously on our slave population by making the access to intoxicating liquors too easy to them & increases the temptation to steal for the purpose of procuring liquor." They therefore propose "the entire prohibition of the sale of intoxicating Liquors making provision for medical & chemical purposes and wine for communion occasions in churches." They suggest "penalties to be fines, imprisonment in the County jails, & state penitentiary & disfranchisement."

Result: Referred to committee on tippling houses.

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Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee