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    The Most Articulate Letter on the Evils of Alcohol... Written by the Prohibition Party Candidate for President, Neal Dow Neal Dow (1804-97), a Union brigadier general twice wounded during the assault on Port Hudson, was captured and confined at Libby Prison until exchanged for Rooney Lee. In 1880 he ran for president with the Prohibition party. He organize the Maine Temperance Union as far back as 1838 and lectured on prohibition throughout the United States. Excellent prohibition content autograph letter signed, three pages, January 19, 1895, "To the Editor of the Press" outlining his views on illegal liquor trafficking. In part: "... There are no alcoholic liquors manufactured in Maine... Before the Maine Law there were produced here in great quantities by our numerous distilleries... such liquors are not brought into the State in no other way than by Steam Boats, Rail Roads and Small water craft, in violation of law; and by carts and wagons from New Hampshire. The penalty for this offence was only fifty dollars (no imprisonment) which the parties engaged in this traffic did not bear... carried through our proposition that illegal transportation should be punished by a fine of five hundred dollars and one year in jail... The Chief Justice [who opposed the law] says I am crazy..." Much more, quite legible, an important missive. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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