Boston: Printed by Samuel N. Dickinson, 1841. First edition. 12mo, original printed blue-green wrappers, 23 pages. Wood-engraved frontis portrait of Hawkins executed by Hartwell. Light tide mark, presumably from pure sparkling water, to the lower third or so of the text block; some light spotting and a couple small bits of chipping to the wrappers; a very good copy. Item #18974
An uncommon promotional narrative from the Total Abstinence movement, a sketch of the life of the temperance lecturer Hawkins, who had developed a taste for ardent spirits after a few years spent in frontier Pittsburgh; he returned to his native Baltimore, where “Albany ale, or ‘cat soup,’ as it was termed, was a favorite beverage, to which he was particularly partial.” Hawkins, while drinking, was frequently prey to a “siege of intoxication,” despite his efforts at moderation; he finally called on the assistance of God and the support of like-minded men to support him in his pledge, and he became a well-known speaker on behalf of the movement. With much here on the economic and political benefits of drink reform, with a call for financial backing. This cataloger has also seen an issue with a lithograph frontispiece portrait by Bouve of Boston rather than this woodcut portrait, priority unknown. American Imprints 41-3746.