[N. p., but Fitchburg, Mass. n. p.], April, 1852. First edition. Broadside, 11.38 x 8.63 inches. Addressed in pencil on the verso (with inked postmark of Fitchburg, May 15 and a 3-cents paid ink stamp) to lawyer Reuben Walworth, Saratoga Springs, New York. Old folds; some light toning, short closed tears, and dust-soiling; in very good condition. Item #19048
“The chief sources of alarm are these: American youth, to a wide extent, are become narcotized, and or course sensualized, by this poison. They are mighty to use cigars, all up and down the land. This state of things is proceeding from bad to worse; the evil is congenital; the devotees to the weed will transmit a race in their own similitude, and health, patriotism, and religion may, in the end, perish under the tread of this demon.” An early circular from the reforming abolitionist and “Anti-Tobacco Apostle” Trask, here outlining in graphic terms the medical and economic costs of tobacco, and suggesting a plan of public and moral education to eradicate its use; Trask also solicits financial support for his crusade, and appends the Anti-Tobacco Pledge. With the original wax wafers used to seal the circular for mailing.