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REIGN OF TEMPERANCE
Conducibe to the Prosperity of Nations ;
SUBMITTED TO THE
VISITORS OF THE GREAT EXHIBITION,
IN WHICH ARE COLLECTED
THE RICH TREASURES OF ART AND INDUSTRY FROM
ALL QUARTERS OF THE GLOBE.
ACCOMPANIED BY DOCUMENTS IN PROOF OF THE
STATEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES INVOLVED.
BY JAMES SILK BUCKINGHAM.
Op all the causes that are most destructive of human life, and most
PETER JACKSON, LATE FISHER SON, & CO.
In the year 1826, soon after my return from India, having undertaken a Tour through England, Scotland, and Ireland, for the purpose of propagating, by Lectures and Public Discussions, the doctrines of Free Trade, in every Commodity, and between all the Nations of the Earth-a Tour which extended over more than four years, and led me to visit all the principal Towns in the Kingdom-every mode by which these doctrines could be illustrated or enforced was pressed into the service, and appeals to the eye were thought as useful as appeals to the ear. In conformity with this determination, several Pictorial Designs were sketched, each with its appropriate motto, and these were extensively introduced into the manufacture of various articles in frequent domestic use, as well as framed in Tablets to be suspended on the walls of dwellings, as “ Household Words, in order to keep the truths inscribed on them perpetually present, as well as to furnish topics for reflection and conversation. On turning to these recently, one of the Series, forming the Centre-Piece of a Dessert Service of China, manufactured for me in the Potteries of Staffordshire, seemed so appropriate to the present occasion, that I have been induced to prefix it to this little Volume, harmonizing, as it does, so faithfully with the actual object of the Great Exhibition, of which it may be considered indeed as a dim and distant fore-shadowing (as it was executed twenty-five years ago), since it represents the several quarters of the globe, bringing from their respective regions, and presenting, under the auspices of the Olive Branch, specimens of their characteristic products to Britannia. The only anomaly in the scene is, that Africa is there represented as still captive, and imploring freedom from her chains, before she can join this Universal Congress of Peace. Since the Design was first made, however, that portion of the children of Africa then in bondage, have been made free--and let us hope that before another quarter of a century shall have elapsed Slavery will become extinct throughout the world !