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tinued the use of wine and porter, the only intoxicating substances which I have been accustomed to take, I have improved materially in health, and have been able to make more prolonged efforts, both of body and mind." —Rev. Alonzo Potter, D.D., Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy.
“ For the last nine years I have wholly abstained from ardent spirits, and habitually from all fermented liquors. The last year, which has been the period in which I have relinquished even the occasional use of wine, I have enjoyed better health, than in either of the nine ; and it is an interesting and grateful fact to me, that protracted and severe mental efforts can now be borne without weariness.". Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen, U.S.S.
“ Certain I am that these drinks, particularly wine, and porter, or beer, to which I resorted by advice of friends and Physicians, in order to build up my debilitated system, only increased the evil, and I became incapacitated for almost all bodily and mental effort.”'_" I can truly say, on reviewing my whole progress, that in proportion as I got rid of alcohol, I got rid of disease; and during no part of my life, not even before my constitution began to fail, have I enjoyed such uniform health of body and mind, as during the last two years.”—John T. Norton, Esq., of Farmington, Conn.
“ I have for years, and at all seasons, preached uniformly three, frequently four, sermons on the Sabbath, and several others during the week ; besides making more than one thousand pastoral visits, annually, and attending to much other labour, bodily and mental ; and believe that upon my water drinking, regular diet, and early rising system, with
the Divine blessing, I may hope to be young, vigorous, and healthy for many years yet to come.”-Rev. Orin Fowler, Fall River, Mass.
“ Before I discontinued the use of narcotic and stimulating drinks I was threatened with consumption; this tendency still remains, but is every year diminishing. My general health is greatly improved. I think my constitution of both mind and body more juvenile than six years ago.” -W. A. Alcott, M.D., author of the “ Young Man's Guide,” &c.
“ I am now in the ninth year of strict total abstinence, from the use either for beverage or medicine, of all intoxicating liquor. I have noticed my experience, and contrasted it with that of the twenty-four preceding years, while I temperately used these liquors. The result of my observation is
I. My health is much improved.
II. I can endure, without inconvenience, cold, heat, and fatigue.”—Hon. Judge Hall.
The following extracts are from letters addressed, by the respected individuals whose names are attached to them, to Mr. R. Sleman, Surgeon, of Tavistock :
“ I have great pleasure in being able to bear the fullest testimony to the fact, of their being, in this neighbourhood, very many men, workers in the iron founderies, and in the large smitheries connected therewith, who have, for some time past, adopted the total abstinence rule, as to any and all kinds of intoxicating liquors.”—F. Harvey, Hayle Foundry, Cornwall.
“ In Belfast, we have some persons united with us who follow the iron foundry business, and who, of course, have to labour exceedingly hard, and to be exposed to sudden changes from heat to cold. Sometime ago there was a trial made, I think for a wager, between several men following this employment, some being Tee-totallers, and others in the habit of taking beer; the Tee-totallers were able to work harder, and with far less fatigue than the others, and the advantage was clearly declared on their side. The Tee-totallers used bread soaked in water, and the other men partook of their customary quantum of ale.” -Rev. William Cook, Belfast.
“ With regard to the safety of sudden abstinence 'upon this point, it is sufficient to state, that every reformed drunkard (we have about 300) abstained suddenly without anything more than a little temporary inconvenience; their * constitution’soon rallied, and their strength and vigour speedily improved.” -Mr. John Andrews, jun. Leeds.
“ That it is safe, experience has amply and abundantly proved. I take my own family connexion here as one instance. It consists of five families, including parents, chil. dren, and servants, thirty-five in number, varying in age from 70 years down to 3 months, and all, with the exception of three, total abstainers, and every one admits (except children who cannot give an answer) that their health is improved since giving up the use of stimulating drinks. I will just add, in conclusion, that I do not know a single instance of any individual having suffered from relinquishing the use of these things ; no, not even the worst drunkard, giving them up all at once."-- John Cadbury, Esq., Birmingham.
“ In the Connecticut state prison, with an average of 120 convicts, more than 90 of whom were notoriously intemperate, before they came there, not one of whom was permitted to take a drop of intoxicating liquor after he entered the walls of the prison, there was no death for 16 months, and but one death for about 2 years.” – Amer. Perm. Temp. Doc., p. 29.
But a volume might be filled with testimonies in favour of the position, that “ Total abstinence from intoxicating liquors, is a practicable remedy for intemperance.” Suffice it to say, that six HUNDRED ministers in Wales, and NINETEEN HUNDRED, in the State of New York, have adopted this remedy-that, by means of it, at least FIVE THOUSAND DRUNKARDS, in Great Britain, have been reclaimed-that the county of Cornwall, alone, can produce not less than TWENTY THOUSAND total abstainers ; the town of Liverpool not less than THIRTY THOUSAND ; Wales considerably more than ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND ; --that the aggregate number of total abstainers in Great Britain and Ireland, is estimated at HALF A MILLION, and in America at a MILLION ;-that these include the utmost variety of character; and, finally, that all who have given the principle contended for a full, fair, and impartial trial, are its warmest friends and most powerful advocates.
DRINKING CONDUCIVE TO HEALTH,
“ This eminent philosopher laid down such rules, as he thought most conduced to maintain tranquillity of mind, and perfect health of body. Hence he eat only twice a day, as was then the general custom ; in the morning, when he only took a little piece of bread, and at supper, when he made a moderate meal. He allowed no beverage but water.”—Dr. Cocchi, a Florentine Physician, on the Reg. of Pyth.
EARL STANHOPE AND WATER. “My father was a weakly child ; he was taken early to Geneva, where a celebrated medical professor, who had formerly been a pupil of the great Boerhaave, was consulted on his case. He advised that he should use much exercise, and drink nothing but water. He adhered strictly to that advice; and when, in after years, his habits became more sedentary, he still used only water. He became clear and vigorous in his various energies of body and mind, and exerted his faculties almost to the last moment of his life.
“ My grandfather was also a water drinker, and was vigorous and active in body and in mind ; and even at the age of 72, devoted several hours a day to abstruse mathematical studies.
My grandmother, whose health, for years, was weak and feeble, drank only water, but she enjoyed to an extreme old age, the use of her ordinary faculties ; nor did she feel uncomfortably exhausted when near her dissolution, which took place when she was 93 years of age.”—Speech at Exeter Hall.
WATER DRINKING AND LONGEVITY. “ On Friday, the 3rd February, 1837, died Ann Parker, aged 109, the oldest inhabitant of Kent. During her whole life she abstained from spirituous liquors, indulging only in tea.”- London Temperance Intel., vol. i., p. 107.