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BRIGADIER GENERAL NEAL DOW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/08/1868 - HFSID 17873

Signed autograph letter, discussing his travel itinerary (1868) Autograph Letter signed: "Neal Dow", 1 page, 4½x7. Portland, Maine, 1868 January 8. To an unnamed party. Docketed on verso. In full: "Your favor of the 6th is just received, and I hasten to reply.…"

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NEAL DOW
Signed autograph letter, discussing his travel itinerary (1868)
Autograph Letter signed: "Neal Dow", 1 page, 4½x7. Portland, Maine, 1868 January 8. To an unnamed party. Docketed on verso. In full: "Your favor of the 6th is just received, and I hasten to reply. I am to be in Utica on the 22nd. Perhaps, if your Meeting should be on the 24th or 25th, I could go to it. If I should not find my lungs the worse for the Utica Meeting - and should expect only my expenses. Truly yours" [signature] "N. B. I saw Mr. Barstow a few days since, and he spoke about a Meeting at Providence, so that I could hit it on my return from Utica. Pvt. & Newport?" Neal Dow (1804-1897) was a zealous crusader for the cause of temperance and prohibition, both in Maine and throughout the country. In 1838, he formed the Maine Temperance Union, an organization that advocated total abstinence from drinking alcohol. Dow lobbied the state legislature for the passage of a prohibition law, and in 1851, after he was elected Mayor of Portland, he succeeded. The Maine Law remained in effect, except for a lapse of three years, until the repeal of National Prohibition in 1933. It made liquor manufacture, trade and use illegal in Maine, except for medicinal or mechanical purposes. During the Civil War, Dow commanded the 13th Maine Volunteer Infantry and sought to promote the temperance cause among his soldiers. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned and soiled. Fine condition.

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