Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Madison, James (1751-1836) [Temperance document]

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04006.01 Author/Creator: Madison, James (1751-1836) Place Written: s.l. Type: Document signed Date: circa 1833 Pagination: 1 p. : vellum : docket ; 37.1 x 44.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Urges Americans, especially young men, to refrain from drinking alcohol. Signed by Andrew Jackson, James Madison, and John Quincy Adams. Docket on verso.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Many of the propagandists of the temperance movement urged the public, particularly young men, to take a pledge of abstinence from alcohol. Some of ...these advocates included Edward Delavan and John Bartholomew Gough. See More

Full Transcript: Being satisfied from observation and experience, as well
as from medical testimony that ardent spirits as a drink is not only needless, but hurtful, and that the entire disuse of ...it would tend to promote the health, the virtue and the happiness of the entire community, We hereby express our conviction that should the Citizens of the United States and especially the young men discontinue entirely the use of it, they would not only promote their own personal benefit, but the good of our country and the world.

James Madison
Andrew Jackson
John Quincy Adams
See More

People: Madison, James, 1751-1836
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentReform MovementTemperance and ProhibitionAlcohol

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources