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Theobald, Mathew (1790-1856) [Abstinence pledge card]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02542.27 Author/Creator: Theobald, Mathew (1790-1856) Place Written: s.l. Type: Document signed Date: 23 April 1842 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Printed card, with various illustrations, stating that Catherine Cauty has taken the "the Total Abstinence Pledge." Cauty has card number 4281797. Signed by Theobald as president of the society. Pledge card states that Cauty will refrain from drinking all intoxicating liquors except those used medicinally. Graphic illustration of intemperance shows a husband beating his wife and an illustration of temperance shows a happy scene of the family reading by the hearth.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Alcohol, Temperance and Prohibition, Reform Movement, Oath, Women's History, Health and Medical, Marriage, Morality and Ethics, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Religion

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform