Rare LS as president signed "Z. Taylor," one page, 7.5 x 10, July 12, 1849. Letter to S. C. Sprague at the Sons of Temperance, "Taylor Division No. 127." In part: "I have received your communication…and must thank the members of the Division of the Sons of Temperance for the compliment they have paid me in its designation. The cause that their organization seeks to promote, meets with my warm approval. Judiciously prosecuted, it will contribute greatly, as it has heretofore done, to elevate the character of the rising generation & secure the prosperity of our beloved country." Matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 11.5 x 18. Reverse bears a Goodspeed's Book Shop label. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and light uniform overall toning.
Founded in New York City in 1842, the Order of the Sons of Temperance was organized by a brotherhood of men dedicated to the temperance movement and its abstaining of alcohol consumption. Modeling its constitution on those of the Free Masons and Odd Fellows, the Sons of Temperance became synonymous with high moral character and citizenship, counting among its membership the admirable likes of Abraham Lincoln, U. S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, Millard Fillmore, and Zachary Taylor. An exceptional letter from the nation's leader, embracing the temperance surge of the 1840s.
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