Excerpt from Twenty-First Annual Report of the Massachusetts Temperance Society, Presented by the Council, at the Annual Meeting in Boston, May 29, 1834
In the month of October, the Agent, by particular re quest, visited the town Of Cohasset, in the county of Nor folk. NO temperance society had then been Organized in that town, although about thirty of the citizens had sub scribed a constitution. The Agent delivered two lectures to numerous and attentive assemblies. At the close of the second lecture, a meeting was appointed for organizing a society. This meeting was accordingly held, and, as one of the clergymen Of the place afterwards informed the Agent, a society was organized, containing at the time, 190 mem bers. This society has since been enlarged, and no per son in the town is now licensed to sell ardent spirit.
In the county Of Bristol, the Agent has lectured in New Bedford, F airhaven, Dartmouth, Westport, Fall Riv er and Taunton. In each of these towns, there was found a temperance society, and commendable efforts and good progress had been. Made in the temperance reform. To some of the societies, considerable additions were made at the close Of the lectures. No licenses are given the present year for retailing ardent spirit in the county of Bristol. Large quantities of it, however, are still bought and drank at taverns and dram-shops, and much Of it sold, it is said, especially in the large towns, under disguised names.
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