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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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this season. The plan being adopted through my
recommendation, I feel myself under an obligation
to pay attention to it, and this occupies, at present,
a great portion of my time. We propose to have
separate buildings for men and women patients,
about 300 feet distant from each other, besides one
other building, remote from these, for violent noisy
patients; this will be a great improvement on the old
system, of having them all under one roof.

There is no one evil prevalent in this country, we
have so much reason to lament and deplore, as the
intemperate use of ardent spirits. It is distilled
mostly from grain, in every part of the United States,
and sold at about seventy-five cents per gallon. The
quantity of brandy, gin, and rum imported from
Europe and the West Indies, and whiskey, &c., made
in this country, is equal to twenty-four millions of
gallons, so that, supposing the population of the Uni-
ted States to be eight millions, this gives to each man,
woman, and child, three gallons a-year! In the late
war, it is supposed six thousand persons lost their
lives, owing to that dreadful calamity, and that a
greater number of persons were destroyed during
that period by the use of spirituous liquors. This
vice enervates the mind to such a degree, that of the
individuals whose habits are fixed in the use of it,
scarcely one in one thousand leave it off; attention
to wives, children, friends, their own interest, health,
character, rank in life, and reputation, are all sacri-
ficed to gratify their inclination for this most dreadful
poison. There appears no remedy sufficient to cure
this disease of the mind, but the operation of the
power of religion.

I am, with sentiments of great regard and esteem,
Thy affectionate friend, THOMAS EDDY.
To PATRICK COLQUHOUN, Esq.