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Title: Address from the Residents of Amherst Island, Canada.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
SenderMembers of the Free Temperance Association
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAmherst Island, Ontario, Canada
DestinationAmherst Island, Ontario, Canada
RecipientPerceval, William
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipletter of thanks
SourceD/906/408: Presented by Mrs. R.J. Perceval, Kary Hill,Downpatrick, County Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9809282
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:10:98.
Word Count899
TranscriptViva Voce [Speech?]
To Wm [William?] Perceval Esq L

President of the Temperance Association of Amherst Island

Be loved and much respected Sir :-
The members of the "Free Temperance Association" hail
the present occasion as the most appropriate for tendering
you their sincere thanks for the energy you have displayed
in organizing and making this society. Though indiscriminate
applauding has become such a matter of course that a perfect
assurance of earnestness does not always command belief, yet
in the sentiments which we here express we claim the credit
of entire candour.

When you our much respected President first adopted
measures for forming a temperance society we hailed
the matter as a new era in the annals of this; well
knowing that the enterprise wanted nothing but a leader
possessed of energy and a disposition favourable to the
cause; though some parties entertained different opinions;
but their have been superseded by others similar to those
we now express, which are that we consider it the grand
commencement of prosperity in this Township. The change
introduced had been of a magical character, and is felt
from end to end of the township and many who are not
members testify to the same effect.

The impression made proves that temperance is no farce,
but that direction and great intentions gave characterized
it from the outset to the present time; and in no instance
has this impression been more felt than in the "Free
Temperance Association."
The Society is gradually increasing; every meeting witnesses
the introduction of new members and it is our opinion
as also our candid desire that it will go on increasing
until very few are left outside its pale
As a natural consequence one change cannot take place
without another of a different tendency; so the
reform brought about by the members of this society has
made a permanent impression on the few legalized resorts
of vice in our vicinity where the pernicious fluid is
doled out to its victims [and?] adherents.
These places in some reports, resemble the delapidated
remains of fortresses, which had at one time been the
strongholds of some powerful tyrant - and a greater
tyrant than that which temperance has to combat never
existed, yet he is losing ground in the contest waged
against him by its invincible advocates We regret there
are so few men of your disposition if they were more
numerous the strongholds of intemperance would be less
numerous. We congratulate ourselves on having your
[plank?] among us otherwise it would not be with us as
it is to night, We also congratulate you on the success
that has attended your undertaking and, as we are the
direct objects of this undertaking we have much reason
for doing so. As virtue in many instances is its own
reward we must rely on the truth of this maxim on the
present occasion, as it is entirely beyond our reach to
render you any just recompense for the many benefits we
have received at your hand.

There is another individual connected with this society
by who is justly entitled in the highest degree to many
thanks from us, we mean Mrs Perceval, who has taken
an active part in furthering the objects you had in
view in forming this society. We candidly assure you that
we entertain as high opinion of her as yourself; in as
much that we consider we are indebted to her for many
of the female members which we number.

In the event of you and Mrs Perceval being about to
be separated from us for a time to visit a land dear to
the memory of many here to night, you may be
certain that our best wishes shall accompany you.
Those who go down to the sea in Ships and do business
in the mightly waters behold in an extraordinary manner
the work of the creator. But may he who controls the wind
and the sea be ever near to protect you, and may that
comfort that moved on the face of the waters ere weak
human nature existed be always present to whisper words
of consolation. Having arrived at your destination may
the joys and pleasures which arise from visiting the
friends and associates of youth and times your be realized
by you in their fullest perfection.
Though changes may have come since the time you last saw
those dear to your memory you must look upon them as a
prelude to a better state of things and as part of the
work of Him who orders and presides over all changes from
the least to the greatest.
Though perfect felicity is unknown in this present world
yet we all look forward to one where virtue and vice shall
not contend for the mastery and where trouble and sorrow
may not enter. When the time arrives for you to return to
the scene of your labours among us you shall be greeted by
as hearty a welcome as has ever tendered to a person similarly
situated. We hope that we shall be able to represent this
society in as prosperous and flourishing a state as you this
night behold it. But be the ultimate results of this society
what they may. We assure you that nothing shall be left undone
by us to further its objects. These Mr President are a few
of our sentiments which we respectfully present to you for
it would be a herculean task to set forth.