Advertiser Adelaide 1841 p. 3 Petition from the people against prohibition of distilling to Sir George Gawler Order of Hanoverian Guelphic Knights.pdf
Petition against Prohibition of Distilling to Sir George Gawlor
Royal Hanoverian Order of Guelphic Knights, knight, knights, knighthood, George Gawlor, Prohibition, Distilling, Petition, Merchants, Tradesmen, Colonists, Comparison with Scotland and Ireland, medieval lexicon of request
Interested parties plead their cause, which is to allow distillation of alcoholic drinks, to his Excellency, Lieut, Col. George Gawler, Knight of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Province of South Australia, and to the Legislative Assembly. Their main claims are that prohibition does not work, that they need employment, that agricultural productivity relies on distillation and that scaring people about the evils of 'drink' is counterproductive. A medieval English lexicon of complaint is found in the final addresses: 'on these grounds your petitioners respectfully pray', and 'your petitioners will ever pray, etc.' A tone of deferral to his 'Excellency' combines with rational argument against prohibition.
The Advertiser, p. 3
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