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Cary writes to express sympathy concerning Finley's illness. The Divisions (Sons of Temperance) entrusted to Finley will regret that he is unable to fulfill his official duties due to failing health. He discusses at length their work together to eradicate the vice of alcohol. He tells Finley -- "You have witnessed in this great valley the ravages of intemperance for perhaps forty years and doubtless have wept and prayed over the desolation of Zion growing out of this vice." Cary also states -- "I am a Son of Temperance, not for personal honor or glory, they are but dust -- but that God may be glorified and man blessed." He then expresses his solicitude for the inmates of the prison and asks to be remembered to them. Abstract Number - 1068
Cary's Academy/Temperance Cottage
Temperance Letters; Sons of Temperance; State Prison Letters; Finley Health
Cary, Samuel F., "Letter from Samuel F. Cary to James B. Finley" (1847). Finley Letters. 1052.