Father Mathew says temperance cause progresses

Father Mathew says, in a recent letter, ‘Our sacred cause is steadily progressing, notwithstanding the troublesome times upon which we have fallen.  There are over five millions of teetotalers, and the proportion of backsliders is not one in five hundred.  The whole of the rising generation are being educated in the strictest habits of temperance; and in a few year drunkenness will be as a thing that has passed away, never to return.’

                                                    (Liberator, April 25, 1845, pg 4)