Lynchburg Virginia, November 27, 1834.
Madison, Jackson, Adams Testimonial
Being satisfied from observation and experience, as well as from medical testimony, that ardent spirit as a drink, is not only needless, but hurtful; and that entire disuse of it would tend to promote the health, the virtue and happiness of the community, we hereby express our conviction, that would the citizens of the United States, and especially the Young Men, discontinue the use of it, they would not only promote their own benefit, but the good of the country and the world.
John Quincy Adams
Printed in the Lynchburg Virginian, November 27, 1834, reprinted in C. C. Pearson and J. Edwin Hendricks, Liquor and Anti-Liquor in Virginia, 1619-1919 (Durham, N. C., 1967), p. 310.