South Norwalk, Conn. C. V. Arnold, Printers. 1871. 1st Edition. 31 pp. 4-3/4" x 3-5/8". Blue wrappers, stitched and glued together, letterpress printed, black ink, now housed in a mylar sleeve. A VG copy, wrappers a bit soiled, light creasing to wrappers, edges and corners rubbed, age toning to leaves, internally clean and bright. Item #45988
This pamphlet was put together by the Sparking Water Temple Honor. No information was found through a basic internet search and nothing was found on OCLC. According the constitution this was a pro-temperance organization that not only held the members to the highest standards but also promoted the lifestyle to the public and worked to prevent the manufacture and traffic of alcohol. Membership was open to "All white males persons of good moral character, of sound health, [and] of the age of eighteen years and upwards...none others." There was an initiation fee of $3 and yearly membership fees ranging from $1-$4, depending how beneficial the temple was.
Stated in the preamble "We, whose names are annexed, desirous of cementing more closely the bonds of brotherhood, advancing the cause of temperance, affording additional aid in sickness and adversity, cultivating feelings of respect, promoting moral and mental improvement among ourselves, and extending our social relations, do agree to associate together and adopt the following Constitution and By-Laws."