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illustrated.1893 Excerpt: ... The numerous meetings, resulting from
the division in the Society of Friends, are not included in the
list. CONSIDERATIONS ON THE GRANTING OF LICENSES TO SELL
INTOXICATING DRINKS, 1879. It had for many years been a growing
source of dissatisfaction that the practice of our courts, in
granting tavern licenses, was not in accordance with the spirit of
the license laws, nor in harmony with the progressive public
sentiment in favor of temperance. Four years ago, (1875) Judge
Butler, of this County, feeling no doubt the pressure of this
dissatisfaction, gave an exposition of the practice of the court in
the premises. (See West Chester Local News, May 19th, 1875); This
exposition led me to prepare a series of critical notes on the
subject, which appeared in subsequent issues of the same paper. As
the cause for complaint still exists, I have been induced to repeat
them in an amended form, with some additions. Believing that
Chester was as ably represented in her judicial appointments, as
any of her sister counties, I accepted the proceedings of Judge
Butler as a fair standard of court practice for the State, with the
express understanding that my strictures were not personal, but
general. Judges are, like other men, fallible. They too are
creatures of circumstances. They become habituated to particular
modes of thought in the construction of laws, and to special forms
of procedure in their administration. By too close an adherence to
those traditional methods, the progress of intellectual, moral and
religious improvement may be seriously hindered, and the good
purpose of the law, frustrated. I shall endeavor to show that such
has been, and is, the fact in regard to the granting of tavern
licenses. Language, like all human productions, is imperfect, often
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