Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

But you can assure Mother that all of her friends here will vote right ... not that we consider it a matter of great moment whether spirituous liquor is sold legally in consequence of lax laws, or illegally in consequence of lax officers as would probably be the case (at least hereabouts) if no licenses were granted. But we should vote "anti" for the looks and name of the thing.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. I, p. 201, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Fanny Hayes Platt (April 13, 1847).

Written to his sister with the object of teasing his mother (a strong temperance advocate) while he was practicing law in Lower Sandusky, Ohio (now Fremont).
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