ALL FOR RUM by Walter M.- Ed. Merrill


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This memoir by James Holley Garrison, the brother of the famous abolitionist- William Lloyd, is interpreted by the editor and related to the known biographical facts for the modern reader, and provides a sorry example of a life in which ""all had gorn for rum"" and led to utter self-destruction. In his 13th year, as a cobbler's apprentice, James was to become addicted to ""ardent spirets"" and quickly came to the end of the road to ruin- from which his mother tried to save him again and again. Shipping out as a merchant seaman, he was to be beaten up, stranded, forced to evade his debtors, and delirium tremens put the seal on his ""liquid damnation"". The last years of his active life- until he became too ill and incapacitated to continue- were spent in the Navy, and this record... along with his final confession of guilt- was preserved by his brother for his son... There's a certain documentary- along with a more conjectural cautionary value here, but the market is at best limited.

Pub Date: April 6th, 1954
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin