This well-known Welsh temperance advocate enjoyed a career as sailor and sea captain before becoming a mover and shaker among the Good Templars, establishing many hundreds of lodges and children's lodges throughout Wales and leading their temperance cause; he was elected to their highest offices nationally and internationally. Item #35113
ANS, 1p, 5" X 8", New York, NY, 1874 June 6. Addressed to "Dear Brother." Near fine. Mounting traces on verso. On decorative blue "Juvenile Temples of Wales I.O.G.T." letterhead, which lists Thomas as "General Superintendent" (and on which he has crossed out his hometown of Carnarvon and inserted "New York"), Thomas pens in his big, bold hand, "I have been quite delighted in visiting Peabody Salem & Massachusetts...." (In 1876, in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas was elected Grant Treasurer of the Supreme Grand Lodge of the World, so perhaps he was on an earlier tour of American Good Templar locations.) Interesting and unusual.