New England Society for the Suppression of Vice

“New England Society for the Suppression of Vice. Established 1878; incorporated 1884. No established office. Application to be made to the agent, No. 13 Pemberton Square. Its object is to “purify literature, and check the spread of immoral agencies, by appeals to publishers and dealers in newspapers and cheap novels, and by influencing legislation.” It investigates special cases, and, when necessary, prosecutes them. It further undertakes to suppress gambling and houses of ill-fame. This is the society which in 1882 urged the suppression of the publication of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” which occasioned considerable literary and newspaper discussion at the time.”

From Bacon’s Dictionary of Boston, Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1886

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