H.G. Guinness grandson of brewer endorses abstinence from alcohol

God and H.G. Guinness

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Henry Grattan Guinness stated: “It is, I trust, temperance, in the Bible sense — that is, the government of the passions — which is leading to the careful abstinence from intoxicating drinks; they avoid them as temptations by which the inhabitants of this province have been led into terrible evils; and this revival has cured many drunkards, who have stood out against all temperance societies.”

(Henry G. Guinness, 1860, The Revival In Ireland)

  • Henry’s grandfather Arthur Guinness started the Guinness brewery.
  • Henry’s step-brother John Grattan II Guinness was dismissed by the brewery for “drunkenness and mixing in degrading company.”
  • But Henry himself endorsed abstinence from alcohol. He was delighted by the evangelical revival God brought to Ireland.

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