Tea: Debaucher of Youth?
"This terrible foreign invader encouraged young men to stay “a lurking in the bed” rather than earning an honest wage. It turned women to harlotry and insolence, caused atrocious child neglect, and was armed to carry everyone off to their grave a decade early. This enemy of virtue? Why, tea, of course. [. . .] [S]ocial reformer William Cobbett’s fevered rant about the moral and national implications of tea-drinking was even more vehement.The tea drinking fills the public house, makes the frequenting of it habitual, corrupts boys as soon as they are able to move from home, and does little less for the girls, to whom the gossip of the tea table is no bad preparatory school for the brothel…"
i think i will put the kettle on. pray for me!