Inaugural Address 1870
Here Chamberlain argues for better treatment of the insane pointing out the overcrowding and dreary conditions
that existed in the insane asylum.
He reports on the establishment of a militia that he called for in his first term,
but due to lack of funds from war debt he delayed its establishment.
He also addresses the liquor law, or Maine Law, that continued to be a debate dividing the Republicans.
Because of his stand against the Constabulary Act Chamberlain's party began to doubt his loyalty to their cause.
While he believed in temperance Chamberlain stood firm against unlawful search and seizure.
He concludes by expressing his belief that laws can only suppress the problem, but cannot heal the alcoholic.
"Restrain and intimidate as much as you can by law; it is only by the Gospel still that men can be converted from evil."