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."
For a commentary on the section on the liquor law, and a clearer copy of it, see Maine: A History page 562.

For a brief mention of Chamberlain's Governorship by General Sickles see: NY Times Sept. 12, 1872