Unformatted text preview: “Outsiders might disapprove of free love, but it was hard to think badly of people who were so straitlaced, so generous, and so successful in business.” Utica, New York Observer, 1873: No finer example of quiet industry and inflexible honesty can be found. Its cash business cannot fall far short of a million dollars yearly. AIts members use neither tobacco nor strong drink, are models of good order, tenderly care for each other, and threat the world outside with uniform courtesy and respect. The community disbands in 1879, when a local minister charges that Noyes is violating the Comstock Laws....
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- Spring '07
- History, Sexual intercourse, John Humphrey Noyes, Coitus interruptus, Yale Divinity School