This petition was sent to the House from citizens of Avon, New York, who supported H.R. 8522, a bill that defined the required ingredients of lager beer. The petitioners warned that “adulterants such as corn, rice, starch, glucose and other substitutes,” when used instead of malt and hops, may affect the purity of beer, as well as the drinker’s health. Congressman Erastus Turner
of Kansas introduced the bill, as well as H.R. 11297, which called for the imposition of a tax on beer not made of purely malt and hops. The petition ends with a final endorsement for beer: “Pure and unadulterated, it is not only a mild, but an exceedingly wholesome beverage.” Neither H.R. 8522 nor H.R. 11297 made it out of the Committee on Ways and Means, where they were referred.