Anthony Comstock (1844-1915) Autograph Sentiment Signed, "Very truly yours, Anthony Comstock, City", 3 x 1.75, by the head the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. This self-declared "weeder in God's garden," was a crusader for Victorian values: an institution dedicated to supervising the morality of the public. And, he was largely responsible for Congressional passage of what became known as the Comstock Law (1873), prohibiting mail or print transmission of anything deemed "obscene, lewd or lascivious." At the height of Comstock's considerable influence, obscene materials were defined to include birth control information, marriage manuals, and even in some cases anatomy textbooks. The US Post Office made Comstock a special agent with police powers, and he boasted of his responsibility for 4,000 arrests, 15 suicides, and the destruction of 15 tons of books. He aroused intense loathing from early civil liberties groups and strong support from church-based groups that were worried about public morals. Comstock's ideas of what might be "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" were quite broad. During his time of greatest power, even some anatomy textbooks were prohibited from being sent to medical students by the United States Postal Service. In fine condition, with age toning and small pieces of tape on the right side.