he Genn that I expect to make some experiments with—he had a patent for the improvement.
I have not had an oppertunity of conversing with any distiller on its utility—I have been told that the Stills us'd here are very large, that there is one about four Miles up the River that holds Twenty Thousand Gallons, I have not seen it therefore cannot answer for the truth of the [story]
Johnny Bull is fond of telling great Stories of his Country & a proper allowance must be made for his way
Mr Gore & Mr Hall desire their best respects
Yours affectionately F Hall
In this we note the slowness of the trans-Atlantic communication in those days, and the care taken for the carrying of letters.
The French spoliation claims are foreshadowed, also something of international diplomacy, but the Medford business is the chief subject.
It will be news to present Medfordites that her spirit was patented in England.
Evidently the English distillers looked with little favor on the Yankee craf