We are led to query whether the ten hogsheads of ‘patent spirits,’ which according to the letter was ‘Rum,’ that ‘bears a high reputation in this Country,’ was the first exported to England. As ‘every thing depends on the first start,’ Mr. Hall doubtless did his best to make a favorable impression on ‘Johnny Bull’ and extend the trade. The elder Hall's letter was short and to the point. The ‘neat proceeds’ are today net, though some old-timers still use the long e in speaking.
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