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It Beat the Dutch. A letter to the editor, including one much older ending in surprise:— Medford, December 1, 1912. Dear Mr. Mann:—Perhaps you would like the enclosed to go with the other Rum items. I copied it from a letter written by Simon Tufts at Cape Town, 20th March, 1801, to his brotherin-law, Benjamin Hall, Jr., whose wife, Lucy, was Simon Tufts' sister. Benjamin Hall was son of Benjamin Hall (whose letter I copied for you), and brother of Fitch Hall. Very truly yours, Eliza M. Gill. It appears to me if I judge right you are not in any commercial line—and 'tho not I hope going on steady—For your Satisfaction I must report to you that some Rum from your distillery has been lik'd at the Cape by the Dutch people. It was purchas'd among the Articles of a Cargo from Boston by the House here— But very little sells as so much brandy is manufactured in this country 'tho of an inferior quality! Having devoted space to the municipal water-works and to t