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On the Demon Drink

By Carolineld @carolineld
If lectures on malt liquors and fermentation interest you, it may seem a pity that this particular series happened back in 1838. However, if you were hoping for a few samples to taste you would have been sorely disappointed: these were organised by the New British & Foreign Temperance Society. Among the later talks was the intriguing 'non-existence of alcohol in any natural production', perhaps not the most scientifically sound account!
These were the early days of the temperance movement, and the Society had been founded only a few years before. It had been in Deptford for at least two years, and the lecture series suggests that it had attracted adherents in the area.
NEW BRITISH & FOREIGNTEMPERANCE SOCIETY.THEOld & New Kent Road BranchTO THE SOUTH LONDON AUXILIARY.
A COURSE OF LECTURESWILL BE DELIVERED AT HATCHAM CHAPEL,Mason Street, near New Cross Turnpike.Under the Superintendence of the Committee of the above Branch,in the following Order:-
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1838,On Malt Liquors, by Mr. F. GROSJEN.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30,On Fermentation, by Mr. DART.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13,On the Anatomical Structure of Man, by Dr. OXLEY.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27,Non-existence of Alcohol in any Natural Production, by Mr. DART.
TUESDAY, DECMEBER 11,Physiological Nature and Effects of Alcoholic Drinks, by H. V. GARMAN, Esq.
Doors open at Half-past 6; Lectures to commence at 7 o’Clock precisely.Free Admission to the Public. No Collection.

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