Item #8824 I Wish to Employ a Brewer and Distiller…. Alexander Love.

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Love, Alexander.

I Wish to Employ a Brewer and Distiller…

Norfolk County, Virginia, 1802. Broadside, 8” x 6.5”. CONDITION: Good, some tears at edges and small holes along the fold at the center of text.

A broadside issued by Alexander Love of Virginia seeking a “well-recommended” brewer who “understands Malting Grain and Brewing Porter,” as well as a distiller who “will make Gin equal to that imported from Holland.”

Having erected a brewery and distillery “of great public utility” in Norfolk County, Love advertises in this 1802 broadside for “a Brewer that understands malting Grain and brewing Porter, and will make Porter equal to the Brown Stout imported from London, and teach my sons the trade” and “a Distiller that understands malting, and will make Gin equal to that imported from Holland.” These capable brewers and distillers would be compensated with “Two Hundred Dollars per annum…bed, board, and washing,” and, “if a married man, accommodation equal to the board, &c. of a single man…to induce his utmost skill and care, 5 per cent on the sale of the porter he makes of that quality, and in proportion to profits on inferior, for 4 years.” These two operatives were expected “to assist each other in every respect. Quality being my object, knowing that that will command price and demand, I will allow a free use of prime materials––and none but complete tradesmen, that are sober, careful and industrious, need apply.”  

Love was evidently operating at quite some scale when this advertisement was issued, owning over a thousand acres of land upon which his brewing and distilling operation was housed in a “building, 120 by 60 feet” with “room for as many Store Butts as will contain between eighty and ninety thousand gallons…to contain a sufficient stock of Porter and Gin.” Love entices potential respondents with the promise of appropriate resources and facilities, noting that the “water is good, and the works constructed in the best way I could think of, without regard to expence. The building…is in my opinion equal to malting, brewing and distilling 250 bushels of gray every day with ease.” Apparently, the reason he did not simply operate a brewery (sans distillery) was that “the sales, however good the Porter, will not be equal to what can be made at the works,” so therefore “for some years, the rest of the time will be employed in distilling Gin,” although, if and when he was able, it seems that Love ultimately intended to confine his business exclusively to brewing. 

As of 1778, Love owned “one twentieth part of a new distillery,” on a tract of land previously owned by Mr. Cornelius Calvert, “the justice of Norfolk county from July 8, 1729, to January 17, 1729-30.” This operation was destroyed by fire and Love erected his own brewery in 1779, presumably the one in use when he issued this broadside. Apart from his brewing and distilling activities, Love also operated a general market where one could find “CORDAGE of all kinds; LEATHER of all Kinds; West India goods of all kinds…RUM and REFINED SUGAR” and had a hand in the tobacco business, as a partner in John Mitchell & Co.’s “Tobacco and Snuff Manufactory.” His name appears in several legal proceedings in Virginia during the last quarter of the eighteenth century, in addition to several advertisements offering tracts of land and general goods for sale. 

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REFERENCES: Virginia, General Assembly, House of Delegates. Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia, 1781); “Advertisement,” The Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, May 16, 1771, p. 3; “Advertisement,” The Virginia Gazette, May 16, 1771, p. 4; “Advertisement,” The Virginia Gazette, July 17, 1778, p. 4; “Advertisement” Virginia Chronicle and Norfolk and Portsmouth General Advertiser, Norfolk, June 22, 1793, p. 3; “Advertisement,” Richmond Enquirer, May 20, 1823, p. 1.

Item #8824

Price: $2,250.00

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