from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An ale-house keeper.
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Your correspondent D. asks whether the word _ale-draper_ was ever in "good use."
Well, I get mee a wife; with her a little money; when we are married, seeke a house we must; no other occupation have I but to be an _ale-draper_. "
How rarely we meet with an ale-draper who is also a gentleman. "