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  • James Kirke Paulding told Morris Smith Miller that when he was in Washington, he would 'have some potential bouts at the mint juleps' and that he would share 'a secret by which you may get safely home after drinking six bottles. It is by just putting your feet on the edge of the table, by which means the wine is prevented from descending into the legs, thereby making them as drunk as nine pins. I have tried this method several times and do assure you, that ... you may drink up to the chin and afterwards walk home as steady as a church steeple.'

    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 133

    June 18, 2010