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  • I think at least "sovereign remedy against the grumbling of guts" merits brackets. :-)

    June 15, 2010

  • "Rum, wrote traveler Edward Ward, was 'adored by the American English... 'tis held as the comforter of their souls, the preserver of their bodies, the remover of their cares, and promoter of their mirth; and is a sovereign remedy against the grumbling of guts, a kibe-heel chilblain or a wounded conscience, which are three epidemical distempers that afflict the country.'"

    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 14

    June 9, 2010