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  • A drink, of which beer is the principal ingredient, defined about 1815 as 'hot beer mixed with gin'. In later times, a s strong mixture of beer, gin, sugar, and ginger. It was, before coffee and tea were used, commonly made to be drunk in the morning, and hence is called morning purl.

    William Whitney, Century Dictionary, 1889

    There is yet another class of itinerant dealers... the river beer~sellers, or purlmen as they are more commonly called.

    Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor, 1861

    February 4, 2009