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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1838, Sunday, June 26, 1831

[Whisky Distillation, Manchester]

Such is the extent to which illicit distillation is carried on in Manchester, especially among the lower order of Irish, that it is supposed not less than 100 stills are weekly employed in the manufacture of whisky, notwithstanding the vigilance of the excise, who have destroyed upwards of 200 machines of this description within the last three years.