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Monday, September 23, 2013

Tippling Houses

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By 1668 there were so many taverns in tippling-houses in the colony that it became necessary to reduce the number in each county to one or two, unless, for the accommodation of travellers, more should be needed at ports, ferries and the crossings of great roads. The fine for conducting drinking-shops without a license was two thousand pounds of tobacco in 1666. The following year so many laws were passed for the purpose of suppressing long-standing abuses, a legislative attempt was made to enforce was practically amounted to general prohibition. Thus, the licenses of all inns, alehouses and tippling-houses, except those at James City, and at the two great ferries of the York River, were revoked.

Sources: Henings Statutes, vol. II, p. 234, 263, 287; Bacon's Laws, 1676, Henings Statutes, vol. II, p. 361.

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