On this day in 1706, James Lansdown supplied beer to Thomas Bowrey. Lansdown bill, not paid until January 1709, covered a 53-month period.
In that time, Lansdown supplied only 4 dozen bottles and 12 gallons of beer, pale beer and ale – it would appear that this was for household consumption rather than provisioning a ship. From other documents in Bowrey’s papers, it is known that the household brewed their own beer. Was Lansdown’s beer stronger than the homemade small beer drunk on a daily basis or did it fill gaps in the household production?
There are a couple of points of interest in this bill. First, it demonstrates just how long tradesmen were expected to wait for payment at the time.
The second point of interest is that the first 2 sales were described as in bottles. At that stage, Bowrey had purchased 2 dozen bottles. The next purchase was 2 dozen bottles, corks & por. Was Bowrey reusing the bottles, having them refilled (poured) and sealed with new corks? That the final 2 sales were in gallons and include 2 dozen corks & por appears to confirm this.