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“The respectable man of the lower order is a clerk undoubtedly… He lives in a small, eight-roomed house, in a terrace with a high-sounding name, ‘Adeliza’ or ‘Navarino’, in Camden-town or Dalston. He lets the drawing-room floor to a single gentleman… Pewter pots are never seen hanging on the area rails; for, in his respectability, he looks upon public-houses as the favourite baits of the devil, and has a four and a half-gallon cask of the mildest and cheapest bitter beer from the Romford brewery always on tap in his coal-cellar. It is with this innocuous fluid that the single gentleman and his friends are occasionally supplied, and charged at the rate of fourpence per pint.” From ‘Respectable People’ by Edmund H Yates,*The Train magazine, 1856 (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=oPYzAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA238#v=onepage&q&f=false).
(We think he’s describing what we’re beginning to suspect was the original AK, brewed by Ind Coope in the mid-1840s (http://zythophile.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/second-thoughts-on-the-mysterious-origins-of-ak/).)
Innocuous Fluid, 1856 (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/07/innocuous-fluid-1856/)

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