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Debut of the Library Company Madeira this Saturday in Philadelphia


This Saturday, October 17, 2015, I will be participating in the debut of the “Library Company Madeira” in Philadelphia.  This Madeira is the latest in the Historic Series and stems from a collaboration between Mannie Berk, The Rare Wine Co., Ricardo Freitas, Vinhos Barbeito, and the Library Company.  The Library Company was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731 and is considered the first successful lending library in America.

Hill-Physick House which was originally owned by Madeira merchant Henry Hill. Image from HABS at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Hill-Physick House which was originally owned by Madeira merchant Henry Hill. Image from HABS at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Henry Hill was a successful Madeira merchant who lived in Philadelphia and also knew Benjamin Franklin.  As a partner in the firm Hill, Lamar, & Bisset, he sold Madeira to wealthy Americans including financier Robert Morris, signers of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll and John Hancock, and George Washington.  Many of the business letters sent to Henry Hill reside at the Library Company.  I recently studied a selection of these letters and will be presenting a brief talk on “The Role of the Madeira Shipper in Relation to American Connoisseurs: The Case of Henry Hill”.  For further information please see Unveiling of the “Library Company Madeira.

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