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December 2007


(Above) Letter dated 9 December 1932 from M MacWhite of the Irish Free State Legation in Washington DC to the Secretary of the Department of External Affairs relating to a request for assistance from the Guinness Brewery to ensure that their stout continues to be legally imported into the United States for “medicinal purposes”. During Prohibition, efforts were made by the federal government to remove malt beverages of foreign manufacture from the list of legally imported alcohol into the US and Guinness wished to avoid a scenario so detrimental to their export trade hence their request to the Irish legation for their influence in the matter.