From the Richmond Whig, 7/13/1864, p. 1, c. 6

MAYOR’S COURT. - ...William F. Corkley, proprietor of the Spotswood Hotel, charged with violating the anti-liquor law by retailing ardent spirits to be drunk in his bar room. In this case the police officer saw a gentleman take a drink at the bar - got into conversation with him, and learned that the potation in which he had indulged was brandy - no soda water and raspberry vinegar this time.

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