Materials on revenue from the distilling and retailing of liquors, 1794-1803


Date: 1794-1803 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet


This collection contains applications to possess and operate stills and to retail spirits and liquors, receipts for distilled liquors, accounts of monies collected by Lawrence Erb and James Brice. Pennsylvania counties covered are Berks, Fayette, Franklin, Philadelphia, and York.

Collection Information

Physical description

35 items.


Received and accessioned, 1900. Provenance unknown.

Early American History Note

This collection contains a number of tax lists for the collection of revenue on spirits. It begins in 1794, the year of the Whiskey Rebellion, and continues to 1803. The lists appear to be for sellers of "wine and foreign distilled spirits," meaning that this was not the tax Whiskey rebels found odious. Although the documents are not uniform, most lists contain the distiller's name, place of operation, and amount of tax paid.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania.


  • Business Records and Accounts
  • Official Government Documents and Records

Geographic Name(s)

  • Berks County (Pa.)
  • Fayette County (Pa.)
  • Franklin County (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia County (Pa.)
  • York County (Pa.)


  • Business and Skilled Trades
  • Early National Politics
  • Government Affairs
  • Liquor industry -- Pennsylvania.
  • Tariff on liquors -- Pennsylvania.