If lectures on malt liquors and fermentation interest you, it may seem a pity that this particular series happened back in 1838. However, if you were hoping for a few samples to taste you would have been sorely disappointed: these were organised by the New British & Foreign Temperance Society. Among the later talks was the intriguing 'non-existence of alcohol in any natural production', perhaps not the most scientifically sound account!
These were the early days of the temperance movement, and the Society had been founded only a few years before. It had been in Deptford for at least two years, and the lecture series suggests that it had attracted adherents in the area.
NEW BRITISH & FOREIGNTEMPERANCE SOCIETY.THEOld & New Kent Road BranchTO THE SOUTH LONDON AUXILIARY.A COURSE OFLECTURESWILL BE DELIVERED ATHATCHAM CHAPEL,Mason Street, near New Cross Turnpike.Under the Superintendence of the Committee of the above Branch,in the following Order:-TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1838,On Malt Liquors, by Mr. F. GROSJEN.TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30,On Fermentation, by Mr. DART.TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13,On the Anatomical Structure of Man, by Dr. OXLEY.TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27,Non-existence of Alcohol in any Natural Production, by Mr. DART.TUESDAY, DECMEBER 11,Physiological Nature and Effects of Alcoholic Drinks, by H. V. GARMAN, Esq.Doors open at Half-past 6; Lectures to commence at 7 o’Clock precisely.Free Admission to the Public. No Collection.