Brighton News Story – 23 November, 1789: “His Royal Highness does now occasionally report to use of that weed…”

Among the most singular absurdities of puffing, says the English Chronicle is, “The Prince of Wales’s Tobacco sold here:”  the absurdities, however, may not appear quite so glaring, when it is known that his Royal Highness does now occasionally report to use of that weed.  The Prince one evening very lately at Brighthelmstone, smoaked two or three pipes of tobacco, and which produced in his stomach an irritation not quite so agreeable the next morning; but as we apprehended his Highness smokes medicinally, that is an inconvenience not to be regarded.  This tobacco might have been purchased at the house in which these puffing words are affixed, and which surely gives the tobacconist a somewhat better pretence to Royal patronage then the wooden leg maker can possibly lay claim to.

From The Sussex Weekly Advertiser, 1789

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