Martin’s Portsmouth Brewery

Michael Martin’s confession offered a complete timeline of his movements and activities in America since he arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in June 1819. He stated that after working as a laborer in Salem, he moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and opened a brewery.

This clipping from the January 30, 1821 edition of the New Hampshire Gazette confirms that Martin, under the same name, did indeed begin a brewery operation in Portsmouth. It was very short-lived–by April he had fled town, later claiming that suppliers had swindled him.

The illustration below appeared in the Wayside Press edition of Michael Martin’s confession.