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Binding: Paperback, 68 pages
Publisher: Kent Press
Weight: 0.21 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches
ISBN 10: 1408631377
ISBN 13: 9781408631379
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LONDON AT DINNER LONDON AT DINNER. WE expected to derive many lessons, and therefore benefits, from the Great Exhibition of 1851, and we were not deceived in the results. Our manufactures asserted their general superiority in the show, that they maintain in the market. Our morals, for the inviolability of which a timorous few were in doleful trepidation as if contact with strangers were contagion are still as sound an article as before that event. We learnt that our greatness and our virtue as a people are not fictitious. That was much to leain, and gratifying to know. But let not forget certain little practical lessons given us at the same time, one of them having an intimate connection with the work in hand. We had here a mass of strangers who, to the anxious query which at a particular hour of the day will occur to Britons equally with foreigners. Where shall we dine had no reply but Echo. For if they asked us, could we tell them We were absolutely as ignorant as they were. To be sure, there were plenty of houses, well stored with provender, and ready to supply it cooked and seasoned for a disbursement. But how cooked and for what amount, of disbumement Which lining house catered for the Saxon stomach, and which for the Celtic and again, which for the light purse, and which for the heavy one If we had no wish to be inhospitable then, let us at least seek to be better informed now, and escape the charge of involving our guests in I common tiibuhtion from inere helplessness. The matter is really of some importance to us individually, apart from the obnoxious libel so essential an omission involves. London at Dinner is an attempt to make up a previous deficiency in our national requirements, and we cherish o, conviction that it may be found serviceable to toreign visitants of our shores, and acceptable to our hitherto greatly bewildered countrymen. I t is not necessary, in this enlightened age, to denounce the gluttony and licentiousness of the Romans or, as a warning, to cite the orgies of Tiberius, Apicius, or Lucullus, which foreshadowed the decline and fall of the Empire while, on the other hand, it is pnrdonablc to hold with the great lexicographer, Dr. Johnson, that c okery is one of the arts that aggrandize life and that the masticational duties are those that we ought principally to attend to. Even the raiser, in Molikre, says you must eat to live, and not live to eat. The Scriptures enumerate the abundant means of living, and of food provided for the use of the human race. Evely herb bearing seed, and every tree which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed, was given to man and to Noah anrl his sons, the words went forth, Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you even as the green herb have I given you all things. But mark well, reader, these generous gifts were, for mans use, and not for mans abuse. Strangers in London, with money at command to dine when, where, and how it may suit their fancy, can, with perseverance and tact, always gratify their propensities in reason, but we cannot undertake to direct the voluptuary where to pamper his palate, and sow the seeds of wretchedness for himself. It is not in him to be satisfied anywhem We oddress ourselves to the saner portion of society. In London how, when, and where to dine must, in a great measure, depend on the days and the evenings amnsement. If business require attendance in the city, or pleasure to tlie Opern or theatre, a spot suitable to the neighbourhood will naturally be selected...

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