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System Number: 10965
Date: 21 June 1873
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: Autograph file
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ADS[1]

Diner du 21 Juin

2 Lindsay Houses.

Consommée[2] à la Royale
Purée de Volaille Magenta
Truite Saumonée Hollandaise
Côtelettes d'Agneau Glacées Soubise
[Truie?] à la Ceylon [sic].
Aspic de foie gras.
Filets de Boeuf à la Marsaillaise
Jambon braisé - Madère au petit pois.
Cannetons Cressons. Salad.
Babas au Rhum.
Creme Oncle Tom[3].
Ananas à la Creme.
Ananas à l'eau.


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1.  ADS
Menu written by JW for a dinner at his house in Lindsey Row.

2.  consomée
The menu, written in French, consisted of clear soup, chicken purée (dyed magenta), salmon trout in a hollandaise sauce, glazed lamb cutlets, [unidentified], goose-liver in jelly, beef fillets with a Marseillaise sauce, braised ham with peas, duck with watercress, salad, rum baba, ice cream, pineapple fresh or with cream, and dessert. The banquet was not JW's every day fare and would have been designed for important guests. Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), print-publisher, collector and philanthropist [more], was certainly in town, and JW gave him a drawing the following day (#11984, Sketch of Maud (M.497)).

3.  Uncle Tom
Uncle Tom was the hero of Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852).