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Romance of the Atlantic
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Author: Hercules Robinson
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 Excerpt: ...There was a roast leg of mutton at the head, and a large ham at the bottom; there was also a dish of cods' sounds in their covering of egg sauce, and a dish of boiled chickens. "At the bottom, fried bacon and liver were seen. "At the top, there was soup in a swinging tureen; and before the admiral was placed a flat piece of ship pork nicely browned, the purpose of which was speedily apparent, for it was neatly cut up by his lordship in sixteen delicate slices, one of which was put into each of the sixteen plates as they were brought round, and cut into small dice by their respective proprietors, and then sent to the aforesaid tureen for a portion of the flatulent luxury which it afforded. The forty years of Collingwood's veneration for pea-soup was not to be lightly regarded; and accordingly all at the table (some of whom would as soon have had their mouth stuffed with ratsbane) commenced their refection with this luxury. The admiral, seeing my friend (a frightened boy) across the table, kindly invited him to drink wine before any body else. My aforesaid amicus bowed low, and then swallowed his wine, when he found that he had been utterly unmindful of all antique nautical bienseance; for he observed the admiral, before he drank his glass, say to his neighbour 'Lord Fact. Henry Paulett, I have the honour to drink your good health; Sir John Gore, your good health; Captain Otway, your health;' and so on all round. My friend determined to cure his hlot if he could, and when next asked to drink wine, he propounded his sanatory invocation first to the admiral, and then to every one at each side of the table, ending with his messmate Thomas Parr, round the muscles of whose mouth he observed a quiver, which might have developed itself into a smile, if it ...

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