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September 26 1812: A Continuous Four Hour Meal


On September 26 1812, John Cam Hobhouse and David  Baillie, travelling in Wales, have an epic meal. Hobhouse writes
Modesty would prevent me from recording my own exploits on this occasion if I had not been far surpassed by my fellow-traveller. As it is, I shall and must say that salmon, mutton, and partridges disappeared in succession before me and left no vestiges of what they were. The interval between dinner and bedtime was well filled up with muffins and honey, so that the last four hours of our yesterday’s existence might be said to be one continued meal. Never did Baillie so shine, and I, though at a distance, did things worthy of my great
prototype – to bed at ten.

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