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Mon, 27 Sep 1999 10:36:02 -0400
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In the Mark Twain Papers there is a letter written by Annie Moffett* on
12 January 1875 to her brother Samuel. In it, Annie, on a Hartford visit,
describes a luncheon which took place at three o'clock on the day before
the 11th.

Guests: Mr. and Mrs. John Raymond and Kate Field, obviously in Hartford
for a performance of the Sellers play.

Menu:      1st course-- soup
        2nd course--quails and rice "croquets"
        3rd course-- chicken "croquets" and salad (which she helped
        4th course-- strawberry “short cake"
        5th course-- orange ice
        "lastly"-- fruit and coffee

Annie also describes the table setting, complete with flowers and
"exquisite" dishes and demitasse spoons.

See also Aaron Watson, THE SAVAGE CLUB (London, 1907): Opposite page 126
there is a signed menu of the Club's dinner of 9 June 1899. That menu:

Soup--Asparagus / Fish--Mayonnaise of Salmon / Cold Joints--Roast Lamb
with Mint Sauce, Salad, Roast Ribs of Beef with Horseradish Sauce /
Sweets--French Finger Pastry, "Pine Apple" Creams, Wine Jellies /
Parmesan Straws

The book also describes Mark Twain's part in the event.

I hope this helps!

Mary Boewe

* Annie married Charles Webster the following September.