Mon, 27 Sep 1999 10:36:02 -0400
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
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 /
The book also describes Mark Twain's part in the event.
I hope this helps!
* Annie married Charles Webster the following September.