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Extracts from memoirs and diaries on parties

By Ian Irvine   December 2011

Politician Chips Channon (right) entertains guests at his home in Belgrave Square, 1947

Thomas Turner, a grocer in Sussex, writes in his diary, 22nd February 1758

About four pm I walked down to Whyly. We played at bragg the first part of the even. After ten we went to supper on four boiled chicken, four boiled ducks, minced veal, sausages, cold roast goose, chicken pasty and ham. Our company, Mr and Mrs Porter, Mr and Mrs Coates, Mrs Atkins, Mrs Hicks, Mr Piper and wife, Joseph Fuller and wife, Tho. Fuller and wife, Dame Durrant, myself and wife and Mr…

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