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The way we were: banquets

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine  
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A banquet at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle, in 1838 

Pliny the Younger writes to Septicius Clarus, 1st or 2nd century AD: “What a fellow you are! You promise to come to dinner and then fail to turn up! Well, here is my magisterial sentence upon you. You must pay the money I am out of pocket to the last farthing, and you will find the sum no small one. I had provided for each guest one lettuce, three snails, two eggs, spelt mixed with…

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