Delmonico's

Delmonico's

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...report, "that although he knew me to be an enemy of the United States, he gave me frank and cordial credit, and could only by vehement entreaty be persuaded to send in his bill at the expiration of each month." As the Eighties Came In One ugly feature he did see in 1863 was wide-open gambling houses, with their "faro, euchre, poker, and old-sledge"; but he had been handsomely entertained at "palatial clubs... the Union, the Union League, the New York, the Manhattan, and the Athenaeum; and on certain Saturday nights, at a reunion called the Century Club," where he had met "literature, art, and science in combination with stewed oysters and hot 'whiskeyskins.'" He had heard that "across the water at Brooklyn, there was... a very large church where an eloquent minister, named, I think, Beecher," held forth with exhibitions of sacred sensationalism, and he had actually been taken by "my old friend Phineas T. Barnum to hear another eloquent divine, named Dr. Chapin..." Sala had pronounced New York in 1863 "incurably Copperhead, and at least nine-tenths Secesh." This was a gross exaggeration, although much sympathy with the South did exist in the city. The character of his hosts Sala praised extraordinarily and upon returning to London he wrote with enthusiasm: "The Americans are an eminently hospitable and generous people. A stingy American is a monster... They make their money quickly, and they spend it quickly. They have no time to be miserly, for a short life and a merry one is at least the New York motto. When a broker finds Wall Street frowns upon him, or a merchant is on the eve of bankruptcy, he proceeds to Delmonico's and has a capital dinner, with plenty of Cliquot...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515072
  • 9781236515070