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Dinners and dining Washington (D.C.) History 19th century

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Subject Source: Local sources

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Nourishing the Congress by Lucia C. Stanton, (April 1988), E332.2 .A5 1988A

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Identifier: id3971
Scope and Contents As president, Jefferson took pains to entertain and feed the members of the convening Congress often and well, providing both an agreeable and less formal table (round rather than rectangular to facilitate conversation and avoid ranking guests, and invitations from Th. Jefferson rather than the President were just a few of his innovations) and the finest cuisine prepared by his French chef, Honoré Julien. Among the other French agents that added to the elegance of Jefferson’s White House were...

Observing the Health Law by Lucia Cinder Stanton, (April 1986), E332.2 .A5 1986A

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Identifier: id3559
Scope and Contents As president, Jefferson adopted, as a personal habit and model for Washington society, a manner of intentional informality. He instituted random ("convenient") seating assignments of dinner guests with the policy of "pell-mell" and passed, as a form of social legislation, the "Health Law," which banned toasting at the dinner table. In addition to stamping out an old English custom, the "Health Law" limited political conversation (and thus partisan animosity) at dinner and elicited positive...