Antedating "Virginia ham" to 1795 & 1803 (UNCLASSIFIED)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 22 19:37:26 UTC 2010

At 3/22/2010 02:53 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC wrote:
>It was serious in the sense that maybe GW never
>used the exact phrase "Virginia Ham" in his
>writings, but that modern restaurant managers,
>believing that "Virginia ham" looks better
>written on a menu than "ham", chose to describe
>it that way.  In other words, just because the
>menu says that an entrée is authentic to period
>times, doesn't mean that it is lexicographically
>faithful to Washington's writings or his table.

Got it.  If the Index to the electronic version
of Washington's "Papers" is at all good, it will tell us.


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