During the week of May 19 , for instance, the kitchen prepared 293 pounds of beef, 111 pounds of veal, 54 pounds of mutton, 129 pounds of lamb, 16 pounds of pork, calves' feet (for sweet colonial Jell-O), 44 chickens, 22 pigeons, 2 ducks, 10 lobsters, 98 pounds of butter, 32 dozen eggs, myriad fruits and vegetables, 3 half-barrels of beer, 20 bottles of porter, 9 bottles of "cyder," 2 bottles of Sauternes, 22 bottles of Madeira, 4 bottles of claret, 10 bottles of Champagne, and 1 twenty-eight-pound cheese.
Actually, it was probably Martha who was the bad actor here. She was the rich one in the family, and apparently called the shots about the slaves. Washington did leave provisions in his will to emancipate all his slaves . . . after Martha's death.
I guess his repayment is having his face stuck in countless g-strings, for eternity.
I am amazed that the USA's constitution has a provision that protects the owners of fugitive slaves. I mean, really? Don't you think it's time to take that bit out?
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