Collection number: MS 163
Size: 1 item (0.10 cu.ft.)
About the Shaker Ministry of Canterbury Letter
Three-page letter to John Beck of Enfield, N.H. January 22, 1836, containing a wealth of information about evolving dietary practices among Believers and the perceived benefits resulting from them. Primarily relaying parts of two letters from New Lebanon, New York, the letter includes a recipe for coarse bread, mentions the serving of Graham porridge for dinner, and describes the substitution of cold water for tea, coffee, or chocolate. It also notes the decreased use of alcohol and, especially among the young, tobacco, as well as the sparing consumption of animal foods. Of topical interest, given the current climate towards tobacco, is the advice, taken from Mother Lucy, “not to gather a party spirit about such things, nor feel against those who choose still to make use of the (nasty) weed.”
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Shaker Ministry of Canterbury Letter, 1836, MS 163, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
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