Lyon, Irving Whitall, 1840-1896. / The colonial furniture of New England
Chapter VI. Tables., pp. -232 ff.
TABLES The earliest allusion to the household use of tea that we have met with is in the item, " i Tinn Tea- pot," found in the inventory of Doctor Benjamin Orman, late of the Island of Barbadoes, made in Boston in 1695. Other early references are as fol- lows: " i Tee Table;" inventory of Captain John Blowers, mariner, Boston, 1708. "A Tea Pott;" inventory of Elizur Holyoke, Boston, I711-I2. "i oval Tea Table Japand." "i Japan Tea Table splitt in ye Leaf;" inventory of John Wharton, Boston, 17 12-13. "A parcel China 2 old Tea Tables, fI. io;" inventory of Nicholas Roberts, Boston, 1715. "I Small Teapott, 8 s." "1 io lbs of Green Tea, at 20S., £10." "5 lbs of Bohee Tea, at 40s., £'10;" inventory of Captain Walter Roswell, above cited, 1717. After this date tea tables and tea dishes are found in most of the wealthy estates. Chocolate is mentioned in 1679 in the inventory of Thomas Scott, of Boston, in such a way as to lead one to think that it had been obtained for domestic use. On the 2oth of October, 1697, Sewall wrote in his diary, " I wait on the Lieut. Governour at Dor- chester, and there meet with Mr. Terry, breakfast together on Venison and Chockalatte." In 1704, "4 China Chocolat Cups" were mentioned in the inventory of Samuel Shrimpton, of Boston.
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