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The humble potato

From Blackwood’s Magazine, November 1819: We have often congratulated ourselves on having flourished after the extinction of chivalry, the decline and fall of the empire of ghosts, and the introduction of potatoes into this island. We never could have endured a shirt of mail […] The luxury of being negligently dressed, of lying diffused all day over a sofa, was then unknown. […] Neither were there potatoes in those days — and...