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Abby Sale Folklore: Ratafee (strong drink) (20) RE: Folklore: Ratafee (strong drink) 01 Dec 06

I also sing & happy? "Unfortunate Miss Bailey" on August 7.

Seems that on August 7, 1776, before George Washington's defence of NY City, he ordered as supplies one case of Ratafia as well as much other wine and many cheeses.

Cited in Playboy July 2006, p43, from an unnamed Mt Vernon museum.

For the little it's worth, note that:
        His wicked conscience smited him,
        He lost his stomach daily,
        He took to drinking ratafia
        And thought upon Miss Bailey.

Ie, he took to drinking it after losing his stomach.

(Of course, I only read Playboy for the considerable scholarly information it provides.)

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