The other day I received a note from a friend. The note was filled with unexpected manna-things. Which was rather wonderful!
These manna-things were sent by Janet Clarkson, better known to her fans as The Old Foodie. I’m not sure where she found the time to find and send along manna-information to me – with a new book release Menus from History upcoming to edit . . . along with another one – The Pie – A Global History just published – but I’m glad she did, for right in front of your very eyes you will see that she sent along a gorgeous manna-tree.
The image comes from the 1834 issue of The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The story that goes along with the image describes at length what was involved in the collection of the manna-sugar from the tree in the year 1834. I wondered – what else happened that year?
The Whig Party is officially named by United States Senator Henry Clay.
The Spanish Inquisition, which began in the 15th century, is suppressed by royal decree.
Slavery is abolished in the British Empire (see Slavery Abolition Act).
The South Australia Act allows for the creation of a colony there.
The British East India Company monopoly on China trade ends.
A rather calm year, all in all. But I’ll always think of it now with the exquisite illustration of the manna-tree from the Penny Magazine in my mind’s eye.