[Sca-cooks] Queens Tea

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Mon Jan 28 12:29:52 PST 2013

That's correct. I was just pointing out tea was appearing in English printed books at that time. First in accounts and then the actual substance arrives before 1615.

OED cited this quotation first under the definition mentioned before, namely, " A meal or social entertainment at which tea is served."

1738   Jonathan Swift A complete collection of genteel and ingenious conversation (Polite conversation) 1731–38 (1738; Wks. 1738 VI) p. ii,   Whether they meet..at Meals, Tea, or Visits.

The article about tea in the 18th century to see might be


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On Jan 28, 2013, at 2:17 PM, David Friedman <ddfr at daviddfriedman.com> wrote:

> On 1/28/13 7:24 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:
>> Tea shows up right on the boundary line.
>> According to OED-
>> the plant
>> [1598   W. Phillip tr. J. H. van Linschoten [Disc. Voy. E. & W. Indies  i. xxvi. 46/1]   The aforesaid warme water is made with the powder of a certaine hearbe called Chaa.]
>> the drink
>> [1601   R. Johnson tr. G. Botero [Travellers Breviat  (1603) 216]   Water mixt with a certaine precious powder which they [the Japanese] use, they account a daintie beverage: they call it Chia.
> That's the word "tea." But it's describing its use outside of Europe, so it isn't evidence that tea was being drunk in Europe by 1600.
>> Tea as "A meal or social entertainment at which tea is served" is mid 18th century."
> Source? The traditional story  makes it 19th century, and I don't have my OED ready to hand.
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