Quotes from The Virago Book of Food: The Joy of Eating
ANNA MCNEILL WHISTLER
Mr Ingersoll and Wm. Winans dined with father and I, we had a Baltimore ham to relish turkey and pea nuts for dessert, but mince pies or plum pudding I have not ventured to propose since the Cholera season...
I had about sixteen to make tea for...Cook had made some of her most transparent jelly in lieu of fruit which one does not offer in these Cholera times, & if English palates did not fancy Pea-nuts the American lads were not slow to help themselves, & Stuarts sugar plums & candy went around.
Whistler's Mother's Cook Book