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. The disputes of children about their nuts & gingerbread have less folly and wickedness in them.
...less zeal to establish the government from which they derive their authority, than to detain them in the city of New York? By no means—they will act like children if they suffer themselves to be seduced by the gingerbread, nuts, and baby house which they have spread before them.—
...of the remaining two is a brief note in English, perhaps incomplete, warning Franklin to sign nothing that is not in that language; otherwise ambiguities are sure to arise in dealing with foreigners, and “one may take the Gingerbread for the Baker.”
particularly, with gingerbread which she will prefer to them.
...nothing since I left home. I hope you all continue well, yet should be happier to know it. I inclose a little tale for Anne. to Ellen you must make big promises, which I know a bit of gingerbread will pay off. kiss them all for me. my affectionate salutations to mr Randolph, consider it as a comment upon the failure of the Expedition. It has failed: & when the causes of the failure, become to be developed, the discerning & sensible will be apt to say, that the gingerbread stile of your Excelly’s Instructions, letters & offerings have been principally operative in murling the mouth of the expedition.—
According to John Bakeless “General Washington himself dealt with a few secret agents directly. One of these was probably the German baker—and specialist in fancy gingerbread—Christopher Ludwick, who, as “Baker General” of the Continental Army, supplied such bread as he could to the troops at Valley Forge. German born, long in business in Philadelphia, he was the ideal agent to encourage...
This letter has not been found. Christopher Ludwick (Ludwig; 1720–1801), a native German who had served in the Austrian and Prussian armies before establishing himself as a gingerbread baker at Philadelphia in 1754, was a volunteer in the flying camp. When Ludwick arrived at headquarters later
9General Orders, 28 March 1780 (Washington Papers)
, ser. 5). Rusk is a kind of toast baked twice for extra crispness. Potash was used in German gingerbread recipes. A account of Ludwick’s life in part reads: “He often dined with the Commander in Chief in large companies, and was always treated by him upon such occasions, with particular marks of attention. He frequently...
, without allowing them any Share in the Choice of the Legislators. By carefully making and preserving such Distinctions, you will (to keep to my Simile of the Cake) act like a wise Gingerbread Baker, who, to facilitate a Division, cuts his Dough half through in those Places, where, when bak’d, he would have it