George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to Elbridge Gerry, 8 December 1791

Tobias Lear to Elbridge Gerry

Philadelphia, 8 Dec. 1791. Having received “the Pears and the curious fluted Cymbling which Mr. Gerry has been so good as to send them,” the president and Mrs. Washington “beg his acceptance of their best thanks for this mark of polite attention.”1

George D. Smith catalog #172, 1912–13, item 521.

1Cymling was a contemporary name for pattypan squash (Shannon, American Dictionary of Culinary Terms, description begins Ellen C. Shannon. American Dictionary of Culinary Terms: A Comprehensive Guide to the Vocabulary of the Kitchen. New York, 1962. description ends 62).

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