Church Not Paying Cost of Chocolate, Complains Minister
Today’s tough economics send many of us to sweets and chocolate to find comfort on tighter budgets. Candy satisfies us today; in the Colonial Period in North America, the daily menu often included drinking chocolate.
In 1747 a minister only identified as “Your humble Servant, T.W.,” published a lament about his congregation not maintaining his cost of living in the Boston Evening Post. He claimed this was a common complaint amongst his clergy colleagues. This included his costs for chocolate. He bemoaned in his letter:
Upwards of 40 years ago I was ordained Pastor of a Church… and by the unanimous Vote of my People had settled on me… with which I could buy (as I find by looking over my Accounts 40 Years back) the following Articles… [including] Chocolate…. For the same Articles I have been obliged to pay this present year…. You will readily perceive by comparing these Accounts together that the same Articles one with another have risen more than seven and an half for one since my first Settlement with my People, whereas they would never yet be prevailed on to raise my Salary more than three for one…. And I may venture to say, this is the Truth of the Case with respect to most of the Ministers throughout the Province…. Perhaps it may be of some service to us distressed Ministers under our growing difficulties… [to publish this letter].
We hope that the letter helped and TW’s church finally paid him fairly for his chocolate and other needs.
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Some Previous Posts
(in alphabetical order)
- Ambasha (aka Himbasha, Hambasha) Ethiopian Wedding Bread
- Boulou: North African Orange Bread
- Challah Dough for Shaping
- Cheese Babka Recipe
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Chronicles: Inventions & Elections
- Kaak: Recipe for Crunchy Yeast Biscuits
- Lachuch (aka Lahoh or Lahuh): A Yemenite Flatbread for Shabbat
- Los Siete Cielos or Seven Heaven Challah Recipe
- Other Wedding Bread Customs
- Pan de Calabaza: Pumpkin Challah
- Panettone for Breakfast?
- Recipe for Dabo: Ethiopian Pan Cooked Shabbat Bread
- Recipe for Fancy Shapes in Dough: Shaping Dough
- Saluf (aka Salouf or Saloof): Recipe for a Yemenite Flatbread for Shabbat
- Seeking A Shikker Challah
- What is the Chocolate Babka Project?
- What's a Key (shlissel) Challah?
- What? No Babka at Catskills Hotels? *
- Yeast Raised Khachapuri Recipe
- Yemarina Yewotet Dabo: Ethiopian Honey Bread