American hospitality

21 Jul

In the matter of drinks, how hospitable the Americans are! I was asked to take as many as would have rendered me incapable of drinking again; my excuse on the plea of inability to grapple with cocktails and the like before breakfast was heard with surprise, and I was urgently entreated to abandon so bad a habit.

— William Howard Russell, My Diary, North and South (Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press, 2001), 14 April 1861, pp. 72-2.

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