More Banquets and Dinners Anecdotes (Post No.5426)

Picture of Sam Rogers

Compiled by London Swaminathan

Date: 13 September 2018


Time uploaded in London – 13-19 (British Summer Time)


Post No. 5426

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At the dinner-parties which the poet Sam Rogers (English Poet) gave, he started the custom of having no candles on the table, all the lights being attached to the walls and ceiling. This novelty created quite a buzz of comment in London society. While Sydney Smith was dining with Rogers one evening, the host asked him to say what he thought of the illumination of the table. “For my part, I don’t fancy it at all, Rogers, returned the candid guest. It is too uncomfortably like the Day of Judgement. Here we are, a flood of light on all above, and below nothing but darkness and gnashing of teeth.”


Lord Holland Statue in London
It is said of Charles Fox that from infancy to manhood it was the practice of his father, Lord Holland, to show him the most unlimited indulgence. The following story is told in proof of it.

Master Charles, when six or seven years of age, one day strolled into the kitchen ; and while dinner was cooking, and a pig roasting at the fire, he amused himself with making water upon the unresisisting porker it was a standing order of the house to contradict him on nothing, so there was nothing to be done- but to let the pig be so basted. The cook, however, thought it fair to give the guests warning of the sauce to it, which he did sending up the following lines upon a label in its mouth.

If strong and savoury I do taste
Tis with the liquor that did me baste
While at the fire I foamed and hissed
A Fox cub upon me
Gossip Anecdotes

‘How this world is inclined to slander’, said a maiden lady to an English noble man.
‘Can you believe it, sir, some of my malicious acquaintances reported that I had twins’.

‘Madam, I make it a rule to believe’ only half of what I hear!’ replied his lordship.


Mrs Graham Bill Vanderbilt had been displeased by a number of things which the late Maury Paul had written about her in his ‘Cholly Knickerbocker’ column.
Upon meeting him one time at a nightclub, she said,
‘You are a rude and scurrilous man’.
Yes, confessed Paul, ‘I am. But I would rather make a living that way than by selling bonds’.


Mrs Vanderbilt


Once when Madame de Stael, was praising the British Constitution, Talleyrand explained in an aside,
‘Above all she admires the habeas corpus’.

The society gossip purveyor, Maury H.B.Paul , had been writing in a number of familiar and impertinent items about Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt for many years. Then one day Vincent Astor unexpectedly introduced Paul to the mighty lady.

With a gasp he said,’ I am not really the disreputable person you think I am, Mrs Vanderbilt’ .
Mrs Vanderbilt replied, ‘My dear Mr Paul from what you have been writing about me, I was under the impression that you thought I was the disreputable person’.

Xxxx Subham xxx

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