In my never-ending research I came by an interesting notation in a letter dated September 113, 1802, from William Shippin to Bell. I think that it is a terrific example of the sort of place meat had in social interaction at the time:
“…cant you make it convenient to call here as you return & eat a bit of beef with me?”
And I say to all of you who are ‘round my house:
I would love for you to call here and please sit and have a fine dinner of beef with me.