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“There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out into the street in their apoplectic opulence.”
Charles Dickens, 'A Christmas Carol' (1843)
"if you dry the chestnut, both the barks being taken away, beat them into powder and make the powder up into an electuary with honey, it is a first-rate remedy for cough and spitting of blood."
'A Physicall Directory' (1649)
Chestnuts are "delicacies for princes and a lusty and masculine food for rusticks, and able to make women well-complexioned."
John Evelyn (1620-1706)
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