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What a pity it's not a more engaging read. Timely, though -- our local radio station just did a mini-broadcast program on the anniversary of the first Assam tea auction in London on Jan. 1, 1839, which was the first major step in establishing a market for Indian-grown tea in lieu of (or ultimately, alongside) the Chinese teas that had previously held a monopoly in the British market.

http://todayinbritishhistory.com/assam-tea-first-auctioned-london-10-january-1839/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Alexander_Bruce
http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/information/INFOnl_V19N4_article_page1.asp
Bettie's Books 7 years ago
Thanks for the links TA - in some circumstances it is the outside reading that a book leads one to that is the more gratifying
... and in this instance, yet more British explorers named Bruce ... ;)
Now I have Monty Python in my head!
Ha! I wasn't even thinking of that, merely of "The Pale Abyssinian" -- but yes, of course ...
Bettie's Books 7 years ago
Yes - I would read a biography of Charles Alexander Bruce. Don't fancy the one he wrote about tea.
Is there one? It looks like the thing about tea that he himself wrote really is something rather more for special interests ...
Bettie's Books 7 years ago
Not one I could find - now :there: is an opening for a historian searching for a profile to investigate
The thought occurs!

(Susanna -- are you listening? :) )
Bettie's Books 7 years ago
I would buy copies for all my friends if Susanna wrote it! We'll make her a best seller.
Absolutely. Let's!
Laughing. So. Hard.
Bettie's Books 7 years ago
Laugh on l'il lady, we will wait...
xx