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"Stories of men sitting out back of the barn with a pail of oysters between their knees, just gossiping, shucking and slurping back oysters abound. From the way some of the old timers talk, it seems that it was common practice to down a pail full each. Since they are said to be an aphrodisiac, I wondered if they were the indirect cause of the many large Island families" (p. 113).
William H. Pope, one of the Fathers of Confederation, lived with his family in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in the house they named "Ardgowan." This recent book recreates their life there from 1854 to 1875, describing tonics, recipes, games, appropriate etiquette, and typical social events. The house is now an historic site maintained by Parks Canada.