The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: February 16

WILLIAMSBURG, February 16, 1776.
To be SOLD A GOOD negro COOK, who is a healthy fellow under 40 years of age, can roast and boil very well, and understands made dishes, with baking of bread and pickling. He is sold for no other fault than having lately disobliged his master, by going off some little time. His price is 120 L. on 12 months credit, or 110 L. ready money. For farther particulars, inquire of the printer.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) February 16, 1776
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Language notes:

A "made dish" is a fancy dish of various ingredients, depending for its success on the skill of the cook.

Sources: OED

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