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Meaning of 'piece' as a food around 1830

Date Submitted: 17-Jul-2012
From: Cynthia Dessen
Subject: Meaning of 'piece' as a food around 1830
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Notice: I am deciphering a 19th century American diary. The author talks about having 'piece' for dinner. He mentions this several times and this dish seems to be his entire meal. What is this food?