Negus (drink)

Negus (drink)

Negus is the name of a drink made of wine, most commonly port, mixed with hot water, spiced and sugared. According to Malone (Life of Dryden, Prose Work. i - p. 484) this drink was invented by Col. Francis Negus (d,1732), a British courtier (commissioner for executing the office of Master of the Horse from 1717 to 1727, then Master of the Buckhounds)

Negus is referred to in Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, when Jane drinks it on arrival at Thornfield Hall;in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, when Catherine is given it at Thrushcross Grange by the Lintons; in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park; in Dickens's A Christmas Carol during the party at Fezziwig's; and in Harriette Wilson's Memoirs. Negus makes a number of appearances as a tonic in The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy, in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels, and Boswell refers to it repeatedly in his London Journal.

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