A hot drink of port, sugar, lemon, and spice, named after a Colonel Francis Negus (d. 1732), who invented it.  In Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal, it seems to have been used medicinally, along with broth.  A delicious sounding toddy for a miserable winter cold.

‘We also had a shilling’s worth of negus & Mary made me some Broth for all which supper we were only charged 2/-.  I could not sit up long.  I vomited, & took the Broth & then slept sweetly.’

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Source: Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, ed. and introduction by Pamela Woof (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2008 (2002)), p. 131

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