This recipe for workhouse gruel is taken from the January 1837 edition of the Champion and Weekly Herald:
Take ten quarts of ditch-water, and stir it well with the body of a farthing rushlight, till it boils. Season it to your liking with old tea leaves, and it will be ready for use. The wick, which will not dissolve, is a delicious relish, and may be bottled whole, and, if [you] should want dessert, suck your fingers. - From the Masterpiece Theatre Archives
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- A more palatable recipe for gruel sits in this link: Gruel World
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