Travelers in the nineteenth century often took food along on their journeys. As the Manships prepared to depart for their trip abroad, family friend Mrs. Mary Barrows sent a cake for them to eat on their long voyage to Scotland. On the reverse side of the recipe for silver cake, Mrs. Barrows wrote the following note to Mrs. Manship:
Mrs. C. H. Manship
As you seemed to like my cake the other evening, I send you one made by the same recipe, for your lunch; hoping it will be acceptable.
With many good wishes for a pleasant voyage, I am
Mary M. Barrows
May 19th 1874