I hope that at some odd times you may afford yourselves an old hen or
cock; and when this occurs, this is the way in which I recommend that it
be cooked, viz.:--First pluck, draw, singe off the hairs, and tie the
fowl up in a plump shape; next, put it into a boiling-pot with a gallon
of water, and a pound of Patna rice, a dozen leeks cut in pieces, some
peppercorns and salt to season; boil the whole very gently for three
hours, and divide the fowl to be eaten with the soup, which will prove
not only nourishing but invigorating to the system.