Take half a dozen PIGEONS; stuff each one with a Dressing the same as for TURKEY; loosen the joints with a knife, but do not separate them. Put them in a stewpan with water enough to cover them, let them cook until nearly tender, then season them with salt and pepper and butter. Thicken the gravy with flour, remove and cool. Butter a PUDDING dish, line the sides with a rich crust. Have ready some hard-boiled eggs cut in slices. Put in a layer of egg and birds and gravy until the dish is full. Cover with a crust and bake.
The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)