“It's a wery remarkable circumstance, sir,” said Sam, “that poverty and oysters always seems to go together.”“.. the poorer a place is, the greater call there seems to be for oysters. Look here, sir; here's a oyster stall to every half-dozen houses. The street's lined vith 'em. Blessed if I don't think that ven a man's wery poor, he rushes out of his lodgings, and eats oysters in reg'lar desperation.”—The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.—DICKENS.

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GROSS, F., SMYTH, J. THE DECLINE OF OYSTER POPULATIONS. Nature 157, 540–542 (1946) doi:10.1038/157540a0

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