The following is part of a description of a banquet given in the town of
Poole (UK) to celebrate the peace of 1814, "embracing nearly the whole
population of the town, without distinction of rank or circumstance".
> "After the dinner, many loyal toasts were drunk, and many excellent songs
> were sung. Amidst this vast concourse of people, not the slightest disorder
> occurred, and about six o'clock the company dispersed from the dinner
> partake of the remaining part of the festival. A select party of gentlemen
> having got up, at a considerable expense and labour, a very splendid
> of fireworks, a field was chosen for the occasion
Recalling very much a certain splendid Birthday Party in Hobbiton. It's
events like this, I suspect, which were in the back of the Master's mind.