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J. LEEMING WALKER
John Leeming Walker (d. 1925?) was a medical doctor who served as ship's surgeon aboard several passenger vessels. Though little is known about Walker, he appears to have attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal. Walker's origins, however, may lie in the United Kingdom, as his friend, writer Lawton Mackall, refers to him as a "Scot" in his book Portugal for Two (1931).
An inscribed and autographed menu, 7 December 1921
This ship's menu card was specially made for a Three Hours for Lunch Club event, as evinced by the initials "3 H. F. L. C." The card is inscribed on the front by J. Leeming Walker, M. D., and on the verso by Lawton Mackall, David William Bone, Christopher Morley, Herbert Sparling, and Don Marquis. The jovial nature of this social club is captured by the fact that several items on the menu are named after attendees. For example, the dish "Grilled Tenderloin Steaks Brass Bound" likely refers to guest David William Bone, the author of the seafaring novel The Brassbounder (1910), while writer and Three Hours for Lunch Club founder Christopher Morley is honored with "Chicken Broth Morley."