The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0745 Monday, 10 April 2000.
Date: Sunday, 9 Apr 2000 17:59:00 -0400
Subject: Snuff Sed
Tom Reedy claims that Shakespeare does indeed mention tobacco. "In 1.3
of 1H4 Hotspur complains of a snuff-taking messenger: '...And twixt his
finger and his thumb he held a pouncet-box, which ever and anon he gave
his nose and took't away again; who therewith angry, when it next came
there, took it in snuff.'"
But he is not a "snuff-taking messenger," and the word "snuff" in the
passage doesn't refer to tobacco.