English recipe book, 17th century and later MS 8575

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Collection of medical and culinary recipes in several hands.

The recipes are written into a volume that was originally designed for recording classical exempla, epigrams, or extracts from Roman authors; a few entries have been made under such headings as 'Ars', 'Clementia', and 'Crudelitas'. However the volume was seemingly soon repurposed as a recipe compendium. The earliest and largest number of recipe entries are in a later 17th century hand that is also responsible for the index at the start of the volume; a few entries were made by later contributors, the latest apparently in the later 18th or even early 19th century (f. 41).

Various authorities for the recipes are cited. Among the the medical ones are 'Doctor Pridgeon' [? Francis Prigeon] (f. 10); 'Doctor Lower' [Richard Lower, 1631-1691] (ff. 11, 99); 'Dr Butler' (f. 23); 'Doctr Bucanon' (f. 30); 'Docr Smith of Portsmouth' (f. 31); 'Docter Pechey' [John Pechey, d.1718] (f. 33); 'Doctor Colebatch' (f. 40); 'Dct Hunt' (f. 41); 'Doctor Windebank' [John Windebanke MD, fl.1654-1680] (f. 47); 'Doctor Dover' [Thomas Dover, d.1742] (f. 49); 'Doct Nisbit' (f. 140); 'Doctor Speers' (f. 141); 'Doctr Ross' (f. 154); 'Doctr Rosewel' [? John Rosewell] (f. 155); 'Doctor Coladin' (f. 158); and 'Dr Ridgley' [?Thomas Ridgley, d. 1656] (f. 163). Lay authorities include the Countess of Arundel [Anne Howard, nee Dacre,countess of Arundel, 1557-1630] (f. 24); Sir William Temple [1628-1699] (f. 50); and 'Sir Edward Tencil' (f. 134). There are also extensive extracts from Gerard's Herbal (ff. 170-74). An 18th century contributor has inserted a copy of a verse aphorism that seems to have been something of a commonplace at the time: 'spare not, nor spend too much, be this thy care, spare but to spend, and only spend to spare, Who spends too much, may want and so complain, but he spends best, that leaves to spend again' (f. 22). Cf. MS.7849.

The language of the volume is English, with parts in Latin.

Collection of medical and culinary recipes in several hands.

The recipes are written into a volume that was originally designed for recording classical exempla, epigrams, or extracts from Roman authors; a few entries have been made under such headings as 'Ars', 'Clementia', and 'Crudelitas'. However the volume was seemingly soon repurposed as a recipe compendium. The earliest and largest number of recipe entries are in a later 17th century hand that is also responsible for the index at the start of the volume; a few entries were made by later contributors, the latest apparently in the later 18th or even early 19th century (f. 41).

Various authorities for the recipes are cited. Among the the medical ones are 'Doctor Pridgeon' [? Francis Prigeon] (f. 10); 'Doctor Lower' [Richard Lower, 1631-1691] (ff. 11, 99); 'Dr Butler' (f. 23); 'Doctr Bucanon' (f. 30); 'Docr Smith of Portsmouth' (f. 31); 'Docter Pechey' [John Pechey, d.1718] (f. 33); 'Doctor Colebatch' (f. 40); 'Dct Hunt' (f. 41); 'Doctor Windebank' [John Windebanke MD, fl.1654-1680] (f. 47); 'Doctor Dover' [Thomas Dover, d.1742] (f. 49); 'Doct Nisbit' (f. 140); 'Doctor Speers' (f. 141); 'Doctr Ross' (f. 154); 'Doctr Rosewel' [? John Rosewell] (f. 155); 'Doctor Coladin' (f. 158); and 'Dr Ridgley' [?Thomas Ridgley, d. 1656] (f. 163). Lay authorities include the Countess of Arundel [Anne Howard, nee Dacre,countess of Arundel, 1557-1630] (f. 24); Sir William Temple [1628-1699] (f. 50); and 'Sir Edward Tencil' (f. 134). There are also extensive extracts from Gerard's Herbal (ff. 170-74). An 18th century contributor has inserted a copy of a verse aphorism that seems to have been something of a commonplace at the time: 'spare not, nor spend too much, be this thy care, spare but to spend, and only spend to spare, Who spends too much, may want and so complain, but he spends best, that leaves to spend again' (f. 22). Cf. MS.7849.

The language of the volume is English, with parts in Latin.



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to move the head very bad for those that are trybled with vomiting

for the Colick

boyl simple water & when it tis boyling hot add a fourth part of common oyl & som grains of pepper grosly beaten let the sick take three or four spoonfulls as hot as he can pea bear it the pain wil be gon as it twere in a moment

for bloody urine

3ijss of manna dessolv'd in two pound of Whey & swallowing now & then a lettle of the Juice of Lemons while it works for them that is trubled with the Gout & stone he commends to take sixteen drops of liquid Laudanum in small beer at night when you take the Purge in the morning for els the Purge wil to much move the humers & so bring the gout this is to be done one a week for some months but if the paient be very il then to take it twice a week for three weeks & after one week. so far he.

A cure for the bite of a mad Dog

Take the leaves of Rue 6 ounces Garlick piel'd venice Treacle or Mithredate & the Shaveings of Jin or Pewter of each 4 ounces boyl all these in two quarts of Ale til a pint is wasted keep it close stoped & give nine spoonfulls every morning it must be strained & apply the straining ou once a day to the wound this must be done before nine daies over after the bite tho madam Wroth said she had known it to cure one that had been bitin six weeks & begun to be in great disorder

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{fflopi cvii} Tullia uxot Tarquinii ut virum rdye salutaret suoer cruentum yatrem becta carpento consternatos equos eyit

for the Fever

Dandesion & Wild Tansy boyled in posit drik drink & let the party drink as much as he wil of it

for convulsion fits

Spirit of Spermint a quarter of a spoonful for a child & a spoonful for a Woman

For The Strangury

Drops of Hartshorn in a draft of Sack Whey as to the drops proportion them according to the goodness of the d Hartshorn & also where or no the party is useful to take them. it given for a certain cure

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For the foote Rot in ssh Sheepe

For the Frett in a Hors Take half a pound of soft soap & a greart of Ale warm it so as it may mix togather & give it to the Hors

T Soap & Ale given to a cat that cannot farra wil make her kitten

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To Make Elder Wine

Take a quantity of Elder berrys full ripe & squse them with your hand & strain out the Juice through a corce cloth with your hand but not to hard & put the mashed berries into a clean Tub then mesure out your Juice & so many pints of iuice as you have but so many Gallons of water wel boyled boyling hot upon the mashed berriws & stor them very wel & let them stand all night to draw of the strenth of the berries then strain it through a hare seive & to every Gallon of water put a pint of Juice & two pound of sugar & let it boyl an Hour then take it of & when it tis cole work it with East as you do Ale & before the head falls Tun it up but not your vessel be a bove three quarters ful & at two months end if it be fine bottle it

The Lady Howard

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An Eie Selve very good

{probatem} Tak selenden Groung Ive tops of Rosemary young parcle & Maidenhair of each of these one handful & boyl them in a bout a quart of cream til it come to an oyl upon a slow fire scum of the oyl as it rises & put it into a gellepot & when it tis cold cover it close for your use. make it in May if the Eie be tender weak or & sore put a lettle of it into the Eie when you go to bed but if their be any skin or speck in the Eie then Take a lettle Alum unburnt & white sugar candy beat them severly very fine & mix {in Equal quantity} with a lettle of the oyntment & put it into the Eie keeping your Eie open til it hath run over it tis best to doe it when you go to bed

An Eie Water very Precious

Take a quarter of a pint of Red Rose Water one spoonful of Honny a peniworth of of powder of Tutty a peniworth of White sugar candy powderd Grind all theses togather in a silver poringer with a selver spoon for 3 or 4 houer then aply it to the Eys by droping it in several times in a day 3 or 4 times in a day

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