c.17th-18th century herbal manuscript referencing 'Parkinson', presumed to be herbalist John Parkinson (1567-1650), author of the most popular printed herbal during this period "Theatrum Botanicum - Theatre of Plants". The manuscript appears to have been written in 2 different hands and contains 15 pages of recipes with indexes (index on first page, as well as middle of volume and end). Includes recipes: 'for the falling sickness', 'for the biting of a mad dog', 'A salve for any sore', 'To increase breath in a consumption', and 'To stay the inordinant courses of women'. The herbal is bound within a soft stitched cover which is damaged extensively at the back.





great pipkin, & in the morneing set it couered on a soft fire, there let it O boyle gently untill a third part be consumed, then streyne it through a good thick cloth, then lett it settle and afterwards strene it againe 2 or 3 times then power it from the settlings, and putt to it halfe a quarter of a pint of hysope water a quarter of a pint of the iuce of baked turnepes, and soe much sugar as will boyle it to a high syrrupe. take thereof a spoonfull first and last. the Lady Brook. London

For a weake stomack.

+ Take 4 dates, prick them with a knife, then tost them till they be warme through then cut them in the midest, take away the stone, and inner rind, and shred them small then put them into a stone morter and beate them then put the yolke of a ne[...] layd egg well beaten, & a quarter of a pint or a pretty draught of ale 117 to the said dates, and after they be well stirred together cause all to be well and hard straynd out then put to the liquor a little of a nuttmeg, and sweet the same with sugar, & let it be onely a little warmed. it must not seeth let the party drinke thereof in the morneing & soe sleep a little after it, use this as many dayes as you will. Mr Mathias.

X Another. Take oyle of mare, oyle of wormewood, oyle of mints or each a like quantity 118 and anoint the stomack of the patient & it will help.

Another. + To procure a stomack in a sick body.

Wash french barley very cleane, and boyle it in faire water till nere halfe 119 be consumed, then streyn out the water, and put the iuce of a lemon into the water & a good quantity of sugarcandy, & boyle it to a syrrupe and keepe it for yo[...] use. It will last a yeare.

To cure a rupture in man or child. see Gerrard fol. 793. of the herb calld douesfoote or cransbill.

Take a pint of new milk & as much sweet butter as the bigness of an egg, and stroke the greiued place upwards, and by stroakeing of it you may get it up. An[...] when it is up apply this ensuing plaister. Take two good handfulls of Comfrey & beate it or chop it very small, then take halfe a pound of butter and halfe pound of sliced wax, and when the wax and butter & halfe pound of sliced wax, & when the wax & butter are melted put thereunto the comfrey, & make thereof a plaster and when the rupture is up, apply it warme and shift it once in 2 or 3 dayes for twice dressing. After wards the longer you lett it ly the better. It is necessary the patient weare a trusse till he be perfectly well. pb. Th. Har:

To make oyle of mare.

+ Take halfe an ounce beaten very fine, & putt the powder thereof into a saucer of sallet oyle, and set it ouer the fire and stirr it well togather, untill it be warme, then take it from the fire and it is done.

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ffor the spleene. {X} Take a pint of white wine, & after you haue sweetend it with sugar, put in {121}two penniworth of safron, & stir it well, & warme it & drinke therof fasting & at 4 in the afternoone. The Lady Pakenham.


Take a bundle of broome to the quantity of a good fagott, & burne it in a cleane place, then take the ashes thereof being cleane sifted, & steep them in a pottle of good white wine or rennish or good sherry sack, & infuse in {122}a linnen bagg 1/2 o℥: of sinnamon, 2 or 3 races of ginger, & 1/2 o℥: of cloues brused let them soe bee steepd 24 howers, take a good draughts therof fasting & sweeten it for your use. the Lady darves.

A present remedy for the green sicknes

Take sweet marjoram, rosemary topps, red fennell, red sage, red [neppy], red mint mugwort, madder, unsett isop, unsett time, & smallage of each a handfull, wash all these hearbs, & take an ounce of whole mace 1/2 o℥: of synamon, one penniworth of saffron, shred these herbs & spices togather, then take a peice of dough & close the hearbs & spices in it that noe aire may come out, then {123}bake it in an oven as you doe white bread then take a gallon & a halfe of pale ale of the best, & put it into a pott, that is to draw with a tapp, then take the said loafe beaing well baked, & break it into the ale & stop the mouth of the pott very close that noe aire can come forth; this beaing done ouer night, the next morneing you may broach it & drinke a good draught euery morneing.

Another {X} Take a spoonefull of mustard, made with white wine vinegar, when it is {124}come to the strength, then mix it in 4 spoonefulls of the patients owne urin, & strayne it, & give it fasting 2 or 3 morneings togather. probat Lady Hussey.

Another drinke for the greensicknes, yellow jaundic, dropsey, itch or maungines of the body you may find in Gerrard fol.314 made of the rootes of Monks ruberb & red madder. []

{X} Ffor noise in the eares.

Take soe much garlick as will easily be gott into your eares like a tent, & steep it in hony you have [pricked] it well, & then put it into a fine peice of laune & soe put it into your eares alwaies leaveing a little of the said laune out, to pull out the garlick better when you shift it. Dr Huntan.

ffor a sore mouth or for the canker there. {X} Take of the iuce of sage, of the iuce of Carduus, & hony, of each a spoone{126}full temper them well with the powder of bolearmonake, & burnt allom, & then then boyle well togather in a porringer & when it is cold anoynt the place therewith soe that it may ly thick on.

ffor heate in the face.

Take of capons grease well clarified 3 spoonefulls of rose water two spoonefulls of the ioyce of oringes or lemons a spoonefull of brimstone in {127}fine powder the waight of 12 peence & of synamon the weight of 6d in fine powder alsoe, beat all these togather in a mortar, then let the patient anoint the face euening & morneing. Mr Overton.

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13 X To ripen an imposthume.

Take herbgrace, Isope & lilly rootes of each halfe a handfull, & 5 or 6 figgs, boyle them in good vinegar, then put therto 2 spoonefulls of good hony 128 seeth them on a soft fire till it be pultis like & apply it warme to the greiued place, hot. Ldem.

XS A pultis for the gout.

Take of danewort, henbane, groundsell, mallowes, smallage, dockleaues chickweed, camamile, of each halfe a handfull, then stamp them & seeth 129 them in cow milk putting to them oatemeale gretts & galtsgrease, and apply it warme. Ldem

+ Another for the hott gout.

Take good blew clay & temper it with vinegar of roses, & the whites of eggs, then incorporate these well togather, & spread it upon the greiued 130place very thick, then dip a cloth in vinegar & lay upon it, & role it up, & when it beginns to dry, take it of & lay on more, use to doe this 3 or 4 times a day & you shall find ease. Ldem.

X ffor Aches in the bones.

Take of the oyle of Mastick one oz of the oyle de spike, of the oyle of roses 131 and of aqua vitae of each 1/2 oz: incpororate all these togather & anoint the patient against the fire then [hap] him well with warme clothes.

+ Another Vphorbium & 12 times so much oyle oliue, & a little wax made into a 132 plaster, & applied to the greiued place helpeth it, & is very good against lamenes, palseies, cramps & shrinking of sinewes.

Another. See Gerard 759. Salomons Seale.

Take of mallow leaves, groundsell & plantin leaves of each a handfull then seeth them in water till they be sodden dry, then take them from the fire & streyne out the iuce into an earthen pipkin standing on a chafendish of coles on a soft fire, then put to it of deares suit, onwrought wax, rozen and turpentine of each 2 oz: cut & bruise them smalle & when they be melted put therto 2 spoonefulls of sallet oyle, & let it seeth till it be thick. Then put therto a spoonefull of white lead finely beaten to powder & the like of bolearmonake powdred alsoe, then seeth them a little more & keep them with stirring, that they burne not to them bottome, then take it from the fire & soe lett it coole, & when you will use it spread it on a linnen cloth or leather & aire it at the fire soe apply it, & shift it euery 24 howers. If when you take it last from the fire, you doe streyne it, it will be the better. The Lady Edolph.

+ Another for aches preeding from cold.

Gather the rootes of Briany between the first of 9ber & the last of February, & stampe it in a stone morter, then streyne out the iuce, & anoint the greiued place therewith before a fier, & chafe it in, this doe euery 12 howers & keepe it warme. pb. p Daniell Bagalay. In my opinion if the rootes (being gathered, stamped & strayned as afoursaid

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aboue=said, be alsoe boyled on a soft fire, with some red deares suit, & then straynd they must doe much the better, espetially if the sd oyntmt be not to bee presently used. If the roote be newly taken out of the & made very cleane ^with all the black picked out and then stamped & layd on sheeps leather, warmed at the fire & applied to the greiued place, when the partie is in bedd it will giue present ease. But the party must indure the nettling & keep his feet warme. pb. Th. Har.

S+ Another.

Mix an ounce of unguentie dialthea, with halfe an ounce of the oyle of roses, & 34 warme some of it in a sauser, & anoint the greiued place therewith. Th.[ffrea.] Chyr.

Another X Excellent searcloth to ease any bone=ach, or seattica; to lay to any swelling, or wound or to draw out a thorne.

Take a pint of sallet oyle, & put therto halfe a pound of red lead in powder. Stir it as you put in your lead, then set it on a soft fire, then boyle it till it begin to look very black. then put in as much rozen as a little egg after 137 it is beaten very small, & be sure you keep it with stirring all the while it is boyling, & lett it not boyle fast, for it is subject to boyle over, then drop a little vpon a peuter dish, & if it role of without hanging on it, it is enough, else not, then wett your cloths therin: Ther must be neither hem seluedge, nor ragg in your cloths, for such will wast your stuffe. You must haue cold water by you to put the searcloths in soone after you have dipped them when you haue done soe, then smooth them & pull them, & keep them for your use. Lady Crimpton.

+ Another

Take of red lead 1li of white lead 4 o℥: of wax 2 o℥: of sallet oyle a 136 pint, slice the wax small & beat the lead into fine powder, then boyle all togather till they be black (continually stirring them) then dip your clothes in it one after one, & soone put them into some cold water, after that pull & smooth them for your use. Mr Molins. Chyr.

+ Another for paine in a ioynt.

Take of burgundy pitch one pound of red deares suit a third part (for want therof ox suit) of gum elamy 1/4 of a pound, a little safron: boyle these 137 togather till they be well incorporated. Srpead part of it on some allome leather, & apply it to the greived place, bind it on, & let it lye soe long as it will cleaue & it will giue ease. London Apoth.

O Another

Take a pint of the best sack, & an ounce of harts horne finely powdred, boyle 138 them on a gentle fire to a gelly, then anoynt the greiued place hot against the fire with part of it, & spread some of it on sheeps leather, & apply it warme. Mrs Dureet. London.

Another ffor paine in the back.

Take of burgundy pitch 1/4 li of English hony 1/4 li & of mutto suit of the kidneis 1/4 li after you have sliced the suit small, & made the pitch into powder, set them in pot or pan vpon a gentle fire, & stirr them till they be well incorporated. Spread some of it on Allome leather & apply it warme to the greiued place. pb. Th. Har.

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15 + ffor the paine of the stomack & milk.

Take of the oyle of roses, & of the oyle of Camamile of each 1 oz: of mare powdred the [ro]ot of 4[d], & then incorporate all these togather & anoint the side and stomack therwith warme, & then lay a hot cloth on it. + ffor a rankred sore. Take rozen, prozen, stonepitch & weathers tallow of each 2 oz: relent them and streyne them, & put thereinto 1/2 oz: of the thinnest of Egyptiarum, & sett them 140 ouer a soft fire, & put to them soe much oyle olive as will suffice to ma[...] a soft lineament. Mr Ourton

To draw downe womens diseases.

Take a quart of white wine, & put therto, of penniroyall, time & Egrimen[...] of each a handfull, bruise them a little, then boyle them togather till halfe th[...] wine be consumed, & let the patient drinke thereof first & last, & walke a litt[...] after, but take heed of cold, you may put in a spoonefull of aniseeds bru ed if you will & a little sugar.

To stop them when the haue too many.

Take the dung of a swine new made, & put it into a cloth, & warme it & apply it to the [garewed]sacred place, & let her sit upon it & it will stay. See Gerrard. Plantin leaves. fol. 341. swines dung fried with fresh butter & applied as before will stay them in a day or two, though in childbedd. Or gett some of them into a dish, then dry them on a plate on some coales, & make them into fine powder, then put it into some mace ale or the like, stirr it well & giue it to the patient to drink though in childbedd, & it will helpe. Lady Skerrard

ffor one that is poysoned. See Gerard, Tormentill rootes. fol. 840

Take oyle oliue & giue it to the party to drink to make him vomitt then againe giue him more, as oft as he can indure it, then giue him a rolled onyon, & after that giue him somem good treacle & keep him warm in his chamber. Mr Ouerton.

Xffor wind in the stomack the Queens powder

Take of ginger, cynamon & galingale of each an ounce, & the like of anniseed, carroway seed, & fennell seeds, and of long pepper graines, mace 145 and nuttmeggs of each 1/2 oz: & of settwell a dram, powder all theise subtilly, & putt therunto two pound of hard sugar powdred, then mix these well togather, & take some of this either before or after meate as you please, it may be taken at all times, it comforteth the stomack marvelously, it dissolueth wind & causeth good digestion. Edem.

+ ffor a streyne.

Take of comfrey leaves in summer or ov rootes in winter, & boyle 146 them in sallet oyle or may butter til they be soft, the stronger it is of the herb or rootes the better, & apply it pultiswise hot to the greiued place & keepe the sd place very warme dressing it twise a day. Mis Draper 48.

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