Royal College of Physicians: The Lady Sedley, her Receipt book, 1686 (MS534)

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1928/281/mss 615 (SED)

15 Upper Berkeley St Putman Square W1

C 531

e. Libris Lenardi G. Guthrie M.D. 1894.

Col. Reg. Mid. [Lmd] D.D. Lenardus G. Guthrie A.D Vi. Id. Jul: MCMXIII

The Lady Sedley her Receipt book 1686.

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A Receipt for the Dropsey. (1)

Take Horehound, Harts tonge, Liverworth, Wormwood & Sorrill, of each a large handfull shred them very small & put them in a pasty of Barely meale, the pye must be very well closed & baked as other pyes are, being baked take it out, And haveing ready a stanne of 4 Gallons of new Ale or new Strong beere, Cut the pye into little peececes & put it into the Ale or new Beere & Cover it close & let it worke and after 2 or 3 dayes drink of it as much as you will, Cheifly a great draught fastinge in the morninge & alsoe at night goeinge to bed, begin to drink it in the first Quarter of the Moone, & soe drink it till the Moone be at the full. If you keep an extrordinary ^& temperate dyett drinkinge nothinge else it will likely cure the Dropsey in 3 weekes, But to make this more perfect put into the Stanne of Ale or Beere a Quarter of an ounce of the salt of Wormewood: Probatum est.

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To Make Snayle Water. (2)

Take a good peck of garden Snayles in their shells & wash them in a great bowle of beere, then make your Chimney hearth very clean & pour out halfe a bushell of Charcoales and set them on fire, & when they are throughly kindled, then with a fire shovell make a great hole in the mid'st of them & pour the Snayles & scatter some fire of your quick coales amongst them, & soe let them rest till they haue done makeing a noise, And then you must take them forth, and with a knife and course cloth pick ^them & wipe them from the ashes & coles & the green froth that is upon them. Then in a stone Mortar bruise them shells & all, take alsoe a quart of earth worms, & scoure them with water very well divers times over, then wash them well from their filth, then put them into a Stone Mortar & beat them well to pieces, then take a clean Iron pot upon up which sett your Limbeck or Still, then take 2 handfulls of Sallendine & lay in the bottome of your pott & 2 handfulls of Angelica must be Laid upon that; then put in a Quart or two of rosmary flowers also bearsfoot Agrimony Reddock roots, Barke of Barbary trees, wood Sorrill, Bittony, of each of them two handfulls, halfe a handfull of Rue of fenegrick & Tumricke of each an ounce well beaten, then lay your Snayles & wormes upon the top of all these hearbs and flowers.

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Then pour in three gallons of the Strongest Ale then Cover your pott & lett it Stand all night or longer if you please in the place where you means to make your fire under it In the morninge you must put in three ounces of Cloves beaten to powder, Six penny waight of Saffron dry'd to powder Harts horne fyled six ounces, you must not stirr it after you have put in the Hartshorne for it must be uppermost then Sett your limbeck & Close it with Rye dough & make a very Soft fire under it & recieve your water by pints the first is strongest the next weaker & weaker, but the weakest is usefull, the Smallest if need be may be helped with puting in one Spoonefull of the strongest to 4 of the Smallest, It is to be used two Spoonefulls of the strongest to 4 of Ale or Beer or with wine, & of the snailes as much of Ale or beer or of wine, This water is by experience good for the yellow Jaundise & for all griefes comeinge from the obstructions of the Liver helps the Consumption, it must be taken in the morning & two houres before meate in the afternoone with Some moderate Stirrings of the body after the takinge of it &c

Aqua Mirabilis (3)

Take of the seeds of Cardimum, Cubebes, Gallingall, Mellelot floweres, Cloves, Mace, Nutmeggs Ginger of each one dramme, beinge made into powder putt them into 3 pints of white wine & one pint of aquae vite, a pint of the Juice of Sallendine put all these into a glass Still and soe lett them incorporate all night, in the morning distill it

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With a Soft fire in water Lett it drop on shuggar candy or fine Shuggar put into your glass if you like with your Shugar a Little Amber Grease & Saffron tied up into fine Cloath you may draw out of this quantity two quarts keep one quart which first comes by it Selfe mingle it either Strong or Small as you list you may make ^it in winter with the Juice of the Rootes, you may take when you please The usuall time is halfe an hour before dinner & Supper & before you goe to bed one Spoonefull or two at one time it preserves the Lungs helps the Stomack, helps the Stoppinge of the urine, helps the Palsey.

(4) Palsey Water

Take of Burrage flowers, Bugles flowers, the flowers of Lilyes Convallu & Couselips of each one handfull, of Sage flowers of Rosemary flowers of Bittany flowrs of each halfe a handfull let all these be gathered in there Severall Seasons for they are not to be had all at one time, but take the first that cometh & let them be steeped in very good Spiritt of wine distilled from all phlegme in two glasses till all may be had, And let them Stand tenn days after the last is in. but alwayes very close stopped, Alsoe when Lavender cometh Stripp of the fairest heads the quantity of 2 pounds & put them into a Large gallon glass & pour on them as much Spirit of wine as before Soe Cover them well Stopped & lett them Stand 14 dayes

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In the Sunn or Some other warme place with the other glasses, which done take ^the Lavender with the Spirit & distill it with a Limbeck by it Selfe, then take the water you extract & put it with all the former flowers & Spiritt together in a Limbeck & put therewith these things followeinge, of Balme, Motherworth, Bayleaves, Spickneard, the leaves & flowers of of Orange trees if they may be had, of each one ounce Cutt or Shredd Severally the yellow pills of Citron dryed or else of Lemon peeles, of Piany seeds hulld of each six dramms Of Cinament, Nutmeggs, Cardimum, Cubebees of yellow saunders of each halfe an ounce, being all made in powder and of Ligme Alloes one dramme in powder and of Jubebees new & good the stones taken out & cut Small halfe a pound, All which beinge well mingled together in the Limbeck lett them be carefully distilled, with an indiferent fire, if you please you may make two sorts, ^a stronger & weaker, which you may doe by preservinge the first that comes off by it selfe, And soe use them as occasion serves, Then after it is distilled put them into a wide mouth glass & Soe Stopp it close, And take of .. prepared pearle & Smaragdes of each each one Scruple of Amber Grease, Musk, & Saffron of each halfe a Scruple, of Red Roses dryed well, & red & yellow Saunders, small & thinn sliced, of each one ounce, put all these into a Sarsnett bagg & hang in the water Six weekes together and cover it close with a double Bladder that none of the

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