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The Green Oyntment
Take halfe A Pound of Fresh Hogs grease 3 ounces
of venas Turpentine halfe a pound of Rozen halfe
A Pound of Verdegrease Putt all these together into
A Skellett and Boyle it untill it comes to A Salve
And Strane it into A Gally Pott

The Use of These
Take Some of ye Affore mentioned Caustick Powder
and mix it with ye Green Oyntment Spread ym
thin upon A cloth just ye Bigness of ye nolimetangere
and Apply it to ye Same, it must lye on 8 or 10
Dayes till it cast off And yn Apply another Plaister
untill all ye dead Flesh be Spent

The White Tarter Water is to be Applyed to
the Nolimetangere with A cloth dipt in it if
occasion Require it is Allsoe very good for A
Canker in ye Nose, Ringworme or Any dead Flesh

The Red Water is to wash ye eyes and Webb
if blood Shott or Pained, and will alsoe Preserve
the Sight and is Propper for Any Sore to be used
Warms and is often cast in with A Seringe
if Occation offer

The Green Oyntment is to be Applyed
to ye Nolimetangere after ye caustick
hath done it's Workeing to heal and
draw ye Place and may be used to
draw any Sore [H?] Approved

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noli me tangere literally means 'touch me not' but in this case it refers to the ulceration to which this ointment is to be applied.


This group of recipes (caustic powder, green ointment, tarter water, red water and the glistering caustic powder) were all copied from the same unknown source. They also appear together in Jane Randolph's receipt book, held by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, where they are attributed to Lady Arundel who supposedly bought the recipes in Germany for 300 pounds. The recipes are also described in J.O. Justamond's book Surgical Tracts, in which he describes seeing the recipes in Volume 15 of Colonel Colepeper's Adversaria in the Harley Collection of the British Library. The extract that he quotes suggests that Elizabeth Fellow (wife of Henry Fellow) gave or sold her father's recipes to the Earl of Arundel in 1638.