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Receipt book [manuscript].
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compiled ca. 1600
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folio 14 verso || folio 15 recto
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FSL collection
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*To make that fruites shall non rott vpon the tree. Take a nayle, and heate it glowinge hot in the fier, & Driue it into the foote of the tree, or if you will not do so, Make a hole in the same place with a percer, and leaue it so, for at that hole all the superfluous sucke or iuyce will com out, which is the cause that the fruites rot on the tree * To make letters that cannot be red onles the paper be put in water. Take Roche alome and make it into pouder, then put it into a little water, & write what yow will with it vpon white Paper, & let the letters Drye of them sealues, & when yow will reade them, put the paper into cleere water, and the letters vpward, & yow shall reade this as if as if they were writen with incke, bicause the water maketh the paper somwhat blacke, or rather grey, and the allome shineth by reason of the whitnes of it which is a meruelous thinge and proued. * To make letters that can not be red but at the fier. Take the iuyce of a Limmon or [Onion] ^Oinyon and write what you will with it vpon Paper, and let it Drye, and when yow will read it holde it before the fier. * To make that a woman shall eate of nothinge that is set vpon the table. Take a little grene Basill, and when men bringe dishes to the table put it vnderneath them that the woman perceiue it not, for men say that she will eate of none of that which is in the dishe, wher vnder the Bassil lieth. 28 folio 15 recto 15 * To make an herbe grow that shall haue many and Diuers odours and sauours. Take one grayne of lettise seede, & one of succorye one of alexanders, one of basill, one of a leeke, And a nother of persley, and plant them all together in one hole, so that one touche not another, and yow must plant them in horse Donge, or Oxe Donge, or of any other beaste, so that therbe no earth at all, & ther will grow an herbe that shall haue the smell of, lettes, alexanders, of basill, of succoray, of leekes, & of Persley. & thes is a proued thinge. * To take awaye the payne of the eyes Take the lunges or Lightes of a kidde, hot as they be taken out of his belly, & laye them vpon the eyes of the pacient, & it shall take his payne from him. * To keap that fruites shall not fall be fore they be ripe If yow tie wilde figges vpon the trees in your garden [for] from the which your fruite falleth, it shall not only not fall downe, but allso thes figges will keape them safe. * To driue awaye flies, Spiders, Scorpions & other vermin from your howse Take what quantitye of Lapwinkes feathers yow will, and burne them in your chambers, & when suche vermin shall smell the sauour they will not abyde. 29
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