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Receipt book [manuscript].
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compiled ca. 1600
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folio 46 verso || folio 47 recto
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the effect confyrmed by examples I cann witnes that manye by this symple composicion of eybright and fennell seedes haue found great good for the sight, not onelye to contynue in good estate, but also that somme haue founde remedye against the dymnes and other ympeymentes growinge in their syght I mett an olde man in Shropeshire called Mr Hoorde about thage of 84. yeres, who had at that tyme perfecte sight & did read smale lettres verye well without spectacles: he tolde me that about thage of xltie yeres, he fyndinge his sight to decaye, he did vse eybright in ale for his drynke, and did also eat the powder thereof in an egge three dayes in a weeke beinge so taught of his father, whoe by the like order conntynued his sight in good integrytye to a verye longe age I haue harde the same confirmed by manye old men. Rowland Shurlocke an Iryshe man phisition to Quene Marye, did affyrme for truethe that a Byshop in Irelande perceyvinge his sight to wex dymme about his age of fyfty yeres by the vse of eybright taken in pouder in an egg did lyve to thage of fouerscore yeres with good integretye of sight. drinkes more compounded for the sighte./ We doe read of manye drinkes to preserue the sight compounded not of eybright onelye but of manye mo good thinges added: so some put to yt sage, some vervaine, some Celendyne, and fennell seedes, annisse sedes & the forenamed spices others clecompane rootes iris, gallingale & Cubebs & in truth all theis are greatlye Comended to preserue the sight ^and mace very aptlye be put in drinke notwithstan= dinge for that we are now to delyver a drynke for the sight which may be pleasinge and allowed with meate myne opynion is that the same ought to be made as symple as may be for yf Galen in his sixth booke de sanitate tenenda doth preferr 8 folio 47 recto 47 the Composicion of the medycyne termed diatrion pipe= the moste compound not all wayes best non which hathe fewest symples bycause (as he wrytethe) that is soonest & with least troble to nature digested sure= lye the drinckes for the sight which are Compounded with fewest thinges are most to be Commended especiallye when we meane to vse the same with meat, as all our authors doe Councell. wherefore for my parte at this [present] tyme I will onelye advise to haue for vse eyther wyne, ale, or bere, accordinge to eche mans best lykinge made as is before prescrybed with eybright and fennell seedes, & to dryncke of the same in the morning or if it so like with meat as other drinke. It is holden better to drincke ofte & smale draughtes drinke often & smale draughtes at meat for so meat & drynke will better myngle, and the meat will lesse swymm in the stomacke which geveth Cause of manye vapours to the hedd It is affirmed not good to begynne the meale with drincke but to eat somewhat before you drinck. When you dryncke wyne if you meane to allay the/ When to myngle water with wyne same with water it is best to myngle with the wyne ^fennell water or eybright water, And Montagnana dothe Counsell to doe the same some reasonable tyme be= fore you do drynke, & not presently when you drinke as Comonly men doe. Bread in our intention is to be made with fyne floure Bread of Chosen wheat alwaye leavened & salter somwhat more, then Comon bread, well wrought, thoroughly baked, nor new nor olde, of aboute a daye or ij old past with fennell seedes vnleavened bread is not accompted good and the bredd is the better yf fennell seedes be wrought in the paste to which purpose some doe cause cakes to be made of some porcion of the dowe in which they 9
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