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3. [. . .] Another receit of a plague water given me of a speciall freind who said keep it as your life and preferr it above all earthly treasure. Take three pints of muskadine and boil in sage and rue of each a handfull till a pint be wasted. Then straine it, and set it over the fire againe and put into it of long pepper half an ounce and half an ounce of ginger and a quarter of an ounce of nutmeg beaten to fine powder and half an ounce of mithridate and half an ounce of treacle and a quarter of a pint of Angelica water and let it boyle a little while and put it in a glas being close stopped [keepe] it for your use. Take of this water 3 or 4 spoonfulls morning and evening warme or when [you] find your selfe not well. 4. For Wormes or a Purge or Vomit Take pure tartar pulverized ℥ i, sugar or honey [℥ i], and spring water ℥ v or ℥ vi . Boyle all in a cleane copper vessel a little time = halfe a quarter of an houre. Scum it well in the boyling. Take it from the fire.

and [. . .] Let [. . .] then [. . .] keep you [. . .] in the hours time it will [. . .] working. For children take less according to their age and strength. 5. To Drive out Wormes by Purging Take a little less quantitie of the things = above mentioned and boile it in a cleane iron vessell and let it boile a little longer and give it as above said and it will worke downwards and sometimes vomit very gently and very safe. ℥ i of white vitrioll taken and a good draught of ale or beer drunke after it purges by stool, which without the drink will vomit only. 6. For Costiveness: An Easy and a Rare Medicine Stewed pruines and theyr syrup 2 h[ours] before dinner and wine and [. . .] mixed together a little before the [. . .] and a little after.

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Apothecary weights

Apothecary Symbols

*see abbreviations below table

Symbol Name TR (*) ME (*)
lb, li, libr. libra, pound apothecary's pound 373.243 g
ss semis half half
uncia, ounce, unce apothecary's ounce 31.103 g
Q quarta quart between 0.95 and 1.16 liters
ʒ dragma, dram dram 3.888 g
G grana, grain grain 0.065 g (65 mg)
A ana of each one of each one
lb ss libr. semi half an apothecary's pound 186.623 g
℥ ss semuncia half an apothecary's ounce 15.552 g

Name = Name in Text

TR = Translation

ME = Modern Equivalent (approx.; in grams and liters)

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