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of nettle, oil of sweet almonds, sesaminum oleum, asparagus, bulbous roots, onions, garlic, eruca, daucus seed, eringo, siler montanus, the smell of musk, cynethi odor, caraway seed, flower of puls, aniseed, pellitory, anointing of the testicles with oil of elder in which pellitory hath been boiled, cloves with goats milk, olibanum.

An extract by the Lord Bacon, for his own use, out of

the book Of the prolongation of life, together with some new advices in order to health.

1. Once in the week, or at least in the fortnight, to take the water of mithridate distilled, with three parts to one, or strawberry-water to allay it; and some grains of nitre and saffron, in the morning between sleeps.

2. To continue my broth with nitre; but to interchange it every other two days, with the juice of pomegranates expressed, with a little cloves, and rind of citron.

3. To order the taking of the maceration* as followeth.

To add to the maceration six grains of cremor tartari, and as much enula.

To add to the oxymel some infusion of fennelroots in the vinegar, and four grains of angelica-seed, and juice of lemons, a third part to the vinegar.

* Viz, of rhubarb infused into a draught of white wine and beer, mingled together for the space of half an hour, once in six or seven days. See the Lord Bacon's Life, by Dr. Rawley, towards the end.

To take it not so immediately before supper, and to have the broth specially made with barley, rosemary, thyme, and cresses.

Sometimes to add to the maceration three grains of tartar, and two of enula, to cut the more heavy and viscous humours; lest rhubarb work only upon the lightest.

To take sometimes the oxymel before it, and sometimes the Spanish honey simple.

4. To take once in the month at least, and for two days together, a grain and a half of castor, in my broth, and breakfast.

5. A cooling clyster to be used once a month, after the working of the maceration is settled.

Take of barley-water, in which the roots of bugloss are boiled, three ounces, with two drams of red sanders, and two ounces of raisins of the sun, and one ounce of dactyles, and an ounce and a half of fat caricks; let it be strained, and add to it an ounce and a half of

syrup of violets : let a clyster be made. Let this be taken, with veal, in the aforesaid decoction.

6. To take every morning the fume of lign-aloes, rosemary and bays dried, which I use; but once in a week to add a little tobacco, without otherwise taking

it in a pipe.

7. To appoint every day an hour “ ad affectus intentionales et sanos.” Qu. de particulari.

8. To remember masticatories for the mouth.
9. And orange-flower water to be smelt to or

snuffed up.

10. In the third hour after the sun is risen, to

take in air from some high and open place, with a ventilation of rosæ moschatæ, and fresh violets; and to stir the earth, with infusion of wine and mint.

11. To use ale with a little enula campana, carduus, germander, sage, angelica-seed, cresses of a middle age, to beget a robust heat.

12. Mithridate thrice a year.

13. A bit of bread dipt in vino odorato, with syrup of dry roses, and a little amber, at going to bed..

14. Never to keep the body in the same posture above half an hour at a time.

13. Four precepts.' To break off custom. To shake off spirits ill disposed. To meditate on youth : To do nothing against a man's genius.

16. Syrup of quinces for the mouth of the stomach. Inquire concerning other things useful in that kind.

17. To use once during supper time wine in which gold is quenched.

18. To use anointing in the morning lightly with oil of almonds, with salt and saffron, and a gentle rubbing

19. Ale of the second infusion of the vine of oak.

20. Methusalem water, of pearls and shells of crabs, and a little chalk.

21. Ale of raisins, dactyles, potatoes, pistachios, honey, tragacanth, mastic.

22. Wine with swines flesh or harts flesh,

23. To drink the first cup at supper hot, and half an hour before supper something hot and aromatised.

24. Chalybeates four times a year.

25. Pilulæ ex tribus, once in two months, but after the mass has been macerated in oil of almonds.

26. Heroic desires.

27. Bathing of the feet once in a month, with lye ex sale nigro, camomile, sweet marjoram, fennel, sage, and a little aqua vitæ.

28. To provide always an apt breakfast.
29. To beat the flesh before roasting of it.
30. Macerations in pickles.
31. Agitation of beer by ropes, or in wheel-bar-


32. That diet is good which makes lean, and then renews. Consider of the ways to effect it.


His Lordship's usual receipt for the Gout. To which

he refers, Nat. Hist. Cent. I. N. 60.

grow to

1. The poultis. Take of manchet about three ounces, the crumb only, thin cut; let it be boiled in milk till it a pulp. Add in the end a dram and a half of the powder of red roses ; of saffron ten grains ; of oil of roses an ounce; let it be spread upon a linen cloth, and applied lukewarm, and continued for three

hours space.

2. The bath or fomentation. Take of sage leaves half a handful; of the root of hemlock sliced six drams; of briony roots half an ounce; of the leaves of red roses two pugils ; let them be boiled in a pottle of water, wherein steel hath been quenched, till the liquor come to a quart. After the straining, put in half a handful of bay salt. Let it be used with scarlet cloth, or scarlet wool, dipped in the liquor hot, and so renewed seven times ; all in the space of a quarter of an hour, or little more.

3. The plaister. Take emplastrum diachalciteos, as much as is sufficient for the part you mean to cover.

Let it be dissolved with oil of roses, in such a consistence as will stick; and spread upon a piece of holland, and applied.

His Lordship's broth and fomentation for the stone.

The broth. Take one dram of eryngium roots, cleansed and sliced ; and boil them together with a chicken. In the end, add of elder flowers, and marigold flowers together, one pugil; of angelica seed half a dram, of raisins of the sun stoned, fifteen ; of rosemary, thyme, mace, together, a little.

In six ounces of this broth or thereabouts, let there be dissolved of white cremor tartari three grains.

Every third or fourth day, take a small toast of manchet, dipped in oil of sweet almonds new drawn, and sprinkled with a little loaf sugar. You

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