Dr. Hale's Home Remedy and Recipe Book

This unique handwritten book was found in a collection of books left to me by my grandmother.  The book refers to J. H. Hale, Lucy H. Hale in Cass County, Michigan, and also Wallace A. Hale, Fannie E. Hale and B. F. Hale, Ann Arbor Michigan. There is a date in it of Aug. 17, 1846 concerning a rental agreement of $35.00 per year between Philip Wears and B. F. Hale. Like many script books of this era, it reflected the life of the individuals who used this book for their livelihood. An archivist from Michigan State University told me that because this book would have been almost used daily by this doctor, it is rare to find one in this condition. It is likely this book came from the lumberman's house in Lewiston my grandmother owned years ago.

I am interested if anyone knows who the people are in this book, and it would also be interesting to have a doctor evaluate some of these cures. Some of them seem quite nasty, poisonous, or painful.

NOTE: The spelling below is the way it appears in the book. Recipes of particular interest are highlighted in bold. Index Number 2  Index Number 3

Poison for Rats...Steal Not This Book, You Little Cusses... Genuine Whigs; Cookies; Another;
Wafers; Jumbles
This Book is full of Usefull Knowledge to the Oner Cookies; Nut Cake; Muffins; Number Cake, Rusks
This Book contains 361 Receipts Measure Cake; Little Cake; Sponge Cake; Plum Cake
Mr. Book: If thou art Borrowed by a friend... Crockers; Ginger Bread; Fruit Cake; Puff Paste; York Bisket
Read slowly, pause frequently, Think seriously... Whip Sillabub; Common Loaf Cake; Icing for Cake
Cure for the Canker; Vegetable Powder
Note: The code at the bottom of the page is used elsewhere in the book!
The Real John Bull Pudding; Cookies Again; Harrison Cake
Wallis Cough Med Cream Cake; Sunderland Pudding; Pound Cake; Kings Cake; Indelable Inke
Vegetable Bitters To Colour Green; Pound Cake (will keep 1 year); Pudding
Vegetable Ointment; Vegetable Syrup for Disentary Bird's Nest Pudding; Gingerbread; Cider Cake
Worm Syrup; Dysentary Bread; To Cure Warts; Soft Gingerbread; Cookies; French Loaf
Cough Emulsion; Sore Eyes Imitation Oysters; To Clean Gloves; Good Custard
Lee's Pill; Quick Pill No. 1; Ague Pill; Ague Pill
Note: Coded ingredient translates to Arsenic
To Clean Bed Ticks
For Cornes; Palmonary Mixture To Extract Greace Spots
Venerial, Alias Clap; Spruce Beer To Make Sweet Cider; To make Paper Liquid Blacking
Diarhoea; Hiera Picra; Cough Drops Mead; To Make Cream Nectar
Spruce Beer; Itch Ointment; Compound Balsam Housel's Washing Solution Patented July 7, 1848
g o x Medicine; Cure for Gravel; Good for the Itch; Ague Bitters Medicated Indian Oil
For bots & Belly ache in Horses; Itch Ointment; Medicinal or Root Beer Shure cure for stifle in horses
Rhumatic Liniment; Black Salve To take Mildew out of linen; To set fart colours in calico and other goods; To perfume clothes & prevent moths; Cheap Paint; To cure hams
Best Adhesive Plaster; Rx Fever & Ague Water Proof for Leather; Valuable Eye Water; ChillBlains; To Banish Mosquitous
Ammenagogue; For Gonorrhoea or Clap How to cut an aquaintance; Brandy Rect; Adhesive Plaster; Cough Med.
My Emetic Eye Matter; For the Croup; Staining Guns
Diarrhoea or Bowel Disease; Carbonated Beer; Ginger Beer For the Croup; Dropsy; Gran Salve
Pill Pargantia; Ice Cream Note this Ice Cream Recipe! Mather's Stomach Bitters or Cordial; My Bathing Drops
Ice Cream (continued); Corn Meal Cakes Phloridzine; To remove pimpels from the face

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