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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A615c

Recipe book of Anonymous, undated


Collection consists of an English notebook containing recipes, remedies for ailments, instructions for carrying out various household tasks, etc., probably 1700s-1800s.


  • Undated


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anonymous is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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This collection consists of a single recipe book likely created by an unidentified woman at some time between the early 1700s and the early 1800s.The bulk of the recipes in the beginning of the book are for remedies for ailments and diseases including flush, cholic, worms, headaches, toothaches, common plague, measles, small pox, dropsy, aches, stab wounds, ague, cough, consumption, cankers, cancers, fistulas, sore breasts, gout, stomach ache, burns, dog bites, inflamed sinuses, etc. One such recipe for a Balsamick [sic] Tincture prepared for human ailments also claims to cure mad dogs. There are two recipes for wine: an alder wine and a white currant wine. Included are a number of recipes for pickling and preserving a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, including apples, lemons, damsons, "green codling," raspberries, walnuts, gherkins, green melons, cherries, green plums, green figs, quince, and two for pickling salmon and oysters. There are many fewer recipes for meats and seafood, including chicken fricassee, "hunting beef," mince pies, sausages, oyster pie, and "polach pie," which is a type of beef-based pudding. There are three recipes for cheeses, including cream cheese, new milk cheese, and buttermilk cheese. Several desert recipes are also included for ginger cake, orange loaf, apple pudding, saffron cakes, syllabub, mountain cream, and buttered oranges. Also included are two recipes for household use: preparing superfine sealing wax and a concoction for removing blood stains.


The author of this recipe book is likely an unidentified woman living in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 125

The recipe book of Anonymous was acquired from Emily Driscoll in 1960.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2020

By: Mark Vassar

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library.

Repository Details

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