Blumer's pills

[ Blumer's pills ] Thomas Wright

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Thomas Wright

Date: The notebook is dated by the archive, 1769-1773. | 1769/01/01 to 1773/12/31

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golden sulphur of antimony
guyaic gum
guaiacum gum
guaiacum resin
balsam capivi

Source: Diary of Thomas Wright
Institution: Prince Edward Island Public Archives | Source Origin: Thomas Wright Fonds | Sublocation: Diary of Thomas Wright | Reference: CA PCA Accession 3241


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Blumer's pills

Take Golden Sulpher of Antimony and of Calomel unpre- 

-pared of eacher two Drams, the Calomel being reduced into a 

coarse powder is to be levigated adding now & then a little

of the Sulpher of Antimony, grind them well together into a 

very fine powder.  Then take of the aforegoing powder

half an Ounce, of Gum Guaiac, 8 Drams of Resin of 

Guaica one Dram, of balsam Capyvi as much as will

make them into pills; of every Dram make 12 pills.

According to examples from 1676-1863, "Mercurous chloride, or ‘protochloride’ of mercury (Hg2 Cl2); a preparation much used in medicine in the form of a white powder with a yellow tinge, becoming grey on exposure to light" (OED).
Levigate (v.) is "To make smooth; to polish" (OED).
A genus of flowering plants native to the subtropical and tropical regions of America, guaiacum was introduced to Europe in the sixteenth century and used to treat a variety of ailments, including syphilis. (Also guajacum)
A Manual of Materia Medica, by John Aikin (1785), defines balsam capivi as "a liquid exudation from the Copaisera officinalis Linn, a tree growing in Brazil (31).