Chymical Liquid for Cleaning Boot Tops

[ Chymical Liquid for Cleaning Boot Tops ] William Paine

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William Paine

Date: Recorded 1814 or later, after the publication of the source. | 1814/01/01 to 1814/12/31

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oxymuriate of potash
distilled water
muriatic acid
rectified wine
essential oil of lemon

Source: William Paine Papers
Institution: University Of New Brunswick | Source Origin: Loyalist Collection | Reference: MIC-Loyalist FC LFR.P3W5P3


Instructions for preparing boot polish. The version here likely comes from The Universal Receipt Book (p. 314 of the second edition [Philadelphia: Isaac Riley, 1818]). The recipe also appears in several other 19th-century publications, including The Young Man's Best Companion, The Family Receipt Book, and One Thousand Experiments in Chemistry. Reel 3, p. 656. Image use courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society.


              Chymical Liquid for Cleaning BootTops
Mix in a Phial one drachm of Oxymuriate of Potash
with two Ounces of distilled Water, when the Salt is dissolved
add two Ounces of Muriatic Acid. Then shaking Well
Together in another Phial, three Ounces of rectified Wine
with half an Ounce of the essential Oil of Lemon, unite
the Contents of the two Phials, and keep the liquid thus
prepared closely corked for use.  
Apply with a clean Sponge, and dry in a gentle
heat, afterwards pollish with a proper Brush. 
                                                   Universal RBook.




Kutchimmoke. Be of good cheer.

Likely The Universal Receipt Book that includes "Cookery, Preserving, Pickling, Distilling, and All the Branches of Domestic Economy" as well as "Some Advice to Farmers" attributed to one Priscilla Homespun and first published in 1814.
The term is recorded in the 1794 Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society translated as “be of good cheer,” which further notes that the word is expressed while “stroking the cheek and head of the father or mother, husband or wife of the dead” (Boston: Munroe & Francis, 1810), p. 237.