[Latin] Haustus Purgans

[ [Latin] Haustus Purgans ] William Paine

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William Paine

Date: This recipe is from a notebook dated 1782. | 1782/01/01 to 1782/12/31

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Glauber’s salts
cordial confection
salt of hartshorn
mint water
white syrup
spirit of lavender
tartar emetic

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


These recipes are on page 18 in what is catalogued as a medical tract, a pharmacopoeia in Latin, dated 1782. Reel 1. Image courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society. 


            Haustus Purgans.

Rx Infus Senæ ℥iij: Sal Glaub. ℥ss

Tinct Senæ ʒij M[isce]__ capiat mane

            Haustus Cardiacus

Rx Confect Cardiac ʒi: Sal C: C: Gr xv:

Aq Menth: ℥i: Syr: Alb: ℥ss__ M[isce]__

Haustus repetendus 4tis vel 6tis horis.

adde pro re nata Sp’ Lavend’ Co i—

            Haustus Purgans cum Sena

Rx Infus: Senæ PL: ℥iv: Sal Glaub ʒvj:

Tart: Emet: Gr I. Tinct Senæ ʒij M[isce].

capiat Alger [?] ℥ii omni bihorio donec alvus soluta fuerit –




            Purgative Drink

Recipe: 3 ounce infusion of senna, ½ ounce of Glauber's salts  1Glauber’s salts are the decahydrate of sodium sulfate, named after a Dutch/German chemist and apotheacry Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604-1670)., 2 ounces of tincture of senna, Mix. Take in the morning.

            Cordial Drink

Recipe: 1 dram of cordial confection, 15 grains of salt of hartshorn, 1 ounce of mint water, ½ ounce of white syrup. Mix.

Drink to be repeated every 4 or 6 hours.

Add as needed composite spirit of lavender, 1 dram.

            Purgative Drink with Senna

Recipe: 4 ounces of the Pharmacopoeia Londinensis infusio of senna, 6 drams of Glauber’s salts, 1 grain of tartar emetic, 2 drams of tincture of senna. Mix.

Let him take 2 ounces of [?] every two hours until the bowels are loosened.


Translation and transcription by Winston Black