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Madam Luttrell's Book of most Excellent Rec[eip]ts, 1748.
1748-1878 A family household and receipt book, with earliest entries dated 1748, later additions in other hands, sometimes utilising blank versos of earlier pages, or unused pages. The latest entry is dated 1878. 48ff, with 56ff blank at end. Contemporary vellum, hand titled on upper cover; some foxing to prelims & rear endpapers, otherwise in good clean condition. Several printed remedies are tipped or pinned in.The book includes both cookery and household receipts, which in many cases are identified with a name. It was no doubt passed down through a number of generations, with new material added up to the latter half of the 19th century. 26 pages are written in an 18th century hand. Examples include, To make white currant wine, Mrs Southey; Pints of Clarett; Davenport Hens; for Fits in Children, Dr Hillyard; Mrs Leighs's sauce for boiled fowls; to make poppy brandy; Mr Bradley's raisin wine. A number of the receipts are from Dr & Mrs Dyke. There is also a cure 'for ye bite of a mad dog, by Sr. Geo. Cobb'. The Wellcome Collection has a version of this same remedy, c.1764, and notes 'This was one of several famous remedies in the 18th century made popular by the press and personal recommendation, profitting from public hysteria and deep-seated fear of this particularly disturbing - and fatal – condition'. One passage, written in a mid-19th century hand, is headed, 'The manner Mrs Luttrell's children when first born were treated ... Mrs Townes always followed this method with her children, & would much recommend to Mrs Luttrell not to let much sugar be given in anything for it only turns acid on the child's stomach'. A Madam Luttrell is recorded as the owner of the manor of Withycombe Hadley, Devon in the 18th century. Her family were a branch of the Luttrell's of Dunster Castle, Somerset, but there is no conclusive evidence as to the exact provenance of this manuscript.
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