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Charlotte Co. Circuit Court, Salt Distribution Register (with 54 pages of recipes)

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Accession Number: Barcode number 1095530.
Genre: Manuscript Volume
Date: 1862-1864
Citation: Charlotte County (Va.) Salt Distribution Register, 1862-1864. Local government records collection, Charlotte County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.
Dimensions: 1 v. (200 p.)
Description: The Register is arranged into roughly three sections. The first section is arranged alphabetically by surname and lists the number of people in that family, the first and last name of the person buying the salt, the number of pounds purchased, and the amount paid with columns for dollars and cents. The columns for pounds purchased and amount paid are arranged by month. The second section is arranged alphabetically by surname and lists the same information although there is only one entry for each person listed. The third section seems to also list either pounds or sacks of salt purchased and the amount paid. The first fifty four pages of the Salt Distribution Register are composed of various recipes, home remedies, household hints, and building tips from an earlier unknown date. The recipes include such things as how to make peppermint essence and lemon syrup; how to prepare cold potatoes; how to make spruce, porter, or ginger beer; several types of wine recipes; how to produce a good strong vinegar and then flavor it with raspberry; stewed fruit and baked tomatoes; and various baking recipes for ginger bread, soda bread, and tea cake. The home remedies suggest cures both for human and animal afflictions. Examples of home remedies listed for humans include scrofula, sore eyes, snake bite, piles, dyspepsia, dropsey, lockjaw, warts, quinsy, rheumatism, ringworm and other worms, blistered feet, consumption, stomach cramps, fevers, diarrhea, epileptic fits, cures for cancer and burns, and how to prepare various medicines such as laudanum, paragoric, opodeldock, antimonial wine, and Turlington’s Balsam. Remedies for animals consist largely of cures for equine diseases or problems such as bots or grubs, colic, distemper, spavin, and cough but a specific treatment is also suggested to cure mange in hogs. Household hints are varied and include tips on how to make cloth and leather waterproof, how to cut glass, various suggestions for cleaning and dying cloth, how to kill flies and bedbugs, a suggestion for hair treatment that is superior to macassa oil, how to improve candles, and how to make a poison of arsenic. Some of the household hints are concerned with building construction or repair such as how to construct a building of unburnt bricks and how to make various glues, varnishes, and cements. Another subset of the household hints concern themselves with gardening and agricultural subjects such as how to winter bees, how to successfully grow mulberry trees, how to grow carrots, how to make compost, and how to protect peach trees from worms.
Restoration Needs: The treatment would be to disband and resew the first two signatures, repair page edges, repair cover spine and corners and then rebind with the original cover. The volume will also be de-acidified.

This title was adopted for conservation treatment by Cynthia V. Bailey.


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