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Manuscript recipes


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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The author of these manuscript recipes is unknown. There is a reference to Raleigh, North Carolina in one recipe. Some terms used, including “wen,” “loaf sugar,” and Indian meal suggest these recipes date to the early nineteenth-century.

This undated, handwritten manuscript includes cookery and medical recipes. Most likely early nineteenth-century American in origin, it features twenty pages with approximately forty-five entries of cooking and medicinal recipes and additional household tips.

The bound pages focus almost exclusively on medicinal topics and include recipes for cough syrups as well as cures for cancers, influenza, and consumption. The three loose pages, a total of eight leaves, contain cookery instructions and medicinal and household tips. The cookery recipes include instructions on pickling beef, curing hams, and making “good coffee of rye.” Household tips include notes regarding starching and snuff.

The manuscript consists of two signatures, totaling sixteen pages, hand folded and hand sewn. One fold remains uncut. The paper cover and an additional page with four leaves are detached. There are two smaller pages laid in. It is in poor and fragile condition. The entries were all written in ink.

  1. Item 0100: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

Purchase, May 1986.

Processed by Lynda Gillow, June 2007. Encoded by Lindsey Baker, June 2007. Updated by E. Evan Echols, August 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 June 20
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Collection Inventory

Manuscript recipes, circa 1800-1850. 1 volume.
Item 0100
Physical Description

1 volume

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