Samson Occom, herbal remedies and letter fragment

ms-number754900.2

abstractHerbal remedies and a letter fragment.

handwritingOccom's hand is largely clear and legible; however, within the context, many letters and words are difficult to decipher.

paperSeveral small sheets folded into a booklet and bound with thread are in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining and wear.

inkBrown ink is faded on some pages. There is some spattering that occasionally makes it difficult to differentiate between ink spots and punctuation.

noteworthyWhen Occom's intention regarding a word or abbreviation is uncertain, the word or abbreviation has been left unmodified in the modernized transcription. Lines separating each numbered section of the herbal remedies have not been transcribed. The contents of the letter fragment are very similar to those of manuscript 756900.2.

layoutThe journal fragment is, relative to one recto, written upside-down and meant to be read from the back of the booklet.

Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

of ashes — good for  pleurisy  6  Indian Elm  good for Sore mouth  7  geebiyanbuſ[illegible] good  for young Children that  are inclining to  fits, Start[illegible][guess: l]ed  8  — Cowachink  good for [guess: cold]  9  witch Root good for  Bait for musk  11
wehsuck or Bitter Root  good to kill lice  12  the Same Root with  Some Powder and Salt  soaked in water and  take about one Spoon ful at a time — then  wet the Same in  Salt water from the  Sea to Rub all over  the Body, for itch  13 Masterwort good for  one Sort of headache  14  the Same root and the  Little sort of willow root  take willow root first — one Spoon  good for kings Evil —  15
Eating root and poison   Vine Sap  16  A Long Notched Leaf  good Boil  17  master over witch  root  18  A root for fits Pound  the root and soak in  water about half an  hour 4 roots will do[illegible][guess: e]  19  Long Fever herb take  it the Leaves and throw  them into hot water  and Put them upon  the wrists hollow of the  [illegible] feet and upon the  forehead  20
Indian flax [illegible][guess: a] root boiled  good for Bloody flux  21  Indian hemp good  for to Draw anything  out of Sores  22  Robbin Planting Soup  good to Draw Corrup tion  23  an herb good for worms  24  Poplar root and teeth root  boiled good for rheumatic  25  S[illegible][guess: cen]ts good to make one  vomit  26
S[illegible][guess: cen]ts also good for  humerous Sores  27  Toad sorrel good for  bruise  28  Wintergreen and  another herb boiled  in 3 Quarts of water  'til it is consumed to  a pint and then take  a gill honey to it  good for Throat cankered  29  an herb good to make  women bear Children  Pretty high stalk and  Long Leaves  30
wores root good to Draw  young mens to Young  women  31  a weed good to restrain  women from bearing  Children —  32  horse pennyroyal and  five fingers Leaves  boiled together good  for Fever-Ague  33  [illegible] An herb good for  rattlesnake's bite  34  Solomon's Seal and Swamp  pennyroyal and water  Crissis Seal most boiled  together — good for consump tion  35
Prickly leaved and  Thorns roots most of the  thorn. boiled in about  3 Quarts of water 'til  consumed to a Quart —  good for heartburn  36  An herb good for green  wound a Small slender  Stalk with bushy top  37  another weed Some what Like the other herb  good for Sore Eyes caused  by Cold with a So[illegible][guess: r]e  heated Put upon the  hinder part the Neck  38
water Dock root take  and boil and take the  root after it is boiled and  Pound it fine to Lay  upon f[illegible][guess: a]x Sore and  [illegible]ce of the water of  for it is good for it  39  Sweet flag good for  clotted Blood  40  Augeet good for bust  take the root and Pound  it in hot water and  let about a gill at once  twice a Day  41  A little Sort of Indian  flax for a person to  take 2 Days together  that has French Pox
and then take sassafras  and milkweed and  Pound them together  2 thirds of the first and  third of the last  42  the doctor must cake  an herb and Rub  his hands with it  while he is dressing  the patient  43  Musk, with Some his fat  and fur mixed together  good for earache  44
Wauhtouwox and Grape  Vine Sap good for film over  the Eye  45  another herb and sassa‐ fras heart and speckle  beans Good for Sore  Eyes  46  Herb good to heal  broken bones fingers and about the foot  47  Pitch Pine buds and  Small wild Cherry Tree  but 2 third of the Latter  boiled together — good for  young Women whose  Flowers are stopped by  weakness of Nature  48
Deer's horn and Mut  [illegible][guess: ly youbuck], but the  horn should be grated  make about a gill  and boil it in about  6 gills of water and  Let it boil away half  then the other into it  Good for Young Women  When their Monthly  sickness overflows  49  an herb boiled in 2  gallon of water and  boil it about half away  and then Cool it. and  then Put about 3 quarts  of [guess: pounded] flax Seed  good for to ease women  that are in travail  50
S[illegible][guess: uqee]t and Sp[illegible][guess: ec]knand  and healing weed, that  are bushy sgood to heal  broken bones about  Thighs Legs and arms  51
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Montauk January the 13  these far from my thoughts
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Look upon myself of all  Creatures most indebted to god  in that he has shown such  distinguishing Favours to me  in giving greater advantages  to me, to know him and his  ways, Particularly By stir‐ ring up the Hearts of many of  his People, to take notice of  me with an Eye of Pity and  compassion, in that they have  received me in their Favour  and have manifested their  Pity to me, in endless instances  amongst which your  Self is on one
and Shall always Look  upon myself Greatly  beholden to you, Even as  Long as I Shall have my  right senses about me,  for the Book and Money  that you have Sent me  by the Hands of the Rev. Mr.  Wheelock of Lebanon, may  god Reward you out of his  immense treasure of Spiritual  Rewards and gifts, the Psal[illegible]  Says, Blessed is he that con sidereth the Poor — and Since  you have shown Such Favour  to me, Maynt I have an in‐ terest in your addresses at  the Throne of grace
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