[N. p., but United States], ca. 1843. Unlined bifolium, approx. 12.25 x 7.5 inches, 4 pages in blue ink autograph. Splitting along the fold; some foxing and staining; in good, sound condition, quite legible. Item #18043
Characteristic of the genre and period: 15 numbered receipts, beginning with a recipe for Oxford sausage, followed by compression of wood to improve the hardiness of axe handles and hammer handles, to coloring walls, curing colic in horses, renewing decaying trees, making fire-proof cement, growing asparagus, and selecting seeds. A few of the recipes have sources given: Daniel Wright; S. W. Farmer of June 16, 1843 (this likely the Mississippi serial South-Western Farmer, which commenced publication in Raymond, Miss. in 1842), and perhaps most intriguingly two recipes (Fire-Proof Cement; Growing Asparagus) from what is variously referred to as the N. A-S. S—d. and the N.A.S. Standard (June 16, 1843)—this most likely the National Anti-Slavery Standard, then under the direction of Lydia Maria Child and David L. Child. Given Lydia Child’s reputation for domestic sciences (cf. her Frugal Housewife) it seems little wonder that as with most papers of the period the Anti-Slavery Standard would fill out its columns with household hints.