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Father Pinkney’s preparation for very bad sore eyes: Castile soap, scraped fine, and half the quan­tity of very finely pul­ver­ized chalk; wet them up to a paste with strong juice of tobacco; when desired to apply to the eye, drop two or three drops of brandy into the box of paste; then take out a bit of it where the brandy was dropped, equal in size to the fourth of a grain of wheat, to the dis­eased eye; wet it on a bit of glass, and put into the eye with a camel’s hair pencil.

Apply twice daily at first, and from that to only once in two days, for from one to two weeks, will, and has cured wretched bad cases, so says Father Pinkney, of Wayne Co, Michi­gan, who has used it over fifty years, he being over ninety years of age. His only object in giv­ing it an inser­tion here is to do good to his fel­low crea­tures; and also for ani­mals, it being equally applic­a­ble to horses or cattle.

– from Dr. Chase’s recipes; or, Infor­ma­tion for every­body: an invalu­able col­lec­tion of about eight hun­dred prac­ti­cal recipes

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