Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

Elixirs and Tinctures

9-11 September 1707
A Fam’d Elixir for the Wind, which expels it to admiration, whether in the Stomach or Bowels, all Sowr or Windy Belches or Hiccups from Indigestions, &c. it removes upon the spot, and cures pain in the Stomach, Griping in the Guts, Stitches in the Sides, and the Wind Cholick to a Miracle, being no pretended but real effectual Medicine, fir for the use of Old and Young. To be had only at Mr Spooners at the Golden Half Moon in Buckles-street in Goodmans Fields, near White Chapel, pr. 2s. 6d. Bottle with Directions. [The Post Man]

12-15 July 1700
Whereas many persons (especially children) besides those who use the sea, are troubled and perplex’d with unwholesome vermine; This is to give notice, that a never-failing oyntment, of a very pleasant and wholesome smell, which will at once or twice using, kill and destroy all lice, and itch, in the head, neck, and other parts of the body, Price 6d. the gally-pot. And for the better accommodating remote of families [sic], they may by sending a penny post-letter, with mony [sic] therein (allowing a penny for postage) be supply’d with what quantity they please, according to directions. Sold by the publisher of this paper. [London Post]

4-6 March 1702
The Golden Issue-Plaister, to dress issues [bleeding wounds], sticking without binding and unperfumed, which, well considered, doubtless is best, unless a perfumed noysomness can be reckoned grateful; this clean, neat plaister for Issues, certainly causing them to run well, preventing proud flesh, and inflam[m]ation, spread upon issue paper, and cut into fit plaisters for issues, at 1s. the box, each box containing 8 dozen of plaisters. Sold at Mr Christians a drugster, at the Crown and Star against Somerset-House in the Strand, and at Mr. Longlands, a spectacle shop against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill. [English Post]

5 April 1708
The first Angelick Tincture for Coughs, which began to be expos'd to sale October 10. 1704. and for more than one whole year escap'd unprejudiced by counterfeits. It is a great and, unparallel'd medicine, having reliev'd many out of great danger, doing the cure on the spot, when a thousand other things fail; when it is taken into the mouth the cough doth instantly cease, and after 5 a days return no more, the truth whereof is sufficiently evinc'd by examples of cures in former advertisements. N.B. This excellent secret (now vastly improv'd) is no where to be had save at John's Coffee-house in Swithin's Ally [sic] by the Royal Exchange, and at the 7 Starts under St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-street, where the author may be known and spoke with at any time, that the buyers may receive entire satisfaction. Price 1 s. the bottle. (The Daily Courant)

11 September 1725
I Elizabeth Myers, wife of William Myers, weaver, living in one of the ten houses in Coverley’s Fields in Mile End New Town, having the misfortune to have a piece of mortar fall into my left eye, which occasioned great pain and Anguish (notwithstanding we tried such means as we were advised was proper for the same) the said left eye became quite Blind, the sight thereof being wholly lost, and without any hopes of ever recovering the same, but being by a friend directed to Mrs. Carter in Castle-Court Birchin-Lane, Cornhill, she, at first sight, promised under God, to bring me to my sight again, and did perform the same in as short a time as could be expected; and this I doe that persons in my late condition may know where to apply for cure, as well as a grateful acknowledgement for so great a Cure.
      E. MYERS.
Note, she cures without any Instrument; and she infallibly cures the ague, without the least grain of cortex, or that they call the Jesuits bark. Price five shillings the vial. No letters received except post paid. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

28 May 1726
Whereas JOHN PINDER at the German sweating-house, in Westmorland-Court in Bartholomew-Close, near Aldersgate Street, has been reported to be dead, to prejudice the said Pinder in his business; these are to certify, that John Pinder aforesaid, still lives at the said house, where all Gentlemen and Ladies may be sweated and cupp’d as usual, in the following manner, viz. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the forenoon for women, and the afternoons for men. Wednesdays all day for women, and Saturdays all day for men, with all necessary accommodations for both sexes.
      N.B. He goes abroad (in city or country) to cup any person when sent for. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Elixirs and Tinctures", 8 June 2002 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/elixirs.htm>

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