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Recipe book manuscripts
Collection of medical receipts: in English.
The receipts are ranged in alphabetical order of diseases, and are numbered separately within each letter.
The compiler's name appears to be given on p. 218, where there is the following heading to a list of herbs: 'A briefe Collection of those herbs and plants that purge the head and braine practised by me this sixty yeares. D. Parnell'. Reference to a practice of sixty years is repeated in the last section of the same page. Again on p. 135 'Doctor Parnell' is written in the margin of 'Medicines for the Angina struma or King's evill and all glandulous and hard swellings in the neck, throate or elsewhere, being all well approved in my practice this 60 yeares'. Lastly 'D. Parnell' is similarly found in the margin against a receipt for 'A purgation I gave [against melancholy] which wrought a good effect'.
In view of Parnell's probably advanced age, it seems unlikely that he was the writer of this MS., but the scribe was possibly the 'E.W.' whose initials are found on the verso of the last leaf.