[Mrs Burgess]

Cookery and Household management  book
England,   1815-1840s

Manuscript, ink on paper 4to vellum boards with old rebacking, end pages with marginal staining

Recording 580 numbered recipes on 268 pp. written in legible hands and notable for the inclusion of a named source for virtually every recipe, the whole indexed and paginated, some later leaves have recipes attached, sometimes on envelopes or part of a letter   Though there are many regular contributers, the compiler’s name is elusive.  Included is a letter from Phoebe Wickens, addressed  to Mrs Burgess, Brook farm. Another is annotated ' This receipt given to ILB[urgess] by dear Phoebe Wickens not long before leaving Brook Farm, April 1846', A further long letter from Phoebe Wickens giving cooking advice is signed off 'your faithfull old servant'. However the book also has numerous recipes from a ‘Mrs Burgess’ so her relationship to the compilation is unclear.  Interestingly included are several recipes for curry as well as a printed recipe for curry 'after the Indian manner' which includes an advert for Burgess's Curry powder, which one can speculate is the same Burgess family.  There is a recipe from a ' cook in London' and Sir Ashley Cooper;  Mrs Courtney; Mrs Burgess (of Aberginelly ?); R Ogle; Mrs Ogle's nurse, Fenwick; Mrs Smith of Alnwick; Mrs Surtees; Mrs Butt; Mr Ogle's housekeeper; Mrs Wolveridge; Miss Darnell; Admiral Pocock; Mr Robinson; Mr Cloak; Mrs Harker; Dr Sall; Phoebe Vas; Mrs Edwards; Mrs Giblitt; Mrs Studd; Mrs Osborne; Nurse Ward; Mrs Pierce; Nurse Jackson; Surgeon Long; Mrs Tudor of Tenby; 

Entries include : For preserving Lettuce Stalks as Ginger...Orange jelly...Ginger beer...To Hash calves head...Black pudding...Raison Wine...Short paste for tarts...Corporation cakes...A Plumb cake that will keep several months...Blancmange...Hare soup...Cherry brandy...Lavendar water...Sally Lunn...Norfolk punch...Beef a la Daube......Hartshorn jelly...Suet pudding...Artificial Asses milk...To stew lobsters...Lobster sauce...sauce for wildfowl...a whipt syllabub...gateau de pomme...cream alamode...Rossoles of fish...Italian cheese...Venetian cheese...To make curry...To stew cucumbers...Mulligatawny soup...Acidulated gargle...A Cure for Corns...For strenthening the Constitution...Recipe for a cough...Fever powders...For perspirations at night - ' an egg mulled with Rum and water to be drank going to bed'...To clean decanters...Recipe for greasing shoes to keep out wet...To make Lip salve...For confined bowells...To clean carpets...old cream...To clean mahogany...Soft soap...An effective cure for Piles...A cure for the scald head...Recipe for Rheumatism...Tooth powder - including 2 scuttle fish bones...For the Hooping cough...A strengthening medicine - rhubarb, camomile and ginger.Recipe for destroying rats and mice...Cure for a cough- 1815 - using honey, vinegar and lemon...

   
[ref: 11525] £900