Letter – Edward Blackett to John Beaumont – 21 Aug 1715

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Aug 1715
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: John Beaumont
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 191
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21 Augt 1715

Mr Beaumond

Sr I was in hopes of seeing you at Newby long before this, I have some thoughts of wintering in London, so shall have occasion but for a small quantity of Then, Viz

2 pound of green

1 pound of Bohea 4 pound Coffee

as also best bulsoin [Balsam] of Peru one ounce 

Oyl of Nutmegs four Drams,

Chymicull oyl of Nutmeggs Eighty drops 

Spirit of Lavender Eighty drops, liquid Amber 40 drops, 

Pray let each of these be put up severally in little [struck out: ‘muggs’] gally pots or bottles wch are properest, & set the name upon a ps of paper of Each sort, send them down by the very first Richmond Carrier, & direct them for Mr Rich’d Gowland at Burrowbridge, let me know the Carriers name by whom you send them & as when you design to be at Newby, for perhaps may furnish you wth some bills, upon the receipt of this letter pray give a line to 

			Your assured F[rien]d & Servt
A John Beaumont was an apothecary in London in 1718. Today, Balsam of Peru is used in food and drink for flavouring, in perfumes and toiletries for fragrance, and in medicine and pharmaceutical items for healing properties. It has a sweet scent. Oil of Nutmeg is presently used as an essential oil used as a massage to relieve muscle pain, swelling & inflammation & to promote circulation.

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