The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 7

WILLIAMSBURG, July 7, 1778.
We have just come to hand, and for Sale on reasonable terms, the following MEDICINES, viz. Very good Jesuit's bark, jalap, ipecacuanha, fine rhubarb, manna, purging salts, opium, nitre, gentian root, tarter emetic, Spanish flies, camphire, Daffy's elixir, Godfrey's cordial, Norris's antimoniel drops, Bostock's purging elixir, Eaton's balsamic elixir, Hill's essence of water dock, Lockyer's pills, and a variety of other patent medicines. PASTEUR & GALT. *** Mr. William Pelham, our apprentice, will wait on our customers with their respective accounts, who, we hope, will settle them, as we are obliged to advance the cash for every thing we purchace. P. & G.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) July 10, 1778

About this entry:

Procuring drugs during war time would have been difficult as very few remedies were native to Virginia. For instance, ipecacuanha came from Peru and was used to treat dysentery. Opium came from the Orient and was prescribed for pain, diarrhea and severe coughing. Nineteen year old William Pelham, was the son of Peter Pelham, long time Bruton Parish organist and town jailor.

Sources: Cotner, p 26-33; WAR: Pelham

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