Thomas Dwight Witherspoon papers  1861-1871 (bulk 1861-1864)
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume (128 pages) contains mathematical definitions and problems, example accounts, and recipes compiled by Sarah Sinnock of Bexhill, England, around the turn of the 19th century. Sinnock's name and a date ([1797?]) are written on the front cover.

The mathematical notes, written on most recto and some verso pages, concern addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and reduction. Sinnock copied definitions of these arithmetic functions as well as related problems, often involving money, fabric, and food prices. The mathematical notes include a basic multiplication table and conversion tables for troy weights and cloth measurements. Several example financial accounts between women includes an entry with Sarah Sinnock's name, dated 1798.

Many of the volume's verso pages contain recipes and cooking instructions, some of which are dated 1801. Sinnock copied recipes for pickling meats and mushrooms; baking cakes; and making pies, as well as instructions for roasting numerous types of birds and clarifying butter. She noted methods for making various types of wine, including orange wine and ginger wine, and for making jellied pigs' feet and ears and preserving pears. Some notes pertain to cuts of beef.

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