A discourse of military discipline devided into three boockes, declaringe the partes and sufficiencie ordained in a private souldier, and in each officer; servinge in the infantery, till the election and office of the captaine generall; and the laste booke treatinge of fire-wourckes of rare executiones by sea and lande, as alsoe of firtifasions [sic]. Composed by Captaine Gerat Barry Irish.
Barry, Gerat.
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THE SECONDE CHAP. How to make a torche to endure againste the force of winde and raine.

TAke of fine cotten threede, which is used for candles the one thirde parte, and the other two thirde partes of threede made of fine ocam, and make of this acorde as thicke as youre finger. Then take a quantitie of saltpe∣ter, and let it by finely stamped, and then tacke a quan∣titie of Aqua vitae, and let the corde boyle therin a goode while till it almoste be drie, then put into the same a litle quantitie of gineper oy∣le, and one parte of pouder, two of refined saltpeter, and one parte of rosen; and corporate them all togither, and let them boyle over a softe fire till the corde be almoste drie, and turne the same often times with much vigilance or it will kindel fiere if any extraordinary hett come nere it. Beinge drie inough tacke it up, then take one parte of wax, one parte of rosen, haulfe parte of colofonia, one fourth parte of linesatt-oyle, and so muche of camphora, one parte of saltpeter three times refined, one parte of pouder, and boyle all thies mixtures togither, and when they are well corporated dob youre corde in the same mixtures as if youe were to make a candel, and after beinge dob∣bed in thies mixtures often times, set the candel a parte till it be drie inough then let it be dobbed in wax, as youe doe other candels till such time as it be of the thicknes youe woulde have it to be, then lay it upp till it be drie, and in lightinge the same it will burne with greate furie and force, and no raine nor winde can quince it, and it will yeal∣de a greate flame, and terrible noice, that the behoulderes will mu∣che admire at the same.

To trie who to reduce saltpeeter into water take three onces of rai∣ne water, and put it in acaldrō over the fire, and put into the same two onces of saltpeeter well stamped, and let it boyle so longe till it come to be water, whiche for many effectes of this wourke is goode, and specially to guie more force to mixtures that are not in theyre full substance and perfection.

To refine solfer and make it more stronge put into the same one Page  178 eighte parte of quicksilver, and ⅔. partes of refined saltpeeter, and mel∣te them over a softe fire till they corporate well, and after, takings the same up and beinge alitle hote caste it into strong veneger, and within alitle while take itt up and it will by of full strenghte.

To discover the enemy at nighte when yove woulde fall to do any execution, cause aquantitie of fagotes secretly to by put in the moste convenienteste place for that purpose (that will give yove inogh light) en vsinge them in this maner followinge and also will indure longe.

Take agoode quantitie of ro sen, and foure times so muche turpin∣tin de Venetia, and haulfe so muche of colofonia as yove take of roo∣sen, and put aquantitie of the saied mixtures on each fagot and give the same fire with awad of okum, dobbed in pouder brandevin and turpintin, which wad beinge dried will presently give fire to the fago∣tes and yealde agreate flame and indure longe, and if yove will ha∣ve it to indure longer put aquantitie of colofonia uppon the fagottes in the thickeste parte of them and the fire will endure longe inoghe.