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Catalog Number 2004.060.001
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content Handwritten letter sent by Standen Paine of England to David Birrell on March 21, 1860 regarding the sugar-coating of pills by pharmacists and other drug related information.

338 Oxford St.
March 21 1860
Dear Birrell,
Many thanks for your letter- apologies on your part are quite unnecessary. I must thank you too for the "Druggist" which I have received quite regularly. I have made your postage square again up to next September.

You more than outset that expense though in sending me the Druggist- for as near as I can calculate your code of charger I suppose it is 4/6 a year however that will not be ruinous-

And now to business with regard to sugar-coating pills I can give no practical information for we never do such a thing with our pills we either silver them or cover them with starch.
I will however give you the method mentioned in Mohn and Redwoods Practical Pharmacy. I believe it is the process by which almonds are sugared; and is bound to answer […] : -
"Gum and sugar are sometimes used for covering pills- The pills are put into a hemispherical metallic pan which is slightly warmed, and a small quantity of a solution of one part gum in two parts of water (added so as to moisten them) *sprinkled over them, and by moving the pan are covered with a coating of sugar. They are subsequently placed on a […] and exposed in a warm room until they become dry. If a thicker coating be required the process is repeated." Mohn & Redwood
*powdered sugar is
*observe error with above
Things get on very well at the Square. Redwood and Bentley get on well I believe.

Br(….) has been very ill laid up for some months and is unable to attend to his duties- He is alright again now.

The laboratory is quite full and the lectures well attended- The Society I think is in a prosperous state. The museum has been enlarged by taking in the ground floor of the corner house; and a laboratory capable of accommodating 60 to 100 people is to be built at the top of the house.

Mr. Morris left some few months ago and went to live down in Wales.

The Hypothesis you mention, we use, but the Syrup of the phosphates if from […] Lime-soda-Zinc and Nickel are the rage now. What sort of a preparation of Syrup Ferri[?] Biphosph do you make, as clean if you make it […]? The difficulty has been to get it clean, but practice has made perfect to a great extent with and have a very nice clean syrup now. There will be some information on the subject in the Journal I believe before long.

Do you know anything of the Permanganatis of Potais soda, magnesium and Lime as disinfectants- to act by oxidizing the organic matter? They have been brought out within the last year or so by a "Mr. Condy" we are wholesale agents for it. It is made in two […] at forms one applicable for drains […] and the other called ozonized water used for toilet purposes for lotions as a purifier after smoking and for bad breath VC. You will see it in the Journal advertised.

I dare say you know the Ercal Rifle Cooper[?] movement we have had in the country, last week there was a levee at which 2000 volunteer officers were presented to the Queen. In the evening there was a grand bash at Event Garden Theatre Hall at which 1000 were present.
We have six volunteers in our house all equipped free of expense by our governor Mr. Hills[?]. I am not in them. I don't think there's any fear of war with France now, but it a very good move. Mr. Brembridge[?] desired me to remember him to you.

Trusting you are in good health.

Believe me yours very sincerely, Standen Paine

Date 1860
Year Range from 1860
People Birrell, David
Paine, Standen
Extent of Description two-sided letter on 9"x7" folded paper, one page
Collection Military
Search Terms Pharmacists
Pharmaceuticals
Civil War