Among the Newberry Library’s extensive collection of rare Bibles and Christian devotional texts are a series of manuscripts about healing, helping, casting charms and conjuring spirits. The library is asking for help translating and transcribing these texts.
Below is a transcription of a toothache remedy:
Where do I find a dead man's skull?Fryer Bacons Charmeagainst the Toothache.Fl. ha, hab, hur. hurs; geball. etc.Pro eodem mordo.Fl. A. Ab. hur, hus, gebal gamaritaThe name of the partie diseased is to bewritten right against the Charme uponthe other Side. Prik all the vowells. Etfiet per Gratiam Dei.For the ToothacheTake a tooth out of a deadmans skulland hange the same about the partie’s neck,till the payne cease.for the Toothache.Write theis words upon a Paper. Aligat [cross]Galis [cross] Aualis [cross]. Hang it about theparties neck: et Sanus erit.