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  1. May 2022
    1. William Mather’s 1699 Young Man’s Companion also has one (the London book would inspire the very first arithmetic book to be printed in the colonies in 1705, by Franklin’s old boss Andrew Bradford). In Mather’s book, though, the recipe was short, misleading, and ineffective. It includes an entry for “Terms provoked,” a heading also found under comparable medical books with abortifacient concoctions (where the “term,” or period, needs “provoking”). Unfortunately for Mather’s readers, however, he prescribes “stinking Arach,” or goosefoot, which is an emmenagogue (an agent to stimulate or regulate menstruation) but not a reliable abortifacient. He also makes the even more dubious suggestion to “take a draught of White wine” under a full moon.
  2. Sep 2021
    1. shallop

      In the 1600's a shallop was a "rater modest wooden boat" of which the explores at this time used to travel across the sea. It states that these shallops were small with 1-2 sails that they were also able to row but also able to still carry heavier cargo.

      U.S. Department of the Interior. (2016, January 7). The shallop. National Parks Service. https://www.nps.gov/cajo/learn/historyculture/the-shallop.htm#:~:text=In%20the%201600s%2C%20the%20word%20%22shallop%22%20referred%20to,sails.%20Captain%20Smith%27s%20shallop%20could%20carry%2015%20men.