Absolutely wonderful and fascinating loosely bound homemade book that contains the thoughts, musings, sermons, recipe and other inscriptions by others of one Alice Pertis of 223 East Price Street in Germantown, PA (Philadelphia) during the late 1860's through the 1870's.
It is worth noting that the house Alice lived in is available to view on Google Earth As still standing with expected moderate restoration. I can visualize Alice sitting on the front porch or the upstairs bedroom inscribing these various pages under candlelight.
(Here is a partial listing of the topics listed in this volume):
Rich Fruit Cake by Mrs. Gittings Recipe
Strawberry Cake by Mrs. Gittings Recipe
Blackberry Wine by Mrs. Jackson very intricate instructions
Mrs.Wuenshaults "Twilight"~Strange instructions.
Works of Art in the Vatican Museum.
Mrs. Child's Cake author notes it is very good !
Mrs. Phipp's Cake.
Mrs. Simpson's Black Cake.
Green Sweethearts Mrs. Marriot.
The Story of America in Verse with several fascinating hand written pages.
Directions of making Socks that last.
English Plum Pudding.
Mrs. Newton's Waffles.
Mrs. Offey's Ice Cream.
Mrs. Auguis Coconut Pudding.
Dried Liver Dip.
Interesting love reflection letter about her friend titled; Dear Little Pussy..
Musing titled; "The Sculptor Boy"
Various insertions by either a Quaker Protestant Minister writing out his favorite sermons.
Musing titled; "Enigma"
To Caroline... from one of her Sisters.
Wild Grape Cake.
Mrs. Rerlings Valentine 1870.
Mrs. Leverings Cologne ingredients.
About Bern Butter not a recipe but about a person in poetry style.
"Flowers" by Doctor W.B.Magruder. A two -page letter from this noted physician.
Composed by Kate Keith February 14th 1868.
Quotations/Sermon highlights Anglican cleric John Wesley
Several Page Sermon titled: `First Principals' Easton JUNE 9TH 1878 Great Content.
Chapters of the Bible with mathematical connections?
Gall Soap Recipe by Miss Tutton.
Cole Slaw by Bowie.
Green Tomato Pickled.
"Yellow Pickles" by Miss Magruder daughter of Dr. Magruder.
Reasons for doubting whether in case whether the North and South can get "along with each other".
(Fascinating musings on why the north and south can or cannot function together as a nation)