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Chalybeate water found in 1816....

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August 05, 1816

 INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Aug. 5, 1816.
* Chalybeate water found at Chappaqua New York

A page 2 report says: A chalybeate spring has been discovered at Chapequa....about three miles from the Hudson River, and 30 above New York....and its waters...containing iron enough to cause a beneficial effect, and not enough to do harm. Other news of the day includes: "Civilization Of South Africa" "Counterfeit Notes" and much more. Interesting advertisements as well. 4 pages in nice condition.

Background: Early in the 17th century, chalybeate water was said to have health-giving properties and many people have promoted its qualities. Lord Dudley North discovered the chalybeate spring at Tunbridge Wells in 1606. Dudley Norths physician claimed that the waters contained vitriol and the waters of Tunbridge Wells could cure:

  "the colic, the melancholy, and the vapours; it made the lean fat, the fat lean; it killed flat worms in the belly, loosened the clammy humours of the body, and dried the over-moist brain."

He also apparently said, in verse:

    "These waters youth in age renew
    Strength to the weak and sickly add
    Give the pale cheek a rosy hue
    And cheerful spirits to the sad."

The English physician Thomas Sydenham prescribed chalybeate waters for hysteria in 1693.

The Recoaro Spa is on the outskirts of Vicenza, Italy. In 1689, a spring of ferruginous water rich in gas and tasting pleasantly was discovered by Count Lelio Piovene of Vicenza. Local residents called the water from this spring "Saint Anthony's miraculous water" because they claimed it had therapeutic properties.

Category: Pre-Civil War