Circular with letter from Alice Person to Rufus Morgan

Franklinton, N.C.………………….…………….18

Dear ……………………….

My remedy is in two forms: Bitters, which I give three times a day to purify the blood, and which will expel the disease from the system, and a healing Wash, to cleanse and heal the sores. I sell the Bitters at $2 per quart bottle; ingredients for making the Wash $1 per package, $10 per dozen, $5 per half dozen. A bottle of the Bitters will last a man able to take a full dose a little more than two weeks. One package of Wash ingredients will make a pint of Wash, sufficient to last in ordinary cases, several days. I advise all persons, in ordering, to procure enough medicine to give it a "fair test," when I am confident they will not be disappointed in the result. To those who can conveniently order enough to last a month at one time, I advise to get two quarts of bitters and one dozen packages Wash, if their sores are very numerous or extreme, if not, one half that quantity of Wash is sufficient to [illegible] out with two quarts of Bitters-any quantity may, however, be ordered. In regulating the dose of Bitters, I find some require much more than others. I think it advisable for a grown person to begin with one tablespoonful and gradually increase to the prescribed quantity, half wine glassful I think a good, full dose for a lady. Enough must never be taken to feel the effects of the whiskey in the head. While I do not recommend my remedy in cases of true cancer, I find no difficulty in curing up old sores, pronounced by physicians to be cancerous in their nature, and I have even cured one cancer, which, although it breaks out again every Spring, always readily yields to my treatment, and is now perfectly well. I do not believe there is an old ulcer or sore that will not yield to my Remedy, properly applied. Where there are no sores, only a tumor or enlargement, I direct the affected places to be bathed with the Wash. In ordering medicine, 25 cents must always be added, to cover cost of boxing, &c.

Very truly yours,

Dear Bro,

The check came all right wait until you come, I want to have a talk with you—my heart is sore. I cannot write—will enter into everything fully when you come & until then wait—I did not expect you to charge me interest on Mr. Person’s notes when I promised to take them as part payment of what was coming to me. I thought they would be on a par with the other notes in which no calculation of interest was made, am sorry I took them & wish now I had let you and Mr. Person settle, & you settled direct with me. Bro, I feel as if I have been badly treated, not by you however, nor anything you could help. I hope time will even reconcile me. I wish so much you could come now. I would give anything I own on earth to see you this morning. I feel a talk with you would do me good. I sent 45 $ to Cooper for whiskey, 10 $ to Baker Bros for bottles & 5 $ for revenue stamps. Did I invest wisely? But trouble & troubling matters aside, I’ve a favor to ask of you—could you not contrive to substitute some wash powders I will send you in place of those I sent Dr. Kirby. I think I have just learned how to dry them perfectly. What I have now are as green as when growing—those heretofore were brown. These I know are best, & would like so much to put them in place of those sent but hate for anyone to think I have not had them right all the time. Please tear this up & show or tell to no one—even Mary [Rufus’ wife]—& come before Xmas if you can. I feel badly—bitter—& must stop. Please tear this up just as soon as you read it.

Nov 15 '78

Circular with letter from Alice Person to Rufus Morgan
A copy of what is probably the first Mrs. Joe Person's Remedy circular from Franklinton, N.C., on the back of which Alice Person wrote a letter to her brother, Rufus Morgan, asking his advice about her fledgling remedy business.
November 15, 1878
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