The Silver Tree

Dissolve an ounce of fine silver in three ounces of strong aqua

fortis, in a glass bottle. When the silver is dissolved; pour the aqua

fortis into another glass vessel, (a decanter will be best,) with

seven or eight ounces of mercury, to which add a quart of common

water; to the whole add your dissolved silver, and let it remain


In a few days the mercury will appear covered with a number of little

branches of a silver colour. This appearance will increase for a month

or two, and will remain after the mercury is entirely dissolved.

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