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Golden Ink

Take some white gum arabic, reduce it to an impalpable powder, in a

brass mortar; dissolve it in strong brandy, and add a little common

water to render it more liquid. Provide some gold in a shell, which

must be detached, in order to reduce it to a powder. When this is

done, moisten it with the gummy solution, and stir the whole with a

small hair-brush, or your finger; then leave it for a night, that the

gold may be better dissolved. If the composition become dry during the

night, dilute it with more gum water, in which a little saffron has

been infused; but take care that the gold solution be sufficiently

liquid to flow freely in a pen. When the writing is dry, polish it

with a dry tooth.