Chocolate: or, An Indian Drinke - By the wise and Moderate use whereof, Health is preserved, - Sicknesse Diverted, and Cured, especially the Plague of - the Guts; vulgarly called - The New Disease - ; Fluxes, - Consumptions, & Coughs of the Lungs, with sundry other - desperate Diseases. By it also, Conception is Caused, the - Birth Hastened and facilitated, Beauty Gain

Chocolate: or, An Indian Drinke - By the wise and Moderate use whereof, Health is preserved, - Sicknesse Diverted, and Cured, especially the Plague of - the Guts; vulgarly called - The New Disease - ; Fluxes, - Consumptions, & Coughs of the Lungs, with sundry other - desperate Diseases. By it also, Conception is Caused, the - Birth Hastened and facilitated, Beauty Gain'd and continued.


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Title: Chocolate: or, An Indian Drinke  By the wise and Moderate use whereof, Health is preserved,  Sicknesse Diverted, and Cured, especially the Plague of  the Guts; vulgarly called _The New Disease_; Fluxes,  Consumptions, & Coughs of the Lungs, with sundry other  desperate Diseases. By it also, Conception is Caused, the  Birth Hastened and facilitated, Beauty Gain'd and continued. Author: Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma Translator: James Wadsworth Release Date: May 2, 2007 [EBook #21271] Language: English Character set encoding: UTF-8 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CHOCOLATE: OR, AN INDIAN DRINKE ***
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By the wise and Moderate use whereof,
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Health is preserved, Sicknesse Diverted, and Cured, especially the Plague of the Guts; vulgarly called The New Disease; Fluxes, Consumptions, & Coughs of the Lungs, with sundry other desperate Diseases. By it also, Conception is Caused, the Birth Hastened and facilitated, Beauty Gain’d and continued.
Written Originally inSpanish, byAntonio Colmenero ofLedesma, Doctor in Physicke, and faithfully rendred in theEnglish,
L O N D Printed byJ. G.forIohn Dakins, dwelling neare theVine TaverneinHolborne, where this Tract, together with the Chocolateit selfe, may be had at reasonable rates. 1652
Sirs, ThSep aennissuhra Tlansd tet oufo, and Dedcitadet  oht eiRnoHot ghe blracein sesaryey anm ,I ,tcarT gniEtdhwearOdroL igirlland Conway, &c. by whose Noble Patronage, the Confection whereof it Treats, together with it selfe, were first admitted into theEnglishCourt, where they received the Approbation of the most Noble and Iuditious those dayes afforded. Since which time, it hath beene universally sought for, and thirsted after by people of all Degrees (especially those of the Female sex) either for the Pleasure therein Naturally Residing, to Cure, and divert Diseases; Or else to supply some Defects of Nature, wherein it chalenges a speciall Prerogative above all other Medicines whatsoever. The Author thereof was oneAntonio Colmenero ofLedesma, who sometimes lived in theWest Indies, where it is very much used, and held in great esteeme, untill this day; as also inSpaine,Italy, andFlanders, and admired by the most learned Doctors of all those Nations. As for the Name[Chocolate] is an itIndian compounded of word,Ate (as some say,) or (as others)Atle, which in theMexican Language, signifieth Water; AndChocothe noise that the Water (wherein the, Chocolate is put) maketh, when it is stirred in a Cup, untill it Bubble and rise unto a Froth: And may be called inEnglishA Compounded, or Confectioned drinke. The Confection it selfe, consists of severall Ingredients according to the different Constitutions of those that use it: the Principall of which is called Cacao whichor kernell, bigger then a great Almond,  Nut,, [a kind of growes upon a tree called the Tree ofCacao] containing in it the Quality of the Foure Elements, as will appeare in the following Discourse. The vertues thereof are no lesse various, then Admirable. For, besides that it preserves Health, and makes such as drink it often, Fat, and Corpulent, faire and Amiable, it vehemently Incites toVenus causeth, and Conception in women, hastens and facilitates their Delivery: It is an excellent help to Digestion, it cures Consumptions, and the Cough of the Lungs, the New Disease, or Plague of the Guts, and other Fluxes, the Green Sicknesse, Jaundise, and all manner of Inflamations, Opilations, and Obstructions. It quite takes away the Morphew, Cleanseth the Teeth, and sweetneth the Breath, Provokes Urine, Cures the Stone, and strangury, Expells Poison, and preserves from all infectious Diseases. But I shall not assume to enumerate all the vertues of this Confection: for that were Impossible, every day producing New and Admirable effects in such as drinke it: I shall rather referre to the Testimony of those Noble Personages who are known constantly to use and receive constant and manifold benefits by it, having hereby no other Aime then the Generall good of this Common-wealth (whereof I am a Faithfull Member) and to be esteemed (as really I am)
Westminster Decemb.20. 1651.
Gentlemen, Your Affectionate Friend to love and serve you,
Don Diego de Vadesforte.
T H E T,R A To every Individuall Man, and Woman, Learn’d, or unlearn’d, Honest, or Dishonest: In the due Praise of Divine C H.O DoAcntdors alr y by youy llFoPee y-ttIrgkgsiongm esRookoB esko a LeaveQuacking; andEnucleate Thevertuesof ourChocolate.
Let th’Universall Medicine (Made up of Dead-mensBonesandSkin,) Be henceforthIllegitimate, And yeild toSoveraigne-Chocolate.
LetBawdy-Bathsbe us’d no more; NorSmoaky-Stovesbut by the whore OfBabilon: sinceHappy-Fate HathBlessedus withChocolate.
Let oldPunctæusGreaze hisshooes With hisMock-Balsome: and Abuse No more the World: ButMeditate TheExcellenceofChocolate.
LetDoctor Trigg(who so Excells) No longer Trudge toWestwood-Wells: For though that waterExpurgate, ’Tis but theDreggsofChocolate.
Let all theParacelsianCrew Who can ExtractChristianfromJew; Or out ofMonarchy, AState, Breake àll theirStillsforChocolate.
Tell us no more ofWeapon-Salve, But rather Doome us to aGrave: For sure our wounds willUlcerate, Unlesse they’rewash’dwithChocolate.
TheThriving Saint, who will not come Within aSack-Shop’s Bowzing-Roome (HisSpirittoExhilerate) DrinkesBowles(at home) ofChocolate.
HisSpousewhen she (BrimfullofSense) Doth wanther due Benevolence, AndBabesofGracewouldPropagate, Is alwayes SippingChocolate.
TheRoaring-CrewofGallant-Ones WhoseMarrowRotts within theirBones: TheirBodyesquicklyRegulate, If once butSous’dinChocolate.
YoungHeiresthat have moreLandthen Wit, When once they doe butTastof it, Will rather spend their wholeEstate, Thenweanedbe fromChocolate.
TheNut-Browne-Lassesof the Land WhomNaturevayl’d inFaceandHand, Are quicklyBeautiesofHigh-Rate, By one smallDraughtofChocolate.
Besides, it saves theMoneyslost Each day inPatches, which did cost Them deare, untill of Late They found thisHeavenly Chocolate.
Nor need theWomenlongergrieve WhospendtheirOyle, yet notconceive, For tis aHelpe-Immediate, If such butLickofChocolate.
Consumptionstoo (be well assur’d) Are no lessesoonethensoundlycur’d: (Excepting such as doe Relate Unto thePurse) byChocolate.
Nay more: It’svertueis so much, That if aLadyget aTouch, Her griefe it willExtenuate, If she butsmellofChocolate.
TheFeeble-Man, whomNatureTyes To doe his Mistresse’sDrudgeries; O how it willhis minde Elate, Ifsheeallow himChocolate!
’Twill make Old womenYoungandFresh; CreateNew-Motionsof theFlesh, And cause themlong for you know what, If they butTastofChocolate.
There’s ne’re aCommon Counsell-Man, WhoseLifewould Reach unto aSpan, Should he notWell-AffecttheState, AndFirstandLastDrinkeChocolate.
Nor e’re aCitizen’s Chast wife, That ever shall prolong herLife, (WhilstopenstandsHer Posterne-Gate) Unlesse shedrinkeofChocolate.
Nor dost theLeviteany Harme, It keepeth hisDevotionwarme, And eke theHayreupon hisPate, So long as he drinkesChocolate.
BothHighandLow, bothRichandPoore MyLord, myLady, and his—— With all theFolkesatBillingsgate, Bow,BowyourHammstoChocolate.
Don Diego de Vadesforte.
To the Author, GKeiant gDon, of rCGanradniedee aefroG  ,tS pBaaisnherstf  o wa,ollIBisasbiilmoonrof P , Vinecnei coeghtyH gi, dim hnaneoo Mhe tfdroL , of the Seven Starres, Governour of the Castle ofComfort, Sole Admirall of the FloatingCaravan, Author of Th’Europian Chiefe Generall Mercury, and Admirall of the Invisible Fleet and Army ofTerra Incognita,
The Allowance ofMelchor De Lara, Physitian Generall for the Kingdome ofSpaine. IDoccoot rat the Mmemlcahnodr  odfaarDeL J no oPhnh ydseit iVaenl aGsecnodf  alnlare, Aors etbheed o fG nV icdgimoo, KSpaalli noe,f ar ener Madrid seene this Treatise of, haveChocolate by, composedAntonio Colmenero ofLedesma; which is very learned, and curious, and therefore it ought to be Licensed for the Presse; it containing nothing contrary to good manners; and cannot but be very pleasing to those, who are affected to Chocolate. In testimony whereof, I have subscribed my Name, inMadridthe 23. day ofAugust. 1631.
Melchor de Lara.
The Testimoniall ofJohn de Mena, Doctor and Physitian to the King ofSpaine. IJohn de MenaT sitaerhnte efsht  ee hn,e avisquioit oih saMisitnat nd one oijsees toyf,  ahy P,CChooucnolsaetlel Generall of the In (composed by DoctorAntonio Colmenero ofLedesma) by command of the Supreame Royall Court of Justice contrary to: which containeth nothing good Manners, and the Subject if very learnedly handled, and with great Iudgement; and no doubt, but it will give much pleasure and content to all those, who are affected toChocolate be printed: And in may; and therefore confirmation of this truth, I have hereto subscribed my Name the17. of Septemb. 1631.
John de MenaDoctor in Physicke.
To the Reader. T drinke those, who, in these times,he number is so great ofChocolate, that not only in theIndies of Drink hath its originall; kind, where this but it is also much used inSpain,ItalyandFlanders, and particularly at the Cour. And many doe speake diversly of it, according to the benefit, or hurt, they receive from it: Some saying, that it is stopping: Others, and those the greater part, that it makes one fat: Others, that the use of it strengthens the stomacke: Others, that it heates, and burns them: And others say, that although they take it every houre, and in the Dogdayes, yet they finde themselves well with it. And therefore my desire is, to take this paines, for the pleasure, and profit of the publicke; endeavouring to accommodate it to the content of all, according to the variety of those things, wherewith it may be mixt; that so every man may make choise of that, which shal be most agreeable to his disposition. I have not seene any, who hath written any thing, concerning this drinke; but onely a Physitian o fMarchena, who (as it seemes) writ onely by Relation; holding an opinion, that th eChocolate is stopping, because thatCacao(the principall Ingredient of which it is made) is cold, and dry. But because this onely reason, may not have power to keepe some from the use of it, who are troubled with Opilations; I thinke fit to defend thisConfection, with Philosophicall Reasons, against any whosoever will condemne this Drinke, which is so wholesome, and so good, knowing how to make the Paste in that manner, that it may be agreeable to divers dispositions, in the moderate drinking of it. And so, with all possible brevity, shall distinguish and divide this Treatise into foure poynts, or Heads. In the first place I shall declare, whatChocolate is; and what are the Qualities of Cacao, and the other Ingredients of thisConfection shall treate of; where I the Receipt set downe by the aforesaid Author ofMarchena declare my, and opinion concerning the same. The second point shall treate of the Quality, which resulteth out of the mixture of these Simples, which are put into it. In the third place the manner of Compounding; and how many wayes they use to drink it in theIndiesand last place I shall treat of the  fourth,. In the Quantity; and how it ought to be taken; at what time; and by what persons.
The first Point.
Concerning the first Point, I say, thatChocolateis a name of theIndians; which in our vulgar Castilian, we may call a certaineConfection, in which (among the Ingredients) the principallBasis, and Foundation, is the Cacao it; of whose Nature and Quality is necessary first to treat: And therefore I say, according to the common received opinion, that it is cold, and
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