Beat to a cream half a pound of fresh butter cut up in a deep pan, among half a pound of brown sugar, and at the beginning set near the fire to soften it a little, but not to melt it. Add two large table-spoonfuls of ginger, a tea-spoonful of powdered cinnamon, and a tea-spoonful of powdered cloves. Then stir into it, alternately, a pint of West India molasses, and three pints of sifted flour, and six well-beaten eggs. Lastly, dissolve a small tea-spoonful of pearl-ash in a pint of sour milk, and stir it, while foaming, into the mixture. Put it immediately into shallow square tin pans, well buttered, and place it in an oven not too hot, or it will burn the outside, and leave the inside raw and heavy, This cake requires long beating, and much baking.