This section is from the "Elixirs And Flavoring Extracts. Their History, Formulae, & Methods of Preparation" book, by John Uri Lloyd. Also available from Amazon: Elixirs and flavoring extracts,: Their history, formulae, and methods of preparation;
To elixir proprietatis add of aromatic sulphuric acid an amount sufficient to render it fairly acid. The Supplement to the London Pharmacopoeia, 1821, directs what in these days would be considered an unreasonable amount of acid. (See also our formula on page 8, which is Boerhaave's original formula for making "Elixir Proprietatis with Distilled Vinegar.")
229. RADCLIFF'S PURGING ELIXIR.
Jalap, 7 1/2 troyounces.
Cape aloes, 5 troyounces.
Gentian, 2 troyounces.
Canella alba, 1 1/2 troyounces.
Orange peel, bitter, 1 troyounce.
Grains of paradise, 3 drachms.
Scammony, 1 1/2 ounces.
Senna, 1 1/2 ounces.
Diluted alcohol, 16 pints
Reduce the drugs to a coarse powder, mix them with the diluted alcohol, and macerate fourteen days, stirring the mixture thoroughly each day, then filter.
(Supplement to London Pharmacopoeia, 1821.)