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RUSSIA, OR MUSCOVY ASHES,
Have very much the appearance of slaked lime, and are, like it, friable, or may be powdered or crumbled betwixt the fingers. Half a pound of them will only give about ten drams and fifteen grains of a very caustic salt. These consist, therefore, of a small quantity of alkaline salt, united with a large quantity of lime.
Are of the colour of iron-stone, and extremely hard, with many shining particles of charcoal in them. They have a saline taste, with a considerable degree of pungency or prickling heat. Half a pound of these ashes being boiled in a quantity of