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To Dye Purple Or Violet

First dye the hackles or stuffs blue, and lay them to dry; then, fill

the dye-pot more than half with soft water, and in the other pot prepare

the tartar and alum, dip your hackles into this for a little while, and

lay them on the table till you prepare the red dye; bruise a couple of

table-spoonfuls of cochineal, and put them into the pot of hot soft

water, boil for an hour, and put in the blue hackles, and allow them to

simmer over the fire very slowly to keep them from burning; when you

have the proper shade, take them out and wash them well.