Colonial handy hint: a remedy for mosquito bites

T. L. D.’s letter to the editor was published in the Sydney Morning Herald of 8 March 1844 with helpful information for newcomers to the colony.  Take a feather…….

sal volatile – read smelling salts

ycleptBrewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable comes to the rescue again:

An old English word meaning called, named, styled.  It is now only used in a sort of arch facetiousness that Fowler calls “Worn-out Humour”.