1. Elixir of vitriol was made from alcohol, "aromatics" (usually ginger or cinnamon), and sulfuric acid. Yum. Makes castor oil sound like dessert.
2. The general who led Continental troops down the Williamsburg peninsula, tailing British general Cornwallis was Lafayette. Washington was up north, keeping New York and Philadelphia safe while he coordinated the addition of French troops to the Continental ranks. He joined Lafayette 2 months later at Yorktown.
3. The 18th century anthology Pills to Purge Melancholy contained bawdy songs.
We have three winners: Lelia Taylor, Karen Mayers, and J. Haupin. They will each receive a free copy of the book of their choice by me and be entered in the grand drawing in late April for a free hot-off-the-press copy of FEAR ITSELF.