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This is an ANODYNE EXPECTORANT, prepared on the newly-discovered plan of combining the isolated active principles of medicine in their purity; affording a new remedy, which is found to give an energy and certainty of remedial effect, far surpassing any other in use.

The substances of which it is composed are those known to be most relied on, by medical men, for the relief of pulmonary disease. They and their proportions are accurately given in the Formula which has been published in the Medical Journals of this country and Europe, and also submitted in manuscript to a large part of the Medical Faculty of the United States and British America.

Its components, Morph. Acet., Sanguinerine, Tart. Ox. Antim., Emetine. Hydr. Acidum, Hyoseyamin, Saccharum, Spts., et Aqua, are here prepared so as perfectly to resist the action of time; thus affording to physicians a desideratum in medicine not hitherto obtained, and to patients a remedy which can be relied on to do for them all that medicine can do.

This Compound and its Formula have been submitted to the highest medical authorities in this country, and have received the unqualified commendation of Professors in the following Schools:—

Berkshire College of Medicine, at Pittsfield, Mass.

Ohio Medical College, Columbus, O.

Bowdoin Medical College, Brunswick, Me.

Vermont College, of Medicine, Castleton.

Albany College of Medicine, Albany, N. Y.

Medical Institute, Yale College.

Transylvania University of Medicine, Lexington, Ky.

Medical School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Columbian Medical College, Washington.

Memphis Medical Institute, Tenn.

And in foreign countries.

L'Ecole de Medicine, Paris, France.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, London.

Queen's College, Ireland.

University of Naples, Italy.

Junta of Medical Censorship for Cuba and the Spanish West Indies.

Junta Medicale” of Chili, South America.

The Mechanics' Institute of Ohio, at Cincinnati, have awarded their Diploma to the Cherry Pectoral, with honors for its surpassing virtues in curing disease.

The DIPLOMA of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics' Association was given to this Preparation at their Fair in Boston, Sept. 1847.


Extract from the Report of the Board of Judges on Chemicals, for the Mechanics' Institute,

Composed of Professor Webster, Harvard College; Dr. Smith, Port Physician, and Editor of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal; Edward Brinley, Druggist; and others:—

“The Cherry Pectoral, prepared by J. C. Ayer, Lowell, Mass., has become well and favorably known to the medical profession; and your committee concur in the opinion of those who have used and prescribed it, that it is a beautiful and highly valuable preparation. The evidences of its success as a remedy sufficiently show that it may be relied upon with confidence for the relief of the numerous and afflicting pulmonary diseases incident to our climate.”

As an article of public utility, this Preparation has received the favorable notice of many distinguished personages. Among them are

Diedr. Lovenskiold, for his Royal Majesty, Oscar I., King of Sweden and Norway.

Jasper Zipcy, (Dragoman,) for the IMAUM of Muscat.

Rt. Hon. Sir Charles T. Metcalf, Governor General of the Canadas.

Gen. Emanuel Bulnes, President of Chili.

Rt. Rev. Ed. Power, Lord Bishop of Toronto.

His Excellency Ex-Gov. Shunk, of Penn.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Purcell, Archbishop of Cincinnati.

Hon. Henry Clay, U. S. Senate.

Don R. Rivas, Minister Plen. of New Grenada.

Hon. Chief Justice Story, Supreme Court of U. S.

Prof. Ed. Hitchcock, D. D., LL. D., President of Amherst College.

Valentine Mott, M. D., Prof. Surg. N. Y. City.

Baron Von Arfwedson, Prof. Med., Stockholm.

Ibrahim Pacha, Constantinople, for his Sublime Majesty the Sultan of Turkey.

As a remedy for pulmonary disease, in all its various forms, nothing has been offered to the public on which they can so surely depend for relief and cure as this simple and beautiful but highly efficient preparation.

Read the following from men whose opinions are worth reading:—

From the President of Amherst College, EDWARD HITCHCOCK, D. D., LL. D., &c.

J. C. Ayer. Sir: I have used your Cherry Pectoral in my own case of deep-seated bronchitis, and am satisfied, from its chemical constitution, that it is an admirable compound for the relief of laryngial and bronchial difficulties. If my opinion, as to its superior character, can be of any service, you are at liberty to use it as you think proper. Edward Hitchcock.

Amherst, Sept. 12, 1849.

From the distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materia Medica, Bowdoin College.

Dear Sir: I delayed answering the receipt of your preparation, until I had an opportunity of witnessing its effects in my own family, or in the families of my friends.

This I have now done, with a high degree of satisfaction, in cases both of adults and children.

I have found it, as its ingredients show, a powerful remedy for colds, and coughs, and pulmonary diseases.

Parker Cleaveland, M. D.

Brunswick, Me., Feb. 5, 1847.

One of the eminently learned Physicians of this Country, DR. PERKINS, the venerable President of the Vermont Medical College, at Castleton, Vt.,

“Considers it a composition of rare excellence for the cure of that formidable disease, consumption.”


From DR. JONES, an eminent Practitioner of Medicine in Alabama, well known throughout the State.

Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 4, 1849.

Dr. J. C. Ayer. Sir: I have used your admirable compound extensively in my practice, and find it to surpass by far any other remedy we have for curing disease upon the lungs. Your ob't servant, R. B. Jones, M. D.

From the able Editor of the New England Diadem,

An educated and highly intelligent physician. His opinion is also concurred in by other learned gentlemen of the medical profession in that city.

Providence, R. I., Oct. 13, 1849.

J. C. Ayer, Esq. Dear Sir: Although not in the habit of recommending proprietory medicines, it affords me pleasure to certify in favor of yours, and add mine to the testimonials you have already received from so many sources in relation to your deservedly popular Cherry Pectoral, which I regard as a most useful and scientific preparation. I have prescribed it in numerous cases, and always with the happiest results; indeed, I am not aware that we possess another remedy at all to be compared with it for efficiency in pulmonary affections.

Very respectfully yours, J. Emerson Kent, M. D., Editor of the New England Diadem.


The widely celebrated Professor of Surgery in the Medical College, New York city, says,

“It gives me pleasure to certify the value and efficacy of ‘ Ayer's Cherry Pectoral, ’ which I consider peculiarly adapted to cure diseases of the throat and lungs.”

From one of the first Physicians in Maine.

Saco, Me., April 26, 1849.

Dr. J. C. Ayer, Lowell. Dear Sir: I am now constantly using your Cherry Pectoral in my practice, and I prefer it to any other medicine for pulmonary complaints. From observation of many severe cases, I am convinced it will cure coughs, colds, and diseases of the lungs, that have put to defiance all other remedies.

I invariably recommend its use in cases of consumption, and consider it much the best remedy known for that disease. Respectfully yours, I. S. Cushman, M. D.

Wilkesbarre, Pa., Sept. 28, 1850.

Dr. J. C. Ayer. My Dear Sir: Your medicine is much approved by those who have used it here, and its composition is such as to insure and maintain its reputation. I invariably recommend it for pulmonary affections, as do many of our principal physicians.

I am your friend, Chas. Streater, M. D.

Stanstead, Canada, Nov. 8, 1849.

Dear Sir: I have to inform you the demand for your Cherry Pectoral is increasing here. Merit will generally be appreciated sooner or later. While most other preparations prove merely palliatives, Cherry Pectoral has amply sustained all that accompanying testimonials have promised in relation to it.

Yours very truly, B. F. Hubbard.

J. C. Ayer, Lowell, Mass., Chemist.

South Paris, Me., Aug. 14, 1850.

I have no hesitation in saying that I regard Ayer's Cherry Pectoral as decidedly the best remedy within my knowledge for the cure of Chronic Bronchitis, Coughs, and all diseases of the lungs.

M. A. Rust, M. D.

Halifax C. H., Virginia, May 24, 1850.

Dr. J. C. Ayer. My Dear Sir: I can safely say of your Cherry Pectoral, after having used it two years in my practice, that I have never before found its equal for curing diseases of the throat and lungs. I have arrested some threatening cases of Consumption with it, and always employ it in Hooping Cough, Croup, and Bronchitic symptoms, with happy success. The article has entirely won my confidence, and has completely superseded all the old cough remedies in this section of country. Yours truly, W. A. Shaw, M. D.

FROM JOHN H. CURRIE, Practical Pharmaceutic Chemist, N. York City.

Dr. J. C. Ayer: I have received the Cherry Pectoral with its Formula, and can confidently assert, what must be apparent to any Chemist from its composition, that it will prove a most excellent remedy for diseases of the Throat and Lungs.


Cherry Pectoral has produced such results, and in so many instances, and in such desperate cases, as affords abundant reasons to believe a remedy has at length been found which masters that hitherto fatal disease.


Dr. J. C. Ayer, of Lowell, a chemist of high respectability, has made a new preparation of Wild Cherry, for popular use, which is considered an excellent remedy for coughs, colds, and diseases of the lungs. Utterly as we are opposed to all secret compounds, under the inviting name of specifies for particular diseases, it comes within our province, and gives us pleasure, to speak with approbation of such a medicine as is here offered to the public.— Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.

This new antidote for consumption, by an eminent chemist of New England, has produced effects, within our own observation, which undoubtedly show it to possess a singular mastery over that appalling disease.— New Orleans Picayune.

We believe this medicine to be, to an unusual extent, what it purports to be—a remedy, and its cures leave us no reason to doubt it will prove largely instrumental in arresting the prevailing scourge and terror of our climate—consumption. The distinguished president of our medical college at Castleton has bestowed upon, this preparation the highest praise, as a composition of rare excellence for the prevention and cure of this formidable type of disease.— Burlington (Vt.) Free Press.

This highly concentrated preparation of Wild Cherry is making cures around us which cannot but excite the interest of philanthropists and the friends of the afflicted.— New York Tribune.

Since the public will use proprietary remedies, we wish for their good there were more of them, like the celebrated Cough Remedy of New England, fit to be used.— Ohio Medical Journal.

We have used the Cherry Pectoral, and can from experience recommend it to our readers.— Christian Recorder.

It is seldom that we notice advertised medicines, and when we do, it is with good reasons for departing from our usual custom; but in calling attention to Ayer's Cherry Pectoral, we feel that we are doing a service to the community by the course we adopt.

Cases within our own observation have proved it to possess a mastery over lung complaints which we did not know could be obtained by any medicine. They have shown, too, that it is a remedy which should be known to the public, and we shall not fail to proclaim its merit.— Christian Advocate.

Among the numerous manufactures which have their home in this city, the Cherry Pectoral, for the cure of pulmonary complaints, is becoming one of primary importance, and the article is already extensively and favorably known. Our best physicians in Lowell speak highly of this compound, and recommend it in all pulmonary cases.— Lowell Courier.

More elaborate notices may be seen in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, British American Journal of Medical and Physical Science, Montreal; London Journal of Pharmacy; Charleston Medical Review, S. C.; Braithwaite's Retrospect, England; Medical Reporter, New Jersey; London Lancet; Annales de Medicine et de Chimie, Revue Medicale, Paris, &c.

Perhaps no stronger evidence can be adduced to show the intrinsic value and unequalled usefulness of this preparation than the fact that over one hundred of the best Houses of Druggists in the United States have come forward and given their signatures to assure the American People that this is the best and safest remedy, within their knowledge, for the cure of pulmonary complaints.

These are men whose experience and business leads them to know—and this is their opinion.

Letters and orders from dealers in the United States, accompanied by reliable references, will meet with prompt attention.

Merchants in foreign countries where no agency is established, wishing for supply, must send their applications accredited by the nearest American Consul.

We have endeavored here to furnish the community a medicine of such intrinsic superiority and worth as should commend itself to their confidence; and trust by great care in preparing it with chemical accuracy, of uniform strength, to afford physicians a new agent on which they can rely for the best results, and the afflicted with a remedy which is sure to do for them all that medicine can do.


Sold at wholesale by the Druggists in the principal Cities, and retailed by Druggists and Apothecaries generally throughout the United States, the British American Provinces, and some of the Independent Republics of South America.

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Ayer's cherry pectoral, for the cure of coughs, colds, influenza, hoarseness, croup, bronchitis, incipient consumption, and for the relief of consumptive patients in advanced stages of the disease ... Prepared by James C. Ayer, druggist and prac
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Ayer, James C.
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Lowell, 1850.
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