[Peoria, Illinois: 1847]. Broadside, 8-1/2" x 10-1/4", illustrated in the center with a sketch of an Arabian oasis, with trees, angels, a horse, and a loving couple. Light edge wear and toning. Else Very Good. Signed at the end in typescript by Farrell.
A rare Peoria broadside. It describes the curative powers of the Arabian Liniment for soreness and swelling of the breast, pain and weakness in the back and joints, sprains, paralysis or loss of power in the limbs, etc. "It penetrates the flesh to the bone." Moreover, it "effectually and speedily cures most of the diseases of horses..."
Hiram G. Farrell began his career in 1836 as a clerk in his brother's Peoria drugstore; he was fourteen years old. The two would have a falling-out: each advertised the Arabian Liniment, and claimed the other's was inferior. H.G. retired in 1903 at the age of 80, "a shrewd and industrious druggist" who "made a fortune from Farrell's Arabian Liniment" [Bogard, 'Peoria's Pioneer Druggists, the Farrells, and Farrell's Arabian Liniment', in 24 Pharmacy in History 99-105 (1982)]. This broadside claims the liniment is "Manufactured only by H.G. Farrell, sole inventor and proprietor and wholesale Druggist, No. 17 Main-st. Peoria, Ill."
OCLC 191287438 [2- AAS, U Rochester Med. Ctr] as of June 2018. Not in Byrd or McMurtrie [Peoria imprints]. See Byrd 1443 for Farrell's broadsheet [date estimated 1849], the only Farrell item that Byrd records. Item #35137