The boracic acid was formerly called sedative salt and its compounds borax with

The boracic acid was formerly called sedative salt

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The boracic acid was formerly called sedative salt , and its compounds borax , with base of fixed vegetable alkali, &c.—A. S ECT . XXII.— Observations upon Boracic Add and its Combinations. This is a concrete acid, extracted from a salt procured from India called borax or tincall . Although borax has been very long employed in the arts, we have as yet very imperfect knowledge of its origin, and of the methods by which it is extracted and purified; there is reason to believe it to be a native salt, found in the earth in certain parts of the east, and in the water of some lakes. The whole trade of borax is in the hands of the Dutch, who have been exclusively possessed of the art of purifying it till very lately, that Messrs L'Eguillier of Paris have rivalled them in the manufacture; but the process still remains a secret to the world. By chemical analysis we learn that borax is a neutral salt with excess of base, consisting of soda, partly saturated with a peculiar acid long called Homberg's sedative salt , now the boracic acid . This acid is found in an uncombined state in the waters of certain lakes. That of Cherchiais in Italy contains 94­1/2 grains in each pint of water. To obtain boracic acid, dissolve some borax in boiling water, filtrate the solution, and add sulphuric acid, or any other having greater affinity to soda than the boracic acid; this [Pg 242] [Pg 243] [Pg 244]
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