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the West Indies: also the inventor of ships: your monk that was the inventor of ordnance and of gunpowder : the inventor of music: the inventor of leiters: the inventor of printing : the inventor of observations of astronomy: the inventor of works in metal : the inventor of glass : the inventor of silk of the worm: the inventor of wine: the inventor of corn and bread: the inventor of sugars: and all these by more certain tradition than you have. Then have we divers inventors of our own, of excellent works; which since you have not seen, it were too long to make descriptions of thein; and besides, in the right understanding of those descriptions you might easily err. For upon every invention of value, we erect a statua to the inventor, and give him a liberal and honourable reward. These statua's are some of brass ; some of marble and touch-stone; some of cedar and other special woods gilt and adorned : some of iron; some of silver; some of gold.
“We have certain hymns and services, which we say daily, of laud and thanks to God for his marvellous works : and forms of prayers, imploring his aid and blessing for the illumination of our labours, and the turning of them into good and holy uses.
“ Lastly, we have circuits or visits of divers principal cities of the kingdom ; where, as it cometh to pass, we do publish such new profitable inventions as we think good. And we do also declare natural divinations of diseases, plagues, swarms of hurtful creatures, scarcity, tempests, earthquakes, great inundations, comets, temperature of the year, and divers other things; and we give counsel thereupon what the people shall do for the prevention and remedy of them.”
And when he had said this, he stood up; and I, as I had been taught, knecled down; and he laid his right hand upon my head, and said; “ God bless thee, my son, and God bless this relation which I have made. I give thee leave to publish it for the good of other nations; for we here are in God's bosom, a land unknown.” And so he left me; having assigned a value of about two thousand ducats, for a bounty to me and my fellows. For they give great largesses where they come upon all occasions.
| Prædicimus etium antequam adveniant (id quod ad Naturales Divinationes pertinct) morbos epidlemicos, &c.
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PRÆCIPUE QUOAD USUS HUMANOS.'
The prolongation of life.
position. Force of the imagination, either upon another body, or upon
the body itself. Acceleration of time in maturations. Acceleration of time in clarifications.
• This paper follows the New Atlantis in the original cdition, and concludes the volume.
Acceleration of putrefaction.
substances. Drawing of new foods out of substances not now in use. Making new threads for apparel; and new stuffs; such as
paper, glass, &c.
WORKS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR PARTS OF THE INSTAURATIO
MAGNA, BUT SUPERSEDED OR ABANDONED;
ACCORDING TO THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY WERE WRITTEN,
"Because you were wont to make me believe you took liking to my writings, I send you some of this vacation's fruits ; and thus much more of my mind and purpose. I hasten not to publish : perishing I would prevent; and am forced to respect as well my times as the matter. For with me it is thus, and I think with all men in my case: if I bind myself to an argument, it loadeth my mind, but if I rid myself of the present cogitation, it is rather a recreation. This hath put me into these miscellanies, which I purpose to suppress it God give me leave to write a juist and perfect volume of Philosophy, which I go on with, though slowly." - Letter to Bishop Andrews upon sending him the “Cogitata et Visa,"