The Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg, Vol. 8 1671-1672 by Henry Oldenburg, Rupert A. Hall, Marie B. Hall

By Henry Oldenburg, Rupert A. Hall, Marie B. Hall

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Foss (a Dane who is not unknown to you)16 has returned from Italy and showed me a sample extracted from the aforesaid book, if I am not mistaken, for by means o f a peculiarly fashioned glass he weighed all fluids most precisely, and revealed the difference o f the twentieth part o f a grain. 18 I have subjected some consumptives to the scalpel, and observed some noteworthy things. Dr. Kornmann,19 my great friend, has some very curious and rare things in another place; for he is publishing a book on the dyes, or essences o f excrements, among which are those of worms, which he obtains from any flowers or plants through putrefaction.

F i, no. 68 Sr Derby: May 13 1671 This was writ according to ye date but a suddain messenger tooke me away into Craven, whence I returned but yesterday soe yt it was not sent nor ye box mentioned but you will not fail to receive ym ye next op­ portunity. 6 May 13th 1671. ADDRESS These For his honoured friend Mr Henry Oldenburg at his house in ye Palmal London p o s t m a r k NOTES 1 2 3 4 5 6 45 The carrier from York. See Vol. VII, Letter 1632. Compare Vol. VII, Letter 1601 and its note 6. Vol.

T R A N S L A T IO N Most worthy Sir, a fter I had completed my letter by an appointed time for a friend o f mine l \ to carry over, lo and behold there comes a letter brought me from the Freiherr von Nuland at the Hague, to be sent on to y o u ;1 to which I thought fit to join that little treatise o f his that he mentions, which I happened to have at hand, in case by any chance you have it not. A n d since some Englishmen returning home at the same time have asked for my engraved portrait I judged it would not be unwelcome to you if I send you a couple o f copies o f the same thing,2 in case it should reach you quicker by some other means, than straight from myself, at the same time begging you for a copy o f yours, should it have been done.

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