Concerning Natural Experimental Philosophie: Meric Casaubon by Michael R.G. Spiller

By Michael R.G. Spiller

The replica of A Letter to Peter du Moulin from which this facsimile is taken is within the nationwide Library of Scotland, pressmark NG.1341.c.1(8). the 1st and purely factor, it runs to 36 pages with a name web page and clean initial leaf, and price sixpence; it truly is coarsely and doubtless hurriedly published, with an blunders at the name web page: to make experience of 'Prebendarie of an identical Church, ' the &c. after Casaubon's identify must have been extended to learn 'and Prebendarie of Christ-Church, Canterbury.' An obliging modern has annotated the replica with the names of these whom Casaubon alludes to in a roundabout way. there isn't any date within the pamphlet except at the identify web page, and the single proof for a extra targeted courting, within the absence of any ms. or notes for it, is in a letter written through Casaubon to J.G. Graevius on July nineteenth, 1668, from Cambridge. Casaubon and Graevius (1632-1703), Professor of Politics, historical past and Eloquence within the college of Utrecht, have been conversant in bewail the modern nation of the republic of letters of their correspondence, and in this get together Casaubon wrote: Prima mali labes a Philosophia Cartesiana, quae stultae iuventuti et novitatis avidae bonos lade advert Experimenta ventum est, in quibus nunc omnis eruditio, tibros excussit e manibus.

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Casaubon, in 1669, was stung to ridicule by the same brashness). an invective against Glanvill, which was refused licence, and which Glanvill obtained and printed privately under the title of the Chew Gazette, of which no copy has so far been found. Meanwhile, in 1668, Stubbe had independently been provoked into reading first Glanvill's Plus Ultra (which was available by July) and then Sprat's History, by encountering at a dinner 26 THE CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION party an admirer of the Royal Society (unidentified) who compared ancient and modern medicine very much to the discredit of the former.

The Air-Pump, the Barometer, the Quadrant, and the like Inventions, were thrown out to those busy Spirits, as Tubs and Barrels are to a Whale that he may let the Ship sail on without Disturbance, whilst he diverts himself with those innocent Amusements. Pleasant as it is to imagine Charles II diverting the ardour of political hotheads like Robert Boyle with nonchalant requests to invent the air pump or improve the barometer, this seems merely a careless recollection of a mixture of remarks by Sprat and Stubbe, possibly deliberately assumed to accent the ingenuousness of Mr.

H. More (Oxford, 1671). To George Thomson Stubbe now replied with three tracts, which would not be in place here had Stubbe not bound in with them another attack on Glanvill: 15) The Lord Bacon's Relation of the Sweatening-Sickness Examined, in a Reply to George Thomson . together with 16) A Defence ofPhlebotomy ... in Opposition to the same Author . also 17) A relation concerning the Strange Symptomes happening upon the Bite of an Adder. And: 18) A Reply: by way of Preface to the Calumnies of Eccebolius Glanvile (London, 1671).

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