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PRÆCIPUE QUOAD USUS HUMANOS.
The prolongation of life.
The altering of statures.
1 This paper follows the New Atlantis in the original edition, and concludes the volume.
Instruments of destruction, as of war and poison. Exhilaration of the spirits, and putting them in good
disposition. Force of the imagination, either upon another body,
or upon the body itself. Acceleration of time in maturations. Acceleration of time in clarifications. Acceleration of putrefaction. Acceleration of decoction. Acceleration of germination. Making rich composts for the earth. Impressions of the air, and raising of tempests. Great alteration; as in induration, emollition, &c. Turning crude and watry substances into oily and
unctuous substances. Drawing of new foods out of substances not now in
Making new threads for apparel ; and new stuffs ;
such as paper, glass, &c.
WORKS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR PARTS OF THE INSTAU
RATIO MAGNA, BUT SUPERSEDED OR ABANDONED;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 if God give me leave to write a just and perfect volume of Philosophy, which I go on with, though slowly." — Letter to Bishop Andrews upon sending him the "Cogitata et Visa."