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histories. But I have at present so many other things to do that I can only find time to subjoin a Catalogue of their titles. As soon however as I have leisure for it, I mean to draw up a set of questions on the several subjects, and to explain what points with regard to each of the histories are especially to be inquired and collected, as conducing to the end I have in view,

like a kind of particular Topics. In other words, I mean (according to the practice in civil causes) in this great Plea or Suit granted by the divine favour and providence (whereby the human race seeks to recover its right over nature), to examine nature herself and the arts upon interrogatories.

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1. History of the Heavenly Bodies; or Astronomical History. 2. History of the Configuration of the Heaven and the parts

thereof towards the Earth and the parts thereof; or Cos

mographical History. 3. History of Comets. 4. History of Fiery Meteors. 5. History of Lightnings, Thunderbolts, Thunders, and Corus

cations. 6. History of Winds and Sudden Blasts and Undulations of

the Air. 7. History of Rainbows. 8. History of Clouds, as they are seen above. 9. History of the Blue Expanse, of Twilight, of Mock-Suns,

Mock-Moons, Haloes, various colours of the Sun; and of every variety in the aspect of the heavens caused by the

medium. 10. History of Showers, Ordinary, Stormy, and Prodigious;

also of Waterspouts (as they are called); and the like. 11. History of Hail, Snow, Frost, Hoar-frost, Fog, Dew, and

the like. 12. History of all other things that fall or descend from above,

and that are generated in the upper region. 13. History of Sounds in the upper region (if there be any),

besides Thunder. 14. History of Air as a whole, or in the Configuration of the


15. History of the Seasons or Temperatures of the Year, as

well according to the variations of Regions as according to accidents of Times and periods of Years ; of Floods,

Heats, Droughts, and the like. 16. History of Earth and Sea; of the Shape and Compass of

them, and their Configurations compared with each other; and of their broadening or narrowing; of Islands in the Sea; of Gulfs of the Sea, and Salt Lakes within the

Land; Isthmuses and Promontories. 17. History of the Motions (if any be) of the Globe of Earth

and Sea; and of the Experiments from which such

motions may be collected. . 18. History of the greater Motions and Perturbations in Earth

and Sea; Earthquakes, Tremblings and Yawnings of the Earth, Islands newly appearing; Floating Islands ; Breakings off of Land by entrance of the Sea, Encroachments and Inundations and contrariwise Recessions of the Sea ; Eruptions of Fire from the Earth ; Sudden

Eruptions of Waters from the Earth; and the like. 19. Natural History of Geography; of Mountains, Vallies,

Woods, Plains, Sands, Marshes, Lakes, Rivers, Torrents, Springs, and every variety of their course, and the like; leaving apart Nations, Provinces, Cities, and such like

matters pertaining to Civil life. 20. History of Ebbs and Flows of the Sea; Currents, Undu

lations, and other Motions of the Sea. 21. History of the other Accidents of the Sea; its Saltness,

its various Colours, its Depth ; also of Rocks, Mountains and Vallies under the Sea, and the like.

Next come Histories of the Greater Masses. • 22. History of Flame and of things Ignited. 23. History of Air, in Substance, not in the Configuration of

the World. 24. History of Water, in Substance, not in the Configuration

of the World 25. History of Earth and the diversity thereof, in Substance,

not in the Configuration of the World.

Next come Histories of Species. 26. History of perfect Metals, Gold, Silver; and of the Mines, Veins, Marcasites of the same ; also of the Working in

the Mines. 27. History of Quicksilver. 28. History of Fossils; as Vitriol, Sulphur, &c. 29. History of Gems; as the Diamond, the Ruby, &c. 30. History of Stones; as Marble, Touchstone, Flint, &c. . 31. History of the Magnet. 32. History of Miscellaneous Bodies, which are neither entirely

Fossil nor Vegetable ; as Salts, Amber, Ambergris, &c. 33. Chemical History of Metals and Minerals. 34. History of Planets, Trees, Shrubs, Herbs; and of their

parts, Roots, Stalks, Wood, Leaves, Flowers, Fruits,

Seeds, Gums, &c. 35. Chemical History of Vegetables. 36. History of Fishes, and the Parts and Generation of them. 37. History of Birds, and the Parts and Generation of them. 38. History of Quadrupeds, and the Parts and Generation of

them. 39. History of Serpents, Worms, Flies, and other insects;

and of the Parts and Generation of them. 40. Chemical History of the things which are taken by


Next come Histories of Man. 41. History of the Figure and External Limbs of Man, his

Stature, Frame, Countenance and Features ; and of the variety of the same according to Races and Climates, or

other smaller differences. 42. Physiognomical History of the same. 43. Anatomical History, or of the Internal Members of Man;

and of the variety of them, as it is found in the Natural Frame and Structure, and not merely as regards Diseases

and Accidents out of the course of Nature. 44. History of the parts of Uniform Structure in Man; as

Flesh, Bones, Membranes, &c. 45. History of Humours in Man; Blood, Bile, Seed, &c. 46. History of Excrements; Spittle, Urine, Sweats, Stools,

Hair of the Head, Hairs of the Body, Whitlows, Nails,

and the like. 47. History of Faculties; Attraction, Digestion, Retention,

Expulsion, Sanguification, Assimilation of Aliment into

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