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By Mary Anne Atwood

ISBN-10: 1172561249

ISBN-13: 9781172561247

Mary Anne wrote A Suggestive Inquiry into the airtight secret. . . at her father’s request, and in parallel together with his personal composition of a long poem at the comparable topic. Thomas South (her father) paid for the booklet to be released anonymously in 1850, yet with no need learn it, trusting his daughter’s judgement. analyzing it after booklet, he believed Mary Anne had printed many airtight secrets and techniques that have been higher left unpublished, and accordingly got up the remainder inventory and, together with his daughter, burnt them, besides the incomplete manuscript of his poem. just a couple of copies of the e-book survived. Ms Atwood released not anything after A Suggestive Inquiry. . . .

Walter Leslie Wilmshurst, in his 1918 creation to the reissue, laments that the innovations of her later years didn't locate fruition in one other paintings. He claims, notwithstanding, that there's a lot to be present in her papers, of which he was once then in possession.

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For what hereof they wrote clear with their pen, Their clouded clauses dulled; from manie men Fro laymen, fro clerks, and soe fro every man They hid this art that noe man find it can. By their bokes thei do shew reasons faire, Whereby much people are brought to despaire: Yet Anaxagoras wrote plainest of them all In his boke of Conversions Naturall; Of the old Fathers that ever I founde, He most discloses of this science the grounde; Whereof Aristotle had great envy, And him rebuked unrightlfully, In manie places, as I can well report, Intending that men should not to him resort, For he was large of his cunnying and love, God have his soul in bliss above; And such as sowed envious seede God forgive them for their mis-deede" (21).

Seneca also mentions his artificial confection of precious stones (18); and it is said that he spent all his leisure, after his return home, in these and such-like hyperphysical researches. (19) During the sojourn of Democritus at Memphis, he is said to have become associated in his studies with a Hebrew woman named Maria, remarkable at that period for the advances she had made in Philosophy, and particularly in the department of the Hermetic Art. A treatise entitled Sapientisima Maria de Lapide Philosophica Praescripta is extant; also Maria Practica, a singularly excellent and esteemed fragment, which is preserved in the alchemical collections (20).

Those who have examined these coins pronounce them to be of the finest metal, and the inscription round the margin distinguishes them from all others in the Museums, and denotes their miraculous origin. They are described in Camden’s Antiquities, and for the truth of the whole story, we have, besides Cremer’s evidence and the declarations of Lully, a great deal of curious allusion to be found in the books of Olaus Borrichius, R. Constantius, l’Englet Dufresnoy, and Dickenson. The last relates that some time after the escape of Lully, there was found in the cell he occupied at Westminster with Cremer, whilst it was undergoing some repairs, a certain quantity of the powder of transmutation, by means of which the workmen and architects became enriched (57).

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