The Hartlib Papers

Title:Letter, Robert Child To Hartlib
Dating:11 March 1651
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         Lisneygarvey March 11th. 1651
Honoured Sir
             I haue at length received a few lines from you, bearing date the 15th of Dec. which are the first I haue received since my arrivall into these parts but how by adventure they came to my hands, I know not about 10 dayes before the receipt thereof I wrote a few words to you by one Mr Royden, gouldsmith at the boares head in cheape side, he promised to deliver them with his owne hands & safely to [conveig? altered] to my hands, whatsoeuer my freinds should commit to him, he Intending to returne speedily. I hope he hath according to his promise visited you I likewise certifyed you by former letters, that Mr Locke who liveth with Secretary Roe, & sometimes was servant to [Colonell? MS edge] Hill, doth oft send letters & packets to the Colonell, Mr [Worsley? MS edge] is very well acquainted with him. I question not, but that he will conveigh a word or two at least, if other opportunityes faile. I am likely to stay here some time. & therefore do much desire a Certayne & Constant Correspondence which I hope, in little time, when the passages to Dublin are cleared, maybe[altered] established: I thought Convenient againe to salute you with a word or two, by this Gentleman Mr Burgh, who is your neighbour, his father living in the Strand nigh St Martins lane at the Beare & ragged staffe he Intends likewise to returne spedily with some others but he is vncertaine, whither he shalbe in the Country, or begin his Iourney from London: he will Certify you, of my good health which, I hope, will continue, though at present, people begin to be sickly. we haue little newes in these parts, what is done in the southerne parts, is so much vnknowne to vs in the north, that vsually we see it in the printed books from London, we heare, that our forces about Galloway Intend to blocke it vp on all sides which as yet is not done, the towne hath but few souldiers in it, & in some want, our ships hauing taken 1500 barrels of Corne going vnto them: Colonell venables this winter hath taken diverse preyes of Cattle. the Tories are dispersed, & not in any body considerable, there is very great hopes of finishing the warre totally this next summer: I could haue wished, that I had seene my letters which I wrote to you before it had bin reprinted, that I might both haue added some things, & haue mended some Circumstantiall things for you well know in what hast & how vnsettled my thoughts were, when I wrote it. but I am glad it is so much [esteemd? MS edge] as to be thought the reprinting. I haue taken notice of the husbandry of this place, & shal endeavour to set things right here: the great Interest of this place in the north is to goe on flax, which groweth here very well, if we can get seed wee shal sow some [along? MS edge] here.
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there are 3 or 4 dutch men come to plant here, I hope, they will goe on the same proiect it may be very vseful & profitable for England also: as concerning the passage in my letters concerning honey. I cannot exactly give you an account of it till I see all the [discorse?] thus much I remember, & know by experience, that if pure honey be gently boyled in pure boy water & well skimmed, & afterwarrd cooled, & then with barme or yest set to [werking?], as wee vsually doe beare or ale, & then put into a larger vessell for a time & afterwards drawne into pottles that a liquor hath & may be made like fountayne water, yet of such a fine excellent tast, & so [word illeg.] that some, who haue thought themselves of very good pallets haue mistaken it for Greek wine [word illegible] [sherith?] & I question not, but sugar will doe the like, but whither I seeme to speak of any [more?] [Ingenuous?] clarifications, as with white of Egs, [which?] [word deleted] salt of Tartar, or [which?] other things that [word illeg.] vse for [that?] wine
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Or whither I referre them to Glauber, who in his Appendix, speaketh of some ingenuous fermentations & Clarifications, I Cannot certainly tell, but this I dare say bouldly say, that if any gentleman, would try experiments vpon honey sugar, yea on any sweet things if the sweetnes be not to flashy & watry, he shall find diverse things, both delightfull & profitable. I hope Glauberus, who haue promised diverse things in these [kinds?], & I suppose is most able to accomplish them, will more clearely manifest them for the good & comfort of these northerne Countryes. I thinke I saw in the newes book some peeces of Glauber translated into English, about minerals I hope to heare from you concerning his writings, for I very much respect the Ingenuity of the man. I desire likewise to heare what other ingenuous things are written of late. I thinke these times very fruitfull & that the great secrets which haue a long time bin hid, will shortly be manifested, I greive much that I went not to Gilford to see Mr Weston, & his Flaunders husbandry, I am persuaded, it would be very vsefull in these parts, if he haue lately published any thing, pray let me know of it. I desire likewise to know how the handmill for grinding of all sorts of Corne doth thrive as likewise the husbandry of that gentleman, whose name I haue forgot his mill will not be of much Importance as yet in this Country, because that here are conveniencyes euery where for water mills or windmill, for here wants neither wind nor water: & further as yet there is an excise of 6d per bushell on all wheat & barly grownd, so that hand mills are not permitted, leste that state should be couzened thereby: yet I hope, that hereafter it may be vsefull to this place & beneficiall to the first Inventor. I am sorry to heare of Mr Ashmoales sicknes, I hope he is well recovered, I dare say you will find him a very good & publicke spirited man. I should be glad to see two or three peeces which he was about, when I came from England, finished viz. Iohn Tradeshants rarityes, & our ould english philosophers, which as yet haue not bin printed [letter deleted?] pray remember my love & service to him, as also to Mr Worsley, Mr Durey to your whole family, & to Mr Boyle, if he be with you [left margin: & to] if mr Stirke, Mr Webb, or any other of our frinds <that> doe visite you I suppose likewise, that Morgan, at Westminster garden, as also Humphrey at yorke house, & Mr Mershall, if you haue acquaintance with them, will in their wayes be vsefulle to the publicke, especially the last I haue not written to any of my freinds but only to your selfe, neither shall I hereafter till I heare whither they be alive or dead. At present I take my leave & Rest   Your loving Freind Robert Child
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To his much honoured & respected
   freind Mr Samuell
   Hartlid at his house
   neare Charing Crosse
    against the Angell
      Court these
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            Westminster