Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets

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Excerpt Royal-Society having been fir?…??t conceiv'd and delineated by a Great and Learned Chancellor, which High Office your Lord?…??hip deservedly bears; not as an Acqui?…??ition of Fortune, but your Intellectual Endowments; [pg] Con?…??picuous (among other Excellencies) by the Inclination Your Lord?…??hip di?…??covers to promote Natural Knowledge: As it ju?…??tifies the Di?…??cernment of that A?…???…??embly, to pitch upon Your Lord?…??hip for their Pre?…??ident, ?…??o does it no le?…??s di?…??cover the Candor, yea, I pre?…??ume to ?…??ay, the Sublimity of your Mind, in ?…??o generou?…??ly honoring them with your Acceptance of the Choice they have made. A Chancellor, and a very Learned Lord, was the Fir?…??t who honoured the Chair; and a no le?…??s Honorable and Learned Chancellor, re?…??igns it to Your Lord?…??hip: So as after all the Difficulties and Hard?…??hips the Society [pg] has hitherto gone through; it has thro' the Favour and Protection of its Pre?…??idents, not only pre?…??erv'd its Reputation from the Malevolence of Enemies and Detracters, but gone on Culminating, and now Triumphantly in Your Lord?…??hip: Under who?…??e propitious Influence, I am per?…??waded, it may promi?…??e it ?…??elf That, which indeed has hitherto been wanting, to ju?…??tifie the Glorious Title it bears of a ROYAL SOCIETY. The Emancipating it from ?…??ome Remaining and Di?…??couraging Circum?…??tances, which it as yet labours under; among which, that of a Precarious and un?…??teady Abode, is not the lea?…??t. This Honor was re?…??erv'd for Your Lord?…??hip; and an Honor, permit me [pg] to call it, not at all unworthy the Owning of the Greate?…??t Person living: Namely, the E?…??tabli?…??hing and Promoting Real Knowledge; and (next to what is Divine) truly ?…??o called; as far, at lea?…??t, as Humane Nature extends towards the Knowledge of Nature, by enlarging her Empire beyond the Land of Spectres, Forms, Intentional Species, Vacuum, Occult Qualities, and other Inadequate Notions; which, by their Ob?…??treperous and Noi?…??y Di?…??putes, affrighting, and (till of late) deterring Men from adventuring on further Di?…??coveries, confin'd them in a lazy Acquie?…??cence, and to be fed with Fanta?…??ms and fruitle?…??s Speculations, which ?…??ignifie nothing to the ?…??pecifick Nature of Things, [pg] solid and u?…??eful knowledge; by the Inve?…??tigation of Cau?…??es, Principles, Energies, Powers, and Effects of Bodies, and Things Vi?…??ible; and to improve them for the Good and Benefit of Mankind. My Lord, That which the Royal Society needs to accompli?…??h an entire Freedom, and (by rendring their Circum?…??tances more ea?…??ie) capable to ?…??ub?…??i?…??t with Honor, and to reach indeed the Glorious Ends of its In?…??titution, is an E?…??tabli?…??hment in a more Settl'd, Appropriate, and Commodious Place; having hitherto (like the Tabernacle in the Wilderne?…??s) been only Ambulatory for almo?…??t Forty Years: But Solomon built the Fir?…??t Temple; and what forbids us to hope, [pg] that as Great a Prince may build Solomon's Hou?…??e, as that Great Chancellor (one of Your Lord?…??hip's Learned Predece?…???…??ors) had de?…??ign'd the Plan; there being nothing in that Augu?…??t and Noble Model impo?…???…??ible, or beyond the Power of Nature and Learned Indu?…??try....
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