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The chapters of the cases and tcays of making bargains.
1. If any desire to let out money upon interest with security, or desire to receive it upon interest in giving security, the office shall be able to give address thereunto.
2. If any will deposit money for annuities, or estate in reversion, the office shall address to such as will receive it.
3. If any will borrow or lend money upon any other conditions whatsoever, as upon lands, houses, leases, rents, &c. the office shall give information and address thereunto.
4. If travellers desire to change money from one species to another, or to be furnished in all places where they shall come, the office shall be able to address them to their accommodation.
5. If any desire to transport himself or his commodities by land or water, from one place to another, the office shall shew him where horses, coaches, carts, waggons, boats, ships, and barks are to be had for all places, and what their hire is, or what the hundred weight, or the ton, and last, doth come to for transportation.
6. The rates of all customs, taxes, impositions, and duties to be paid for all commodities should be found in the office for information of such as desire to know the same.
7. If any desire to know upon what terms apprentices are to be admitted in all trades and manufactures, the office shall give them information.
8. If any should be willing to transplant himself or others from these parts into any of the Western or Southern islands; or desire any thing from thence to be brought hither, or carried from hence thither, the office should be able to shew him upon what terms his desire may be accomplished.
9. The proportion and disproportion of the several weights and measures, throughout the kingdom, the office should shew.
10. The rates of insurances of all manner of commodities; and
11. The weekly course of negotiation to be made, as the custom is at Amsterdam, for all commodities shall be known by the means of the office.
12. If any desire an association for trading, or a factory, the office shall address him unto it.
III. The Register of Persons, and Actions, in all Offices and Relations.
IF any one should desire to know men out of employment, who would gladly be set to work in their faculty; the office shall be able to make them known; therefore, unto this head of persons, the register shall refer in their proper places all such as shall offer themselves to be listed for any employment whatsoever, that, when enquiry is made after them, they may be found out. Here then a place must be: for,
1. Ministers that want employment, for lecturers and professors of all sciences, for such as offer themselves to be tutors to children: all sorts of schoolmasters in all languages, and all schoolmistresses, all masters of bodily exercises, as fencing, vaulting, dancing, &c.
2. Physicians and surgeons, and such as depend upon them to do any service in that kind.
3. Secretaries, advocates, counsellors at law, clerks, copiers of writings, scriveners, sollicitors of business, and all such as depend upon the courts of justice, as the Chancery, Common-Pleas, the King's Bench, &c.
4. Here also all such as are officers or servants in the families of the King, Queen, prince, or great noblemen, to know where they are to be found, or such as may be fit to do noblemen service, as stewards, riders of the great horse, and all such as may do service in the stables or the kitchin, cooks, butlers, confectioners, &c. waiting gentlemen; grooms of the chambers, or of the stables, porters, gardeners, coachmen, faulconers, footmen.
5. Messengers for all places, who serve the publick as foot or horseposts, to carry letters or other pacquets of small burden.
6. Here also such as are masters of any trades or manufactures, or journeymen and apprentices that seek masters, are to be registered, to give them the address fit for their conveniency, when any is to be had.
7. Husbandmen and seamen, pilots, and all that belong to the employments by water.
8. Soldiers of all degrees; drummers, trumpeters, pipers, &c.
2. As for the female kind, their memorials are to be brought into the office by some men whom they should employ to that effect; and the office shall have some grave and pious matrons to be employed about the direction of all addresses in that nature; to whom the cases of women (as well as the inspection of the affairs of the poor, as the accommodation of others in their lawful desires and offers) may be referred.
3. Matters of marriage, and all memorials for information in that kind are to be brought into this head; whether of children to be disposed of, or of free persons who have power to dispose of themselves.
4. If any be towards any journey and want company to travel withal and seek society, their memorials are to be registered under this head. And if any want instruction and intelligence of the distances of places, or of the ways and of the conveniencies to be had in several places, of coaches, horses, waggons, &c. the office shall be able to furnish them with their information of all this; and how to be accommodated so far as the places do afford every kind of conveniency, and by this means travellers also will be more secured in their ways and better provided for.
5. Suits in law to commence or end them without trouble, to which effect such address shall be shewed, as may ease those that cannot attend their suits themselves (by reason of their distance from the places where the courts are kept) by the means of faithful agents and impartial transactors.
6. In case rents are to be received by any in places far distant from their residence, the office shall be able, by the correspondency which it shall keep in all places, to procure the payment thereof nearer at hand unto them; or in the place of their residence itself without trouble.
7. Such as shall desire the common intelligence of publick stats affairs, or occurrences of matters of more special concernment at home, or abroad, shall find address how to come by it to their content.
8. Such as expect rewards for services done to the King or state, and know not where to pitch and what to desire, answerable to what is due unto them, a discovery of degrees may be found by the office to accommodate their just desires.
9. In case sentences or obligations be to be executed, the office shall be able to shew in all places of the kingdom some body, that may be employed to that effect.
10. Persons expert to attend the sick: also the places where sick persons may be accommodated for all manner of diseases better than at their own homes, with baths, and places to sweat in, or for good air and healthful walks, &c.
11. In case any matter is to be notified to a friend, whose abode is uncertain; as the marriage of any to be contracted, or the birth and death of any, or the arrival of any to the city, or the change of his own abode: or, suppose a paper, or writ, or obligation be lost by any which another hath found; which, to him that hath lost it, is of great importance, and is not safe to be published by a cryer for fear of giving notice thereof to an adverse party, in all such cases the office should serve as a common center of advertisement and intelligence.
12. The hours and times of all carriers and messengers departures to all places; and in case strangers should desire to address any thing by them, chiefly letters or small pacquets, a trunk or box should be in the office kept for every one of them, wherein it should be found at their return, to be carried with them.
13. Such as would quit any office or charge of benefit for some present profit, or other consideration, may here find address how to compass their desires, by giving the memorial thereof to the office, that it may be notified to all, that may incline to entertain any such motion.
14. Such as would inform the state of any thing to be taken notice of, whether they will have their names taken notice of or not, they may be sure by the means of this office to have it made known over all the kingdom, by the correspondency of one office to another in every principal city; for the design is to have a commissary of address placed in every great and eminent city, who shall correspond with him of London, and with whom the London officer shall correspond in all cases to receive and give notice of matters, and to address persons and things from one to another, and to commit the procurement of affairs to their trust, and to such as they may employ able to effect the same in their several quarters; so that from any place in all the kingdom a business may be dispatched to any place or person, by the procuration of the
. correspondent officers of address in several places.
15. Strangers who desire to visit a country, and have no acquaintance in any places, may be addressed from one commissary of address unto another, throughout the whole kingdom, and in every place provided for at the easiest rates, and by the way directed unto the safest abodes and lodgings without hazard of being robbed or killed, when they shall not need to carry any sums of money about with them, but only certain bills or tickets from the officer of address to his correspondents, where he shall receive his accommodation according to his desire. By which means also they shall come to the acquaintance of all persons of note in all trades and employments, with whom they may hav« converse instantly without loss of time and needless expences:
l6. If any hath a house to build, and would know the best masterbuilders, and where all the materials necessary thereunto are to be had, the office shall be able to give him information and address thereunto with the prices, &c.
IV. The Register of Ingenuities, and Matters commendable for Wit, Worth, and Rarity.
To the chapters of this register are to be referred the memorials of all things, wherein men put some excellency, whether it be settled in the soul, or body, or subordinate to the manifestation or purchase of that, wherein men study to be beneficial unto, or to appear before others, in any thing whatsoever.
1. Here then, if any hath a feat in any science, which is extraordinary; either a new discovery of a truth, or an experiment in physick, mathematicks, or mechanicks; or a method of delivering sciences or languages, not ordinarily known, and very profitable; or some intricate question and difficulty, which he would have resolved by the most experienced in any, or all arts: in any such case, if the matter be notified to the office, with the tenor of his desire concerning it; by the means of the office, he shall be able to receive satisfaction therein so far as it is attainable.
2. If any is desirous to know the ways by which all degrees of honour are obtained, or conferred in all states and conditions of men, with all the ceremonies and ritualities belonging thereunto, and the privileges, for which in all states they are sought after, the office shall be able to give information thereof.
3. If any would purchase rare books out of print, or manuscripts of any kind, or would impart that, which he hath purchased, unto others, freely, or upon equitable terms, by the means of the office, it may be speedily notified unto all what his desire is, and what the things are, which he either hath to be imparted to others, or would have imparted by others to himself.
4. The rarities of cabinets, as medals, statues, pictures, coins, grains, flowers, shells, roots, plants, and all things that come from far, which nature or art hath fully produced in imitation of nature: if any hath desires to be rid of them, or to gather some of them together that hath none; the office will be either way serviceable to compass men's ends in them.
5. Mathematical and astronomical instruments, and new inventions to discover the secrets and hidden things of nature, if they are to be notified to others, the office will do it.
6. The anatomies of creatures, or the living or dead strange crea* tures, dogs, cats, apes,, fowls of rare qualities, and such like, if they be offered to be seen or sold, by the office this may be notified.
7. Memorials of all things left by any for publick use, and for posterity; with the places where, and the persons to whom they are left.
8. Rare goldsmiths works, with all manner of jewels and precious rare stones, where are to be found, seen, or purchased, at equitable rates, or otherwise to be made use of for the satisfaction of curiosity, and observation of art, by the means of this office it may be known,
Hitherto we have, with as much brevity as could be (for, if we would have been large, a volume might have been filled with them) ranked these heads of matters in some order, to shew, how, by the means of an office, wherein all things may be registered, which by any are either offered or desired for their accommodation, the society of mankind, in a well-ordered commonwealth, may be made flourishing, and as happy in the life of nature, as the satisfaction of their lawful desires can make them. For therein, as in one magazine or marketplace, all things necessary, profitable, rare, and commendable, which are extant in several places, and scattered here and there, are brought together; and exposed to the view of every one that shall be willing to see them, that, according to his reach and capacity, they may be made serviceable unto him, and he thereby, in his degree and station, more useful unto the publick a hundred fold, than otherwise he can be, without the help of such an address. For it is very apparent to any that will take it into consideration, that, besides the private satisfaction of any one in his particular desires, which may be had by this means, so far as it is attainable in an orderly way, the publick aims also of those that are over the affairs of state, to reform and direct them towards the good of all, may be infinitely improved, if they know but how to make use of such an engine. He that can look upon the frame of a whole state, and see the constitution of all the parts thereof, and doth know what strength is in every part, or what the weakness thereof is, and whence it doth proceed, and can, as in a perfect model of a celestial globe, observe all the motions of the spheres thereof; or, as in a watch, see how all the wheels turn and work one upon another for such and such ends; he only can fundamentally know what may and ought to be designed, or can be affected in that state for the increase of the glory, and the settlement of the felicity thereof with power according to righteousness.
And it is very credible, that the statesman of our neighbour nation, who raised himself from the condition of an ordinary gentleman, to become the ruler of princes; and who, by the management of the strength of that state wherein he lived, hath broken the whole design of the House of Austria, in the affectation of the monarchy of Europe, and did make himself, and the kingdom which he did rule, the only considerable power of Christendom, whilst he lived in it: we say, it is very credible, that this man was inabled, from so mean beginnings, to bring so great designs to pass, chiefly by the dexterity of his prudence in making use of this engine, which never before was set a work in