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ten-thousand pounds expended by me, and through my zeal to the common good; my zeal, I say, a field large enough for you, my Lords and gentlemen, to work upon.
The treasures buried under these heads, both for war, peace,and pleasure, being inexhaustible; I beseech you, pardon me if I say so; it seems a vanity, but comprehends a truth; since no good spring but becomes the more plentiful, by how much more it is drawn; and the spinner, to weave his web, is never stinted, but further inforced.
The more then that you shall be pleased to make use of my inventions, the more inventive shall you ever find me, one invention begetting still another, and more and more improving my ability to serve my King and you; and as to my heartiness therein there needs no addition, nor to my readiness a spur. And therefore, my lords and gentlemen, be pleased to begin, and desist not from commanding me till I flag in my obedience and endeavours to serve my King and country.
For certainly you'll find me breathless first t'expire,
Yet abstracting from any interest of my own, but as a fellow-subject and compatriot, will I ever labour in the vineyard, most heartily and readily obeying the least summons from you, by putting faithfully in execution, what your judgmentsshall think fit to pitch upon, among this century of experiences, perhaps, dearly purchased by me, but not frankly and gratis offered to you. Since my heart, methinks, cannot be satisfied in serving my King and country, if it should cost them any thing; as I confess when I had the honour to be near so obliging a master as his late Majesty of happy memory, who never refused me his ear to any reasonable motion. And as for unreasonable ones, or such as were not fitting for him to grant, I would rather to have died a thousand deaths, than ever have made any one unto him.
Yet whatever I was so happy as to obtain for any deserving person, my pains, breath, and interest employed therein satisfied me not, unless I likewise satisfied the fees; but that was in my golden age.
And even now, though my ability and means are shortened, the world knows why my heart remains still the same, and be you pleased, my lords and gentlemen, to rest most assured, that the very complacency, that I shall take in the executing your commands, shall be unto me a sufficient and an abundantly satisfactory reward.
Vouchsafe, therefore, to dispose freely of me, and whatever lieth in my power to perform; First, in order to his Majesty's service; Secondly, for the good and advantage of the kingdom; Thirdly, to all your satisfactions for particular profit and pleasure to your individual selves, professing, that in all, and each of the three respects, I will ever demean myself as it best becomes,
My Lords and Gentlemen, Your most passionately bent fellow subject in his Majesty's service, compatriot for the publick good and advantage, and a most humble servant to all and every of you,
ATable referring to the figures of this treatise.
SEALS abundantly significant > 1
Private and particular to each owner ... •2
An one-lins cypher• 3
Reduced to a point 4
Varied significantly to all the twenty-four letters 5
A mute and perfect discourse by colours 6
To hold the same by night 7
To level cannons by night • 8
A ship-destroying engine • Q
How to be fastened from a-loof and under water 10
How to prevent both 11
An unsinkable ship i 12
False destroying decks i3
Multiplied strength in little room - . 14
A boat driving against wind and tide .... 15
A sea-sailing fort ] 6
A pleasant floating garden 17
An hour-glass fountain • J 8
A coach-saving engine • 19
A balance water work • 20
A bucket-fountain 21
An ebbing and flowing river 22
An ebbing and flowing castle-clock • 23
A strength-increasing spring 24
A double drawing engine for weights • i 25
A to and fro lever 26
A most easy level draught 27
A portable bridge 28
A moveable fortification • 29
A rising bulwark 30
An approaching blind •• » 31
An universal character •••••* • 32
A needle-alphabet 33
A knotted string-alphabet - 34
A fringe-alphabet 35
A bracelet-alphabet 36
A pinked glove-alphabet 37
A sieve-alphabet • * 38
A lanthorn-alphabel 39
C Smell 4Q
An alphabet by the ^ Taste 41
(Touch ... 42
A variation of all and each of these 43
A key-pistol - 44
A most conceited tinder-box • 45
An artificial bird 46
An hour water-ball '47
A scrued ascent of stairs 48 A tobacco-tongs engine • • • •. 4iJ
A pocket-ladder 50
A rule of gradation 51
A mystical jangling of bells 52
An hollowing of a water-scrue • • • 53
A transparent water-scrue •• 54
A double water-scrue • 55
An advantageous change of centers 56
A constant water-flowing and ebbing motion 57
An often discharging pistol 58
An especial way for carbines • 59
A flask-charger >. '• 60
A way for musquets 61
A way fora harquebus, a crock • 62
For sakers and minions ...... 63
For the biggest cannon • 64
For a whole side of ship-musquets • • 65
For guarding several avenues to a town • 66
For musquettoons on horse-back • 67
A fire water-work 6s
A triangle key • 69
A rose key • 70
A square key with a turning scrue • • • • • • • 71
An escutcheon for all locks 72
A transmittible gallery . • * • • '• 75
A conceited door 74
A discourse woven in tape or ribbon 75
To write in the dark 76
A flying man • 77
A continually-going watch 78
A total locking of cabinet-boxes 79
Light pistol barrels -• 80
A comb-conveyance for letters 81
A knife, spoon, or fork conveyance • • • • - >i82
A rasping-mill. • • •' i 83
An arithmetical instrument 84
An untoothsome pear 85
An imprisoning chair • • • • • 86
A candle-mould 87
A brazen head • 88
Primero gloves 89
A dicing box • 90
An artificial ring-horse 91
A gravel engine 92
A ship-raising engine • • • 93
A pocket engine to open any door 94
A double cross-bow .•••• 95
A way for sea-banks • • • 96
A perspective instrument • r 97
A semi-omnipotent engine ................ 98 A most admirable way to raise weights 99
A stupendious water-work 100
A century of the names and scantlings of inventions by me already practised.
1. SEVERAL sorts of seals, some shewing by scrues, others by gages, fastening or unfastening all the marks at once; others by additional points and imaginary places, proportionable to ordinary escutcheons and seals at arms, each way palpably and punctually setting down, yet private from all others, but the owner, and by his assent, the day of the month, the day of the week, the month of the year, the year of our Lord, the names of the witnesses, and the individual place where any thing was sealed, though in ten-thousand several places, together with the very number of lines contained in a contract, whereby falsification may be discovered, and manifestly proved, being upon good grounds suspected.
Upon any of these seals a man may keep accounts of receipts and disbursements from one farthing to an hundred millions, punctually shewing each pound, shilling, penny, or farthing.
By these seals likewise any letter, though written but in English, may be read and understood in eight several languages, and in English itself to a clean contrary and different sense, unknown to any but the correspondent, and not to be read or understood by him neither, if opened before it arrive unto him; so that neither threats, nor hopes of reward, can make him reveal the secret, the letter having been intercepted, and first opened by the enemy.
2. How ten-thousand persons may use these seals to all and every of the purposes aforesaid, and yet keep their secrets from any but whom they please.
3. A cypher and character so contrived, that one line, without returns and circumflexes, stands for each and every of the twenty-four letters; and as ready to be made for the one letter as the other.
4. This invention refined, and so abbreviated, that a point only sheweth distinctly and significantly any of the twenty-four letters; and these very points to be made with two pens, so that no time will be lost, but as one finger riseth the other may make the following letter, never clogging the memory with several figures for words, and combination of letters; which with ease, and void of confusion, are thus speedily and punctually, letter for letter, set down by naked, and not multiplied points. And nothing can be less than a point, the mathematical definition of it being cujus pars nulla. And of a motion no swifter imaginable than semiquavers or releshes, yet applicable to this manner of writing.
5. A way by a circular motion, either along a rule or ring-wise, to vary any alphabet, even this of points, so that the self-same point individually placed, without the least additional mark or variation of place, shall stand for all the twenty-four letters, and not for the same letter twice in ten sheets writing; yet as easily and certainly read and known, as ifit stood but for one and the self-same letter constantly signified.
6. How at a window, as far as eye can discover black from white, a man may hold discourse with his correspondent, without noise made or notice taken; being, according to occasion given or means afforded, ex re natd, and no need of provision before-hand; though much better if foreseen, and means prepared for it, and a premeditated course taken by mutual consent of parties.
7. A way todo it by night as well as by day, though as dark as pitch is black.
8. A way how to level, and shoot cannon by night as well as by day, and as directly; without a platform or measures taken by day, yet by a plain and infallible rule.
Q. An engine, portable in one's pocket, which may be carried and fastened on the inside of the greatest ship, tanquam ahud agens, and at any appointed minute, though a week after, either of day or night, it shall irrecoverably sink that ship.
10. A way from a mile off, to dive and fasten a like engine to any ship, so as it may punctually work the same effect either for time or execution.
11. How to prevent and safeguard any ship from such an attempt by day or night.
12. A way to make a ship not possible to be sunk, though shot an hundred times betwixt wind and water by cannon, and should lose a whole plank, yet in half an hour's time should be made as fit to sail as before.
13. How to make such false decks, as in a moment should kill and take prisoners as manyas should board the ship, without blowing the decks up, or destroying them from being reducible, and in a quarter of an hour's time, should recover their former shape, and to be made fit for any employment without discovering the secret.
14. How to bring a force to weigh up an anchor, or to do any forcible exploit in the narrowest or lowest room in any ship, where few hands shall do the work of many; and many hands applicable to the same force, some standing, others sitting, and by virtue of their several helps, a great force augmented in little room, as effectual as if there were sufficient space to go about with an axle tree, and work far from the' center.
15. A way how to make a boat work itself against wind and tide, yea both without the help of man or beast; yet so that the wind or tide, though directly opposite,shall force the ship or boat against itself; and in no point of the compass, but itshall be as effectual, as if the wind were in the poop, or the stream actually with the course it is to steer, according to which the oars shall row, and necessary motions work and move towards the desired port or point of the compass.
16. How to make a sea-castle or fortification cannon-proof, and capable of a thousand men, yet sailable at pleasure to defend a passage, or in an hour's time to divide itself into three ships as fit and trimmed to sail as before. And even whilst it is a fort or castle, they shall be