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It rejoices greatly that its design should be approved in your part o f the world too, by so eminent a person as yourself particularly, and that so strong an intention to advance philos­ ophy by faithful observations and experiments should be manifest. Accordingly it will be very glad to develop our continuing philosophical correspondence with you and by this means to seek from you an account of what happens in your part of the world, while communicating to you what is done in ours. We eagerly await those observations you have made refuting the stories about tarantulas that are given world-wide credence, and the investigations you have carried out in the countryside at Pozzuoli, on the shore at Cumae and Baiae, on Mount Vesuvius and elsewhere.

Was ill when Mr. Vernon departed from here,1 so I could not utilize that op­ portunity to write to you as I should have wished. I do so now to evince how much I am obliged to Mr. 31 do not think that this merits finding a place in your learned Transactions; but if you judge that it can be of any use, I hand it over to you, provided that nobody can find anything I 6o P a r dies to Oldenburg i i M ay 16 7 2 displeasing to him in it. And if there are any words which might offend Mr. Newton even a little please remove and change them.

C. Je dise que l’on aura 7 lignes con­ tinuellement proportionelles en raison harmonique. que si on met cette ligne que j’ay décrite au livre 8e de ma geometrie5 on aura aussi le mesme moyen de trouver tout autant de moyennes que l’on voudra en raison géométrique entre deux données. Car après avoir appli­ qué les extremes données a A ,g G , à la figure entre la droite et la courbe, on [Fig- 3] P a r dies to Oldenburg i i M a y 16 7 2 M a y 16 7 2 59 n’a qu’a diviser l’interceptée ag en b. parties égalés, et les parallèles tirées par ces divisions seront les moyennes requises.

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