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The Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg, Vol. 8 1671-1672 by Henry Oldenburg, Rupert A. Hall, Marie B. Hall

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1 His name was Gramann and he was probably the son of Hartman Gramann, a German physician who, after going to Persia with German merchants, settled in Moscow. The younger Gramann delivered this letter on 17 June; on 23 June Oldenburg drew up a series of queries for him to answer upon his return to Moscow. (The draft is in Royal Society Classified Papers, XIX , no. ) 2 Possibly the “ juice” was amber, but there has been no previous allusion. The whole of this passage is rather strange. 3 See Vol.

Where the soil hath not been tryed, and found kindest for Apples, Ms the surest way to plant Pears alternatively, and where the liquor o f Pears is weak, or iess lasting, this may be helped by a gentle mixture o f Crabs, or o f the harshest Apples to humour all palats, and for a help to the Stomach, the mixture being made in the time o f grinding the fruit together : and thus, when the better soil is too shallow for Apples, but receives Pears kindly at a greater depth, a hedge-row o f Crabs, or wild austere apples, raised on the mounds and ripening in the same season, will, by well ordering it, afford such a perfect remedy, that judicious palats may be deceived, and take it for the best B eale to Oldenburg 13 M a y i 6j i 5_5 Cider.

6 This name does not appear in Evelyn’s Pomona (London, 1664) nor in Parkinson’s books. 7 Hard pears were sometimes rolled or bruised to make them seem mellower. 8 These names again do not seem to have been commonly used. 9 Probably Sir William Strode of Devonshire (see Vol. Ill, p. 309, and p. 311, note 5), the patron of Samuel Colepresse. 10 Peter Villumsen Laurenberg (1585-1639), author of the Horticultura, libris I I com­ prehensa (Frankfurt, [1631], 1654) from which Beale proceeds to quote.

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