& the book com̄only laying before him & wch he read often at last was a duodecimo bible, he writt the smallest but {illeg} a very distinct & legible hand & to the I found his eyes bloodshod one morning & he complained something swam before his eyes & when I asked him what he thought had occasioned that disorder he said he believed that he had overstrained the optick nerves for for a \the/ morning or two last past he had waked before the sun was quite up & had endeavoured to see what a clock it was then \on his {wat{ch}}/ by a very little light that came thro the curtain & shutter \upon wch he left that off & found out the hour by feeling the hand & his eyes soon recov{ered}/ at one time he had thought so intensely on the sun & looked so much on the body of it to make his observations that for some time it appeared constantly before his eyes – He wrote small \but very/ distinct & legible hand & to the last his hand was very steady —

|Had voided two stones broken – together as big as a pea – 3 years ago|

Sect Came to town perfectly well told me the 1st of March — the sunday before he had slept from 11. to 8 – his great fatigue in town \& complaisance/ brought his mar he brought his distemper upon him – he was ill on the friday follg \being 3d/ – continued so – I not hear{ing} till Saturday the 11. sent Mead & Cheselden – stone in bladder he seemed easier on Wedday – 15 & wee had some hopes – but he grew worse & sense failed him weaker & weaker \on Friday a violent looseness/ – his senses perfectly to on Saturday 18 – a long discourse with Dr Mead – that evening seemed to be insensible & conti grew weak{er} & all Sunday was quite insensible & seemed to be quiet & free fom pain – on Monday the 20th at 1 – in the morning he died without any gre appearance of pain —–

made no necessities

patient thought

Philosophy less mischeivous

day Oliver died measure force of wind by jumping /with & against it\

use legs have legs —–


handiness —– E. Pembroke's {song} have legs & use legs – day Oliver died – tried —

Morality of Socrates – knowledge of Pythagoras Story of Socrates standing in the market place 24 – hours {distrait}

His furnace at Cambridge preserved religiously & shewn to strangers —

Story of Caton the joiner at Cambridge who made a tub {sic} square hollow piece of wood nine foot deep filled with water, glasses at distance let fall balls of wax – Sr Isaac at bottom looking glass broke – wonder being very thick – Caton you do not know the force of water —

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