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!68                                DIARY OF                          LONDON

which tasted just as if baked in a pie, all these being
stewed in their own juice, without any addition of water
save what swam about the digestor, as in balnea; the
natural juice of all these provisions acting on the grosser
substances, reduced the hardest bones to tenderness; but
it is best descanted with more particulars for extracting
tinctures, preserving and stewing fruit, and saving fuel,
in Dr. Papin's book, published and dedicated to our
Society of which he is a member. He is since gone to
Venice with the late Resident here (and also a member
of our Society), who carried this excellent mechanic,
philosopher, and physician, to set up a philosophical
meeting in that city. This philosophical supper caused
much mirth among us, and exceedingly pleased all the
company. I sent a glass of the jelly to my wife, to the
reproach of all that the ladies ever made of their best
hartshorn.*

The season was unusually wet, with rain and thunder.

25th May, 1682. I was desired by Sir Stephen Fox
and Sir Christopher Wren to accompany them to Lam-
beth, with the plot and design of the college to be built
at Chelsea, to have the Archbishop's approbation. It was
a quadrangle of 200 feet square, after the dimensions of
the larger quadrangle at Christ church, Oxford, for the
accommodation of 440 persons, with governor and officers.
This was agreed on.

The Duke and Duchess of York were just now come
to London, after his escape and shipwreck, as he went by
sea for Scotland.

28th May, 1682. At the Rolls' chapel preached the
famous Dr. Burnet on 2 Peter, i. to, describing excellently
well what was meant by election; viz, not the effect of
any irreversible decree, but so called because they em-
braced the Gospel readily, by which they became elect,
or precious to God. It would be very needless to make
our calling and election sure, were they irreversible and
what the rigid Presbyterians pretend. In the afternoon,
to St. Lawrence's church, a new and cheerful pile.

* Denys Papin, a French physician and mathematician, who possessed
so remarkable a knowledge of mathematics, that he very nearly brought
the invention of the steam engine into working order. He assisted Mr.
Boyle in his pneumatic experiments, and was afterward mathematical
prof essor at Marburg. He died in 1710. to bathing my legs in milk up to the knees, mademmodiouslyh expectation