The Notebooks of Simone Weil - Volume II by Simone Weil, Arthur Wills

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22. McClain, Beaufort, pp. 118–20. 23. According to Chambers, she started collecting in the 1690s: Chambers, ‘Storys’, p. 49. She began growing herbs and plants in her garden to make homeopathic medicines, her recipes for which have also survived: McClain, Beaufort, p. 118. 24. This work was published in three versions: J. Glanvill (1670) The Way of Happiness Represented in its Difficulties and Incouragements, and Cleared from Many Popular and Dangerous Mistakes (London: James Collins/London: Gedeon Schaw).

On Mary’s reclusive tendencies, see McClain, Beaufort, p. 118. S. Brown and J. Petiver (1701) ‘An Account of Part of a Collection of Curious Plants and Drugs, Lately Given to the Royal Society by the East India Company’, Philosophical Transactions, 22, 579–94: 579; M. Somerset, list of seeds received from Mrs. 130–1; M. 273; M. Somerset to H. 23. J. Bobart to M. 37. Some of the results of these activities are listed in M. 120–1. The findings of this experiment are then reported in Brown and Petiver, ‘An Account’, p.

The exact dates of Sherard’s employment are not given, but he is clearly in Mary Somerset’s employ on 21 September 1700 when he writes to a colleague on her behalf: W. 44. See Julie Davies 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 37 also J. Dandy (1958) The Sloane Herbarium (London: Trustees of the British Museum), p. 210. McClain, Beaufort, p. 211; Series of letters from M. Somerset to H. 3, 5, 7, and 9. M. Somerset to H. 1. W. 44. The correspondent was likely James Petiver, FRS, a London apothecary.

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