Aubrey's Brief Lives

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[While William Harvey may have read Warner's manuscript treatise about the circulation of the blood, it is obvious that Warner's views were based on the current knowledge of the period, correct in certain details, but ignorant of the implications of the whole. Professor Rolleston said in the Harveian Oration of 1873: What was left for Harvey to discover was nothing less than the circulation itself. His predecessors had but impinged, and that by guesswork, upon different segments of the circle, and then gone off at a tangent into outer darkness, whilst he worked and proved and demonstrated round its entire periphery. Warner died in 1640.]

THIS Walter Warner was both Mathematician and Philosopher, and 'twas he that putt-out Thomas Hariot's Algebra, though he mentions it not.

Walter had but one hand (borne so): Dr. John Pell thinks a right hand; his mother was frighted, which caused this deformity, so that instead of a left hand, he had only a Stump with five warts upon it, instead of a hand and fingers. He wore a cuffe on it like a pockett. The Doctor never sawe his stump, but Mr. Warner's man told him so.

This account I received from Mr. Isaac Walton: this is his owne hand writing--Mr. Warner did long and constantly lodg nere the Water-stares or market in Woolstable (Woolstable is a place or lane not far from Charing Crosse, and nerer to Northumberland howse). My Lord of Winchester tells me he knew him, and that he saide he first fownd out the cerculation of the blood, and discover'd it to Do' Harvie (who said that 'twas he (himselfe) that found it) for which he is so memorably famose.

Mr. Warner did tell Dr. Pell, that when Dr. Harvey came out with his Circulation of the Blood, he did wonder whence Dr. Harvey had it: but comeing one day to the Earle of Leicester, he found Dr. Harvey in the Hall, talking very familiarly with Mr. Prothero, to whom Mr. Warner had discoursed concerning this Exercitation of his De Circulatione Sanguinis, and made no question but Dr. Harvey had his Hint from Prothero. Dr. Pell sayes that Mr. Warner rationated demonstratively by Beates of the Pulses that there must be a Circulation of the Blood.


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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • The Life and Times of John Aubrey xiii
  • George Abbot 3
  • Thomas Allen 5
  • Lancelot Andrewes 6
  • Francis Bacon: Viscount St. Albans 8
  • Isaac Barrow 17
  • Francis Beaumont And John Fletcher 21
  • Sir John Birkenhead 23
  • Sir Henry Blount 25
  • Edmund Bonner 28
  • Caisho Borough 29
  • James Bovey 31
  • Richard Boyle: Earl Of Cork 34
  • The Honourable Robert Boyle 36
  • Henry Briggs 38
  • Elizabeth Broughton 40
  • Thomas Bushell 42
  • Samuel Butler 45
  • William Butler 48
  • William Camden 51
  • William Cartwright 53
  • Lucius Cary: Viscount Falkland 55
  • Sir Charles Cavendish 58
  • Charles Cavendish 59
  • Thomas Chaloner 61
  • William Chillingworth 63
  • George Clifford: Earl Of Cumberland 65
  • Sir Edward Coke 67
  • John Colet 70
  • Thomas Cooper 71
  • Richard Corbet 72
  • Abraham Cowley 75
  • Sir Charles Danvers 77
  • Sir John Danvers 80
  • Edward Davenant 82
  • Sir William Davenant 85
  • John Dee 89
  • Sir John Denham 91
  • René Descartes 94
  • Sir Everard Digby 96
  • Sir Kenelm Digby 97
  • Venetia Digby 100
  • Desiderius Erasmus 102
  • Thomas Fairfax: Lord Fairfax 104
  • Carlo Fantom 105
  • Sir William Fleetwood 107
  • John Florio 108
  • Francis Fry 109
  • Thomas Goffe 113
  • John Graunt 114
  • Edmund Gunter 116
  • John Hales 117
  • Edmund Halley 120
  • William Harcourt 122
  • Thomas Hariot 123
  • James Harrington 124
  • William Harvey 128
  • Edward Herbert: Lord Herbert of Cherbury 134
  • George Herbert 136
  • Mary Herbert: Countess Of Pembroke 138
  • William Herbert: Earl of Pembroke 141
  • William and Philip Herbert: Earls of Pembroke 144
  • Thomas Hobbes 147
  • William Holder 160
  • Wenceslas Hollar 162
  • Robert Hooke 164
  • John Hoskyns 168
  • Henry Isaacson 172
  • David Jenkins 173
  • Sir Leoline Jenkins 174
  • Ben Jonson 177
  • Richard Knolles 188
  • Sir Henry Lee 189
  • William Lee 191
  • Richard Lovelace 192
  • Henry Martin 193
  • Andrew Marvell 196
  • Thomas May 197
  • Sir Hugh Middleton 198
  • John Milton 199
  • George Monk: Duke Of Albemarle 204
  • Sir Jonas Moore 209
  • Sir Robert Moray 211
  • Sir Thomas More 213
  • Sir Thomas Morgan 215
  • Robert Murray 216
  • Richard Napier 217
  • John Ogilby 219
  • William Oughtred 222
  • John Overall 226
  • John Pell 229
  • William Penn 234
  • Sir William Petty 237
  • Katherine Philips 242
  • Sir John Popham 245
  • Francis Potter 247
  • William Prynne 250
  • Eleanor Radcliffe: Countess of Sussex 252
  • Sir Walter Raleigh 253
  • Mary Rich: Countess Of Warwick 261
  • Charles Robson 263
  • Walter Rumsey 264
  • Thomas Sackville: Earl Of Dorset 265
  • Sir Henry Savile 267
  • Sylvanus Scory 269
  • William Seymour: Duke of Somerset 274
  • William Shakespeare 275
  • Olive Sherington 277
  • Sir Philip Sidney 278
  • Sir Henry Spelman 281
  • Edmund Spenser 282
  • Thomas Street 284
  • Sir John Suckling 287
  • Thomas Sutton 291
  • Silas Taylor 292
  • John Tombes 294
  • Nicholas Towes 296
  • Thomas Triplett 298
  • William Twisse 300
  • Thomas Tyndale 301
  • Henry and Thomas Vaughan 303
  • Edward De Vere: Earl of Oxford 305
  • William De Visscher 307
  • Edmund Waller 308
  • Seth Ward 311
  • Malter Warner 315
  • John Whitson 317
  • John Wilkins 319
  • John Wilmot: - Earl of Rochester 321
  • Thomas Wolsey 322
  • Index 325


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