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Beale suggests material that could be included in his 'Proplasma' ('pattern') eg. entertainment with new musical instruments, transmutation of flowers to improve their smell, gardens for pleasure, wonderful plants. Beale discusses a definition of a garden with particular emphasis on describing trees
Mentions Mr Hartlib

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30 September 1659
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John Beale

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John Beale, Letter, from John Beale to Henry Oldenburg, 30 September 1659, EL/B1/14, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 20 July 2024

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