Martin Lister, dated at Petworth, to Henry Oldenburg

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                                wounded in November last & not to have shewed any signes of moisture 
<s>at those old wounds <\s> for yt very cause, yt they were not fresh struck 
at bleeding times.
Concerning ye bleeding of poles & entire branches held perpendicular, Mr 
Willoughby is in right & some expts in my last to you of 
17th of March confirme it. Yet is it very true what I observe 
though ye cause I did not than well take notice of, when I first 
made ye expt & sent you an account of it. For I held ye twiggs,
wch I had cut off a-slop, joining & holding up ye cutts to gather in my left hand that I might ye 
better observe wch part or cut would bleed or not bleed or bleed ye 
faster; & because I found yt ye cut of ye separated Twigg 
did not in yt posture (holding it upwards, as I said, for ye ad- 
vantage of my eye) did not bleed at all, when as ye cut of ye branch 
remaining to ye Tree did freely bleed; I thrfore inverted ye separated Twigg & held 
it perpendicular wth ye cut end downward & found yt ye little 
they were exposed to ye aire in an upright posture had soe very much 
checked ye motion of ye sap, yt I concluded they would not bleed 
at all, & yet striking of their topps & making poles of ym, I 
found some of ym, if not all I chanced to try, as I remember 
would shew moisture; but I am convinced since, yt it was 
rather some unheeded accident, as violently bending ym or phapps 
ye warmth of my hand & person or place, wch caused this new 
motion of sap, than mierly ye striking off the topps.
I have sent you enclosed a <u>Pustillus<\u> of some fine grains of <u>English black <\u>, as 
I call it, wch was all what ye season would yet well afford me: ye Expt I 
made long since upon an other occasion & purpos but upon ye question of ye usefullnesse 
of it as to its dye, in this late repeating of it I found, yt ye plant does not 
afford a mealy substance such as Indigo is & ye <u>ferulas <\u> of Bryonie 
burne wth a very quiet & lasting flame. The Expt is accompanied wth 
circumstances of good light in order to ye further discovery of ye natures 
of vegetable juices, wch is ye only reason, yt I am back ward to name ye 
plant to you at present, but soe farr as ye businesse of colours may 
be improved by it I shall willingly impart & shew upon ye first opportunity 
to ye R.S. I doubt not but by ye few graines I send you, there may be 
persons of yor acquaintance, yt may tell me more of it, yn I understand 
at least undeceive me if I be in an erour. Whilst liquid it is a most 
exquisite black & staines accordingly any thing it touches; & neither Time 
nor a strong Lye of pot-ashes does in ye least, yt I can discerne, alter it.
                            
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Author
Martin Lister
Reference
EL/L6/29
Series
EL
Date
1722
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Martin Lister, dated at Petworth, to Henry Oldenburg, 1722. From The Royal Society, EL/L6/29

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