Boyle, Robert, New experiments physico-mechanicall, touching the spring of the air and its effects, 1660

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12[Figure 2]
To the Reader.
ALthough the following Trea­
tiſe being far more prolix
then becomes a Letter, and
then I at firſt intended it; I
am very unwilling to en­
creaſe the already exceſsive bulk of the
Book by a Preface, yet there are ſome par­
ticulars that I think my ſelf oblig'd to take
notice of to the Reader, as things, that will
either concern him to know, or me to have
known.
In the firſt place then: If it be demand­
ed why I publiſh to the World a Letter, which
by its Stile and diverſe Paſſages, appears
to have been written as well For, as To a
particular Perſon; I have chiefly theſe two
things to anſwer: The one, That the Ex­
periments therein related, having been ma­
ny of them try'd in the preſence of Ingeni­
ous Men; and by that means having made

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