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WORKS of the LEARNED,
Year One Thoufand Seven Hundred
IMPARTIAL ACCOUNTS and ACCURATE
ABSTRACTS of the most valuable
DISSERTATIONS on several curious and enter.
taining Subjects, Critical Reflections, and
Lion in Ludgate-Street. MDCCXLI.
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WORKS of the LEARNED.
For JANUARY, 1741.
ARTICLE İ. Remarks upon the Antiquity of the Sea Compass, and
some other Inventions useful and necesary in human Life. By Doctor LAMOTTE. Multa renafcentur quæ jam cecidere. Horat. SIR,
T was the Observation of a late learned
Man and judicious Critick and Antiquary, * that the World is obliged for many ingenious Inventions, that are of
great Use and Conveniency in human Life, to modern and ignorant Ages : Amongst which he reckons the Invention of Glass, the Art of making Paper with Rags, the Use of Spectacles for weak and decay'd Eyes, the Inventions of Stirrups for riding, of Water-Mills for the grinding of Corn, and lastly the Pyxis Nautica, or Sea Compass, to direct and affist Travellers in their Voyages at Sea. But these three last I conceive may admit