By Mary Anne Atwood
Mary Anne wrote A Suggestive Inquiry into the airtight secret. . . at her father’s request, and in parallel along with his personal composition of a long poem at the related topic. Thomas South (her father) paid for the booklet to be released anonymously in 1850, yet with no need learn it, trusting his daughter’s judgement. studying it after ebook, he believed Mary Anne had printed many airtight secrets and techniques that have been higher left unpublished, and hence received up the rest inventory and, together with his daughter, burnt them, in addition to the incomplete manuscript of his poem. just a couple of copies of the booklet survived. Ms Atwood released not anything after A Suggestive Inquiry. . . .
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We shall have frequent occasion to quote their evidence hereafter; Heliodorus, Olympiodorus, Synesius, Athenagoras, Zosimus, and Archelaus, have each left treatises which are extant on the philosophers’ stone (34) The excellent Hypatia, also, should be mentioned amongst these, so celebrated for her acquirements and untimely end; it was from this lady that Synesius learned the occult truths of that philosophy, to which he ever afterwards devoted his mind, and which he never abandoned, pursuing it still more zealously when, converted to Christianity, he became a bishop of the Alexandrian Church.
The religious man shall be counted insane; the irreligious shall be thought wise; the furious, brave; and the worst of men shall be considered good. For the soul, and all things about it, by which it is either naturally immortal, or conceives it shall attain to immortality, conformable to what I have explained to you, shall not only be the subjects of laughter, but shall be considered as vanity. Believe me, likewise, that a capital punishment shall be appointed for him who applies himself to the Religion of Intellect.
But it will be necessary to regard this extraordinary epoch of Occult Science more in detail, with the testimony of its heroes, whose reputation, together with that of alchemy, has suffered from the faithlessness of biographers, compilers, commentators, and such like interference. Most of the alchemical works of Albert, for instance, have been excluded from the great editions of his works, and the authenticity of all has been disputed, but without lasting effect; for in that long and laborious treatise, De Mineralibus, unquestionably his own, even if the rest were proved spurious, there is sufficient evidence of his belief and practice to admit all.
A suggestive inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery: with a dissertation on the more celebrated of the alchemical philosophers by Mary Anne Atwood