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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1
page 110



"Monuments, fuch as the Horloge Anibureufe 'Froiffart, would form an effential part of fuch plan ; for it not only contains a moft circumftanti comparifon of each part of a clock, and its mov ment, with the (late of a heart in love, and its v; rious agitations ; but among other particulars ( this coraparifon, it informs us of the ancient flat of clock-making. We fee, in the firft place, tha with regard to the movement, and the ftriking part each had but two wheels inftead of four, which thej have at prefent. Thefe two wheels were fufficient3 but the clocks went only fix or eight hours, and they were wound up three or four times a-day. Secondly, That the clock marked twenty-four Jiours, beginning with one to twelve, and then repeating the fame a fécond time. Thirdly, That the dial went round, and the hour was marked by a fixed point, which ferved for a hand. Fourthly, That inftead of a pendulum, tr balance wheel, which were not then invented, the clocks had a piece called foliot, which bore two fmall weights called régules, whofe ufe was to retard or advance the clock, as they were brought more or lefs near to the centre of the foliot. Befide the differences in the conftruftion of clocks, we remark in this poem feveral terms of clock* making, which were then ufed, and are now nò longer current. The flower called daify, which inceffantly turns to the fun, is celebrated in a poem under the title of


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