On Board all day, ill of a Cold. Many Gentlemen came on board to visit me. A Dr. Brooks,
Surgeon to the Poor Richard, drank Tea with me. He seems to be well acquainted with
Philosophical Experiments. I led him to talk upon this subject. He had much to say
about Phlogiston, fixed Air, Gas &c. About absolute and sensible Heat, Experiments
with the Thermometer, to shew the absolute and sensible Heat in Water, Air, Blood
Finding he had Ideas of these Things, I led him to talk of the Ascent of Vapours in
the Atmosphere, and I found he had considered this subject.
He mentioned a natural History of N. and S. Carolina, by Catesby in 4 Volumes folio
with Stamps of all the Plants and Animals. Price 25 Guineas. He mentioned a Dr. Erving
[Irvine] and a Dr. Black of Glasgow, as great Philosophers, whose Hints Priestly had taken.
This Dr. Brooks is a Gentleman of Family, whose father has a great Fortune and good
Character in Virginia. Mr. Dick, Captain of Marines, on Board of Jones, is also of
good family and handsome fortune in Virginia.
Mr. Gimaet came on board to visit me, Aid de Camp of the Marquis de la Fayette.1