Ch. 2: Diamonds

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those who wrought it, I take the liberty to say, may be rendered complete; by which means its form will be more comely and graceful, its lustre greatly increased, and of course its value, although its weight may be something reduced ; and then it may be said to possess all the dignity that nature has favoured it with, and likewise that art has done it justice.
The first fact I can make appear, by two leads cast from the stone; one when it was a rough diamond, the other when cut and polished ; and the second, how it came to be wrought as it was, I can prove by incon­testable evidence, &c.
That this is the case of this and many other large diamonds, is not to be wondered at; but rather how those, who had the di­rection of manufacturing such stones, were influenced to submit to the loss of so much weight, having nothing but conjecture to direct their conduct; and their having left an over-weight, must be owned to be an er­ror of the right side, as that may be dis­charged, whenever it is thought proper; and it can scarcely be imagined, that any
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