Dee, Arthur

, son of the preceding, was born at Mortlake, in Surry, July 1 4th, 1579, and educated at Westminster school under Camden, and at the university of Oxford. He accompanied his father in his travels over France, Germany, and Poland, and was early initiated by him in the same mysteries which he himself had so unfruitfully followed. Returning to England, he settled in Westminster, intending to practise medicine there; but, being rejected | by the college of physicians, to whom he applied for a licence, he went to Russia, and, on the recommendation of king James, was appointed physician to the czar, an office he continued to hold for fourteen years. He now returned to England, when he soon lost the money he had acquired in Russia, in search of the grand elixir, the reality of the existence of which he never doubted. He is said to have died at Norwich in extreme poverty, in September 1651. He suffered the censures of the college of physicians, Goodall says, for hanging out a table at his door, exposing to sale several medicines, by which he professed to cure diseases. While at Paris he published, in 1631, “Fasciculus chymicus, abstrusoe scientix Hermeticae, ingressum, progressum, coronidem, explicans,” 12mo. 1


Ath. Ox. vol. H. Lysous s Environs, vol. I. —Rees’s Cyclopædia.