London’s Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea_Physic_GardenIn 1673, John Milton completed his poem “On His Blindness,” which ends with the famous lines “… They also serve who only stand and wait.” In the theatre, Jean Racine‘s Mithridates and Moliere‘s The Hypochondriac opened in Paris and John Dryden‘s Amboyaya, or The Cruelties of the Dutch to the English Merchants opened at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre in London.

Also in London, the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries founded the two-hectare (five acres) Chelsea Physic Garden. After a financially unstable first 40 years, the garden enjoyed solvency in 1712 when it was purchased by Dr. Hans Sloane. Wealthy and influential, Sloane had studied at the garden during his training as a physician.

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