—i.e. D for a detective. Look sharp! the dees are
(Dr. John). A man of vast knowledge, whose library,
museum, and mathematical instruments were valued at pound £2,000. On
one occasion the populace broke into his house and destroyed the
greater part of his valuable collection, under the notion that Dee held
intercourse with the devil. He ultimately died a pauper, at the
advanced age of eighty-one, and was buried at Mortlake. He professed
to be able to raise the dead, and had a magic mirror, afterwards in
Horace Walpole's collection at Strawberry Hill (1527-1608).
or mirror, in which persons were told they could see their
friends in distant lands and how they were occupied. It is a piece of
solid pink-tinted glass about the size of an orange. It is now in the
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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