“Thomas Henshaw“ – Artist unknown. From Ashmolean Museum.

Thomas Henshaw (1618–1700) was an English lawyer, courtier, diplomat and scientific writer. While not a published alchemist, he was a significant figure in English alchemical work from the 1650s onwards; he is known to have used the pen-name “Halophilus”.

He was a close friend to John Evelyn and the two travelled together during Evelyn’s time in Europe.

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Further reading


  • The Diary, Wikipedia.