III The Human Sensorium in Wider Context
In 1663, two years after Newton was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, Briggs was admitted to Corpus Christi, graduating B.A. (1667) and M.A. (1670, incorporated at Oxford). In 1668 he became a fellow of his college, the same year that Newton became a major fellow at Trinity. The patronage of Ralph Montagu, who on 1 January 1669 was appointed ambassador-extraordinary to France, enabled Briggs to travel there for further study, which included attending, in Montpellier, the anatomical lectures of Raymond Vieussens. According to Briggs, these lectures extended his learning beyond ‘the elegant structure of the parts of the eye and its labyrinthine convolutions’ to the whole of the ‘animal economy’, including ‘the overall threads [i.e., fibres] of the human body’.