The Hartlib Papers

Title:Letter, Richard Rawlinson To Hartlib
Dating:1 September 1657
Ref:10/9/3A-4B: 4A BLANK

Worthy Sir
I received your letter of 15. Iul: but by reason of some publicke exercise I was then performing in the Vniversity &also of Colledge busines that for 3. or 4 weekes kept me very much employed &for a fortnight after of Colledge affaires which called me into the Country I could not sooner tell you I had received your friendly &affectionate letter, I [word deleted] <was> sorry to be acquainted with any <the> disposition which did then trouble you but I hope is now over, but for the rest I was glad to receive it from you, especially the Opinion your friend gaue of the Trigonometry for[altered from which?] which I account my selfe obliged to him, &that I might more particularly acknowledge it to himselfe I should much desire his name, for I perceive him to be an intelligent person &that he <very> well understands the thing. as for this ´Z - E = ´X which he would haue put in I left it out on purpose, for when I well considered the scheme <to me &to> [word deleted] any that did so [&?] it seemed sufficiently supplyed by it &[word deleted] the method of demonstration there used. That I omitted ´Z - E = ´X on purpose you may perceive by this litle paper which I had formerly engraven wherein it is expressed thus Quia Z/2 - E = X/2 but I liked not that first way &therefor cut it as you haue it. For the last figure but one[altered] to which the learned Gentleman would haue premised, that in the Analemma Meridians are to be projected into Ovals, I confesse it is to be understood, [catchword: but]

but I suppose it so knowne to those I intended this method for (especially without the adnotations I haue for it) that I judged it needles, but as your worthy friend sayes it must be premised in that demonstration, yet I haue seen a good Author who in a very like case made noe mention of the same thing. I cannot in this hast say all I would to your own letter nor to that of your friend but very shortly you shall heare more from me, in the interim I pray present my very kinde respects to the Gentleman whom I cannot but very much esteem for his friendly freedom &for his worth, at which I make some guesse by what you communicated, &he knowes I may so from the symmetry of Hercules &his toe. If the Gentleman be not farre from you I pray desire him to looke it over againe &tell you &me what else he conceiues may be amended for I did it in some hast &I should be very thankfull for his so doing. This Bearer Mr Mursten (who will I hope present the respects this hast will not suffer me to doe to your selfe) comes along with a very honourable Gentleman his neighbour Polonian, whom I very much esteem for his worth &laudable carriage in his residence here which if his affaires would haue suffered I could haue wished might haue been longer [left margin:] For ought I perceiue he is not acquainted with your selfe but much desires to be so &I know he will be acceptable to you &I am assured your selfe &[word deleted] goodnes to him. At your leisure I shall be glad to heare from you &to be acquainted with what new attempts in learning especially mathematiques comes to your hand.
                           Your very humble servant
                               Richard Rawlinson.
Queens College Oxon Sep. i. 1657.

To my very worthy &much
honoured friend Mr Samuel
Hartlib at his house neare
Charing Crosse
              this present.
[left of address, another hand:] Rawlinson     R