The Hartlib Papers

Title:Letter, Thomas Smith To Hartlib
Dating:18 October 1647
Ref:15/6/1A-2B: 1B-2A BLANK

Most worthy friend;
I received your letter on Saturday with as much thankfulnes as you therein expresse true affection & ingenuity, which makes me a little more lament the unhappines of the late long sicknes it pleased God to lay upon me, in that it hindered the hoped for increase of your most happy acquaintance, which I long agoe intended with eagernes to pursue, & to my no small comfort see now to goe forwards. I thanke you therefore for the booke you sent me, but chiefely for your loving letter, that among the croud of urging occasions which presse you you are[altered] pleased to find some time to remember me & bestow so many lines upon me. As soone as I received your letter I showed Mr Bolton as much as concerned him, <viz.> your respects to him & the edition of the Metaphysick, he desired me to present his best respects to you againe & wished you had sente him the booke. This weeke I intend to send to the Latin warehouse in Pauls Church-yard for one of them if it be to be had. I hoped for a letter from him to you, that you might have had the better occasion to have written to him againe, which I could wish though I have no reason to desire <you would be pleased> having deserved no such thing at your hands. The [letter deleted] cause is, Mr Bolton at this present is able to doe me a very great curtesy, which whether it will f ever fall under his power or any mans here againe <if this faile> is very uncertaine. The case stands thus, 'Tis now almost 8 yeeres agoe since I was ad admitted into Christ's College, the 4 first yeeres I had an exhibition of 10lb a yeere from the Mercers <as> being elected from Pauls-schole; the wars increasing charity decreased, & my exhibition was taken away; so that being no longer able to subsist here I betooke my selfe to the my <great> griefe (because of the great hinderance of my studies) to the free schole of Horsham; where I continued till this last Michaelmas. In the meane while often solliciting the Mercers for the restoring my exhibition that I might returne to my former studies my chiefe delight & to Cambridge my only paradise upon earth; to that purpose I had the Testimoniall of our old Master & <all the> Fellowes, & some others chiefe in the University that for my life & conversation, & that I had <profited> as well in my studies especially the Oriental languages as any they knew in Cambridge. All did no good the Mercers said they paied so much taxes that they could give no exhibitions, but they helped me to Horsham schole. I was often importuned by my friends at the College to returne thence to them, but I wanted meanes to answer their desires and mine owne. About a moneth agoe it pleased them to obtaine for me the Rhetorique Lectorship [word deleted] (without my seeking after it) of the [Bishop? hole in MS] of Corke [in? hole in MS] Ireland. The Bishop by the character he had & report he heard of me favoured me so much as to write to the College desiring them to bestow the Rhet. Lectorship upon me & withall if they should see fit (for bestow my encouragement in the place) to give me power to best take 6 pupils. A motion, than which I know none more seasonable, for it will be a very great helpe to my subsistance, which the Rhet. Lectorship of 15lb will [letter deleted] not halfe effect. But I was willing to leave a very good competency in a schole to get a little footing in the University, hoping in time to make a step further. I doubt this propounded by a Bishop to Mr Bolton & our new Fellowes would doe no good, but if I could obtaine a letter from you to Mr Bolton desiring <him> to doe me any lawfull curtesy that lyeth in his power (not taking notice of the Bishops letter, or expressing 6 pupills, lest he thinke I desired <requested> you) [but?] then the Bishops letter shall come <coming> on the back of yours perhaps we may succeed, & <so> then I shall owe my continuance at Cambridge & my future happines to you. Which the sooner it be done will be the better, for if I have one repulse a second onset will be to little purpose. The Bishops letter came on Saturday & I have desired my Tutour not to say any more of it till I have time to heare from you. If you would pleased to send him <Mr Bolton> with a letter the new Metaphysicks as a gift, I will pay you for <most gladly> give you mony for it & a thousand thankes. This is only my humble request if your hasty busineses will give leave. The best carrier to send by is he that brings you this letter, Henry [Glenton?], he lyes at the Angel in Bishops-gate streete & goes thence every Wednesday at 3 or 4 a clock. By whom or by any other if you will be pleased to let me or Mr Bolton <or me> heare from you, I shall catalogue it among my former obligations, & subscribe my selfe
                     Your most thankfull
                     & ever engaged servant
                        Thomas Smith.
Christ College
Octob. 18.

To my ever honoured & most
worthy friend Mr Samuel
Hartlib at his house in the
great open court in
nigh Algate.
              present these.
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Tho. Smyth of Christs Coll.