The Hartlib Papers

Title:Letter, Thomas Smith To Hartlib
Dating:24 April 1648
Ref:15/6/17A-B
[15/6/17A]

Worthy Sir;
I thankfully received yours with the enclosed booke, not without a gratefull memory of all your favours. Though I supposed when I saw Mr Nicchols of our College bring home this advice of W. P. that he had sufflaminated you, I understand not yet how you can be disabled from doing me real coutesies. The reasons of [it?] <your doubts> when I[altered from we] have the happines to see you I shall desire to know. which shall be, I hope, before Esther. I have not beene absent from the College 2 dayes since my last comming at Michaelmas, had I beene my duty would not have[altered] suffered me to have failed visiting you. In this small time I have performed more <College> exercise, I can say it since jactantia, than our whole new Society since they came hither which is now about 4 yeeres since. For besides the head-lecturers place which I supply both in the morning & afternoone, I read a Greeke Lecture in Homers Odyssees[altered] in the morn, & an Hebrew lect. on the Psalmes after dinner, & my own Rhet. lecture every Saturday, & besides this I have common-placed sometimes twice a weeke & 3 or 4 weekes together: whereas some of them (as Mr Nicchols nominatim) never did any <kind of> exercise since they came within our College walls. Not any of them ever disputed, not to tell you how little they continue (which our statutes bind them strictly too) so little that Mr More jun. lately told them at the table that some of them were seldome here but when it was time to take up rents. For my part I have & shall be content to let them alone, for me they may sleepe securely. I find tis enough to mind my owne busines. But here hath beene long 2 parties in the College, & he who is the chiefe on one side, & was <left margin: competitor for the Mastership> had the fortune 8 yeeres agoe to be my Tutour, & tis conceived by these wise heads that I cannot have any such relation to him, but [be?] I must needes be of his side; But & then in any exercise the opus operatum is scandalous, anothers industry upbraides their idlenes. But I leave them to their pleasures. Concerning Mr Ravius, I heard not before that he hath my bookes & MS. I shall desire them of him when I come to London, in the interim I shall request you to present my humble respects to him. Mr Cudworth & Mr Linford are my very good friends, the former is now at London, the latter is <lately> married to Dr Bambrig's daughter. Sir with many thankes not only for your undeserved presents, but for your earnest & real favours I remaine
           .              Your ever obliged servant
                                Tho. Smith.
Christs College
Apr. 24.
      /48.
This day I wrote a letter to a studious friend of mine at Oxford, & among other requests made this that he would be pleased to give me notice of any thing of note that passeth the presse <there>. Which when I have, or see any here, I shall not faile to transmit it to you. But I doubt our University is like to be very barren. It seemes Mr Daniel <our printer> thought so who hath transferred his presse to London, so that we have no printer or presse here now. I should soone be as able to doe somewhat as Mr Harrison or those in place had I any incouragement. But whereas I cannot live here under 60lb a yeere I have <but> 15lb allowed me for my lecture & not a penny of that given me by the College; Were I more like our drones <perhaps> they would like me better.
[15/6/17B]

To my worthy & ever
 honoured friend
Mr Samuel Hartlib
 at his house in the
  great Court in
        Dukes-place.
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       present these.
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