The Hartlib Papers

Title:Letter, Thomas Smith To [Hartlib?]
Dating:29 January 1649
Ref:15/6/24A-B
[15/6/24A]

Worthy Sir;
Part of my just & sad complaints I have formerly acquainted you with: the number encreaseth daily. What disorders there be in Christ College I quæstion not but you have heard already having been publickly spoken of in the House of of Parliament. Besides all those affronts & injuries which have been mentioned in former letters, Mr Harrison (whom Mr Bolton waving the statute appointed Præsident turning out an honest man with disgrace) hath loaded me lately with very many. Sometimes calling me by as many ill names as the foule mouth in Plautus could utter; otherwhiles threatning to punish me if I would not common-place & problem out of my course at his pleasure. Were these all I could passe them by, but he often declares that he will doe his utmost to make me weary of the College, & to that end hath as oft denyed me the small stipend which is <was> given (not by the College[altered] but my Patron & Founder) for the Rhetorick Lecture, viz. of 15lb a yeere; & tells me he is charged by the Master & Fellowes to pay me no more, & that I have had too much already. Having denyed me pupills <which my patron Mr B. his Tutor first requested> & expressed their enmity against me in words then without any cause, they have <since> vented it in actions as much on all thar have had relation to me, viz. my 2 Sizars. One being by severall of the Fellowes acknowledged a better scholar than he who was chosen in his roome denyed a scholarship as I told you formerly; & now the other denyed his degree only for the same original sin imputed. These are the men who to encourage & cherish learning would take away from students not only bookes, but if it be in their power bread too. Two & twenty pounds of old arreares for the Rhet. Lect have been manifestly due to me now a yeere & a halfe, of which I could never get of Mr Bolton one penny in payment, nor one good word in answer to my request. They thinke sure that we who have no mony must needes have no friends, but I hope shortly to make it appeare to them that I have not a few that can & will see me righted. I have seen too long that will not unwillingly heare the complaints of the oppressed.
    For intelligence in your owne kind I have little; only a booke of Dr Harvey's [his?] is now going to our presse, about 12 or 14 sheetes in answer to Parisanus. When I shall waite upon you at London, whither necessity may call me ere long (for those who detain my due have forced me to borrow) I shall acquaint you with more in both particulars. Till then I remaine
     Your <though most poore yet> most faithfull servant
                         Tho. Smith.
Christs College
 Ian. 29[altered].
       1648/9.
I wonder I heare nothing of Mr Ravius who still detaines one of those bookes which you [Were?] were pleased to deliver him a yeere agoe. viz. Alis his Arabick[altered] proverbs with[altered from which?] my[altered from I] translation[altered from translated]. I have sent severall letters to him about it but heare ne [Greek: gru] in answer. I wish you would be pleased to present my service to him & tell him I want it: Mr Whilock & Mr Linford present theirs to you. While I write, in comes a letter from an University man whom I desired to speake to Mr Ravius for my Alis, he sends me word 'tis lost. & it was the only coppy I had.