The Hartlib Papers

Title:Copy Letter In Hand ?, [John Dury] To William Gore
Dating:18 December 1638
Ref:6/4/24A-25B: 25B BLANK
Notes:Turnbull (HDC p.192) says from Dury.
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[right margin, H: To. Mr Will. Gore:]
Worthy Sir,
       I received yesterday from your freind Mr. Michelburne the testimony of your [full] <H: free> love & affection unto me, which I have never bin able to deserve at your handes. therefore my thankfulnesse ought to bee the more readie & cordiall, because there is no motive from me to stirre uppe in you such benevolence but it ariseth wholly from your self. yet I am persuaded that you have a respect unto God in shewing your good will unto me, and that you have done it for the workes sake which I labour to advance. & in this confidence of your[altered] pious inclination to helpe forward so good a cause & support me in it; lette me take leave to confirme your spirit in well doing, & represent unto you the true state of my businesse. you know the aime of my worke is godly charitie & brotherly[altered] love to bee procured amongst protestants, what necessitie there is of such an endevour I need not to insist upon, seeing it is cleere, that nothing hath so much overthrowne the state of protestants hitherto; or is like further to overthrow the same as their homebredde divisions & bitternesse of strife from which all manner of scandalls & confusions in knowledge et practise doe[H alters] proceede by these the Kingdome of Iesus Christ is hindered, the truth is by reason of these blasphemed, & through these the Kingdome of Sathan & all unrighteousnesse is established in the spirits of men. our labour therefore is in seeking a Remedie unto these[H alters from those] evills, to further the meanes of salvation unto all godly soules: & to procure a full course & passage unto the gospell which by these impediments is mainly disadvantaged. now to doe this we have spent a great deal of time in patience, to sollicit the best and most able men to contribute their talents to the prosecuting of these intentions; it is true that our labour hath not beene altogether lost, for many have beene drawen to a concourse of thoughts[H alters] in this matter, & the boistereusnesse of some hath beene allayed; & the difficulties obiected taken out of the way: but yet the because[H alters from becauses] the times are so full[H alters from fully] of public stires & commotions: therefore the work could not be prosecuted[H alters] in such a way as is requisite to bring forth the effect of peace, & may redound to the benefit of all the churches. when it will please God to give us such a seasonable opor-
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-tunitie, is not knowen, but wee watch for it; & in the meane time labour to bring matters unto maturitie, which may serve the public good of Learning & Religion. now if it would please God to conjoine[H alters from convince?] the counsels of Protestant Princes for their mutuall preservation in their lands[H alters] and liberties against the increasing power of the house of Austria, then an occasion would bee offered fitte enough, to negotiat in this businesse in a more public way; but because this coniunction is not yet brought unto perfection, and perhaps will be hardly effected, therefore the privat way[H alters] of negotiating must bee still intended by which the fitte preparatives of so necessarie a purpose can bee ripened. & made usefull in due tyme. how much this worke may bee servieceable unto the state of Christianitie is needlesse to be rehearsed: & can not bee unknowen unto any that considereth of what importance the duties of love, of Peace & unbleameable conversation are unto such as desire to attaine unto salvation: & if wee take notice of the thing in a more particular respect; as it may have relation unto the Palatin cause, it may be made evidently apparent, that there is nothing that can bee more Effectuall or more profitably thought upon for the raising up of that house then the accomplishing of this very purpose: because it is out of all doubt that the ground of the quarrell for which that house is so hardly putte at by the Austrians; is the matter of Religion; for it was to maintaine the libertie of Religion in Bohemia, that the Crowne of the Kingdome was deferred unto the Elector Palatin; which hee having accepted of, became[H alters from because] an object of hatred & persecution unto the enemies thereof. thus then the maintenance of Religion being the ground and fundamentall cause of the quarrell; & the Prince Palatine his estate beeing lost for the quarrell, it followeth manifestly that the meanes wherby the trueth of Religion will be chiefly maintained is that which chiefly is fitted to raise againe & repaire the ruines of that house. you see then to what purpose your benevolence hath beene bestowed; for I desire not that any should
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look upon mee otherwise but as being a servant unto these aimes: only I must labour to bee so much the more faithfull & painfull in the work by how much I see the Providence of God caring more for me then I can expect. For although these many yeares I have in a manner hadde nothing to prosecute so wast & chargeable a negotiation, yet I can not say that I have wanted any thing necessarie for it: Except the spirituall duties of some who in the profession of Religious[H alters] duties should have beene more zealous, then they are found to bee: but this must be left unto God & their owne Conscience: as for others that are foreward[altered from forward] to bring a stone unto this building whether it be after a spirituall or Corporall manner, they may be sure (if they doe it in the fear of God without wordly respects, with a single mind in love to his glorie) that they shall not lose their reward: for if a cuppe of cold water[altered] given to a disciple in a <the> name of a disciple shall not be forgotten before God, surely a greater matter (& so large a gratuitie as you have bestowed) [H underlines and brackets] will come in Remembrance. What shall I say? it is to God that I looke, to him I give glorie in your behalf & to yow thankes for his sake. my prayer shall bee for you that the fruits of your righteousnesse may abound unto all bountifulnesse being inriched in every thing to every good worke; & that this particular may bee allotted unto your account, & bee a meanes to cover a multitude of sinnes. Thus with my hearty wishes for yowr health and prosperitie I rest in hope that God will give me on time or other some fitte occasion to testifie, that I am and ever will bee
                  yowr etc [Hartlib's hand: affectionat
                                 and most humble servant
                                            in X.]
Hamburg this 18 of 10ber
        1638/