The Hartlib Papers

Title:Copy Letter In Hand ?, [John Dury] To Sir Thomas Roe
Dating:24 July 1640
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Notes:Turnbull (HDC p214 says from Dury.
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[Hartlib's hand: Hamburg the 24. of Iulj 1640. to S.Thomas Rowe]
R.H.
   I have received your kind letter which Lieutenant Generall King hath brought unto me; wherein I perceive the constancy of your favourable affection, for which I thanke God, beseeching him to ratify my former wishes and dayly prayers, which I conceive for your prosperity in the place wherein he hath set you, for to be his instrument in the common wealth. I acknowledge the causes of your feares to be just, et I can foresee the state wherein I am like to bee if I continue my worke: but yet I can not alter my resolution to stay out my time of license; in which time I hope God will direct me so that I shall be in utrumque paratus either to leave all fairely, or to proceede afterward more comfortably[altered from comfortabely]. I heare the King of Denmark since I was with his Chauncellor Reventlow (for I went to Gluckstat to meet with him and the divines of that place) doth talke publikly of my worke commending it in me, & declaring it to be a thing which should be sought for; but saith that I goe to simplely to worke in it; et should be backed with outward power. this was a part of his discourse with Lieutenant Generall King, with whom I have not yet been able to discourse of this subject; but another hath told me of this. now I am not so simple in my observations, as his majestie doth thinck me to be in my proceedings. I can well enough discerne what he doth aime at in this discourse, et see, that he having urged his divines to some more forewardnesse then as yet they have shewed; their exceptions have been such as his Majestie in his discourse expressed: but these cannot move me to alter my course. I walke in my spirituall sphere, to worke upon [catchword: the]
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the dispositions of their Divines such impressions as the nature of my worke taken in itself independantly from greatnesse, can produce. if this will not take with them, I am content to rest et give all up unto Gods Providence: yet so long I must continue, till I take fairely my leave. As for the inclinations of Monsieur Reventlow I find them very reall, and I perceive that if the Statesmen did not feare to offend their Clergy by being to foreward in this businesse, they would of their owne accord presse it more then they doe or I require of them they should doe. and no doubt they wish onely for a publick beginning of such a negotiation wherein they may have a hand, with a faire pretense to curbe the license which many of their Clergy take, whereof they see great inconveniences, but know not how to remedie the same; therefore they would be gladde to putt my finger in that fire. but I see no reason why I should putte my selfe upon a hazzard, et goe out of the way of mine ordinarie lawfull theologicall sphere which dealeth with the consciences of Divines: which if they be past feeling, surely I will leave them to the Iudgement of God, who is able to make them find et feele the effect of their owne wayes: et the rather because I see our unity at home (for which my Lords Grace of Canterburye doth despaire of my proceedings abroad, even the staff of bands, which is mentioned in Zacharia) [left margin Zach. 11. 14.] to be broken in pieces; yet I hope that our breach shall not be incurable: therefore I would faine reserve my experience to some fitte time to be employed: et if I may be permitted to walke in mine owne way as my Genius shall lead me, perhaps I may in due time give occasion to unpartiall well affected [catchword: spi-]
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spirits to steppe in et cleare some doubts, which now cloud the apprehensions of most men: but time must shew me the way how to intend this: and in the meane season I desire to doe good et pray for the remnant of Gods people: for I know none other ayme which may be profitablely taken in these times, till the stormes cleere up.