By Jamie C. Kassler
Within the early 1690s Roger North was once getting ready to take away from London to Rougham, Norfolk, the place he deliberate to proceed his look for fact, which for him intended wisdom of nature, together with human nature. yet this seek used to be interrupted through 3 occasions. First, among c.1704 and the early a part of 1706, he learn Newton's e-book on rational (quantitative) mechanics and, afterwards, his e-book on optics in Clarke's Latin translation. moment, in the direction of the latter a part of 1706, he and Clarke, a Norfolk clergyman, corresponded approximately issues on the subject of Newton's books, and then Clarke got rid of to London and the correspondence ceased. 3rd, in 1712 North obtained a letter from Clarke, asking for him to learn and reply to his new book at the philosophy of the Godhead. As Kassler information, every one of those occasions offered a couple of demanding situations to North's values, in addition to the best way of philosophising he had realized as a pupil and practitioner of the typical legislations. simply because he by no means made public his responses to the demanding situations, her ebook additionally contains versions of North's notes on analyzing Newton's books, in addition to what now continues to be of the 1706 and later correspondence with Clarke. furthermore, she offers analyses of a few of North's 'second recommendations' in regards to the concerns raised within the notes and 1706 correspondence and, from an exam of Clarke's major writings, offers a context for knowing the correspondence with regards to the 1712 ebook.
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See also Shapiro, ‘Huygens’ “Traité de la Lumiére”’, pp. 225–7, 229. For RN’s unacknowledged use of this work, see RN, Cursory Notes of Musicke. 2: No. 1, RN→SC 1713 (ff. 19v, 24v). For some of his references to the book, see ff. 67v–68 in RN, ‘Preface to a philosofick essay’ (UK:Lbl) Add MS 32526: ff. 64v–68 (early period); f. 20v in RN, Mostly untitled (UK:Lbl) Add MS 32546: ff. 1–18v, continued ff. 25v–32v, continued ff. 19–24v (early period); f. 99 in RN, Untitled draft (UK:Lbl) Add MS 32545: ff.
The paper, which has no visible watermarks, is quite distinctive, very thin and used by North only in octavo; hence, the name assigned to this paper, ‘Thin 8vo’. 40 Internal evidence is somewhat more helpful, since it provides three clues. One is North’s reference to himself as ‘grim sir in a country farm’ (f. 3v), so that we may infer that he was writing the text in Rougham Hall, his Norfolk residence between 1696 and 1734. Second is his statement that he sits in his closet, where ‘I ruminate my no[tion] of the generall perfidy but more inexpressible folly’ of mankind (f.
119–137v (early period, late). 116 See RN, ‘Of axiomes, and the foundations of them’ (UK:Lbl) Add MS 32548: in Notebook 3, ff. 75v–77 (undatable). Note that RN’s philosophy of nature includes human nature and, hence, morality; see Kassler, HRN, pp. 89, 104. 117 RN singles out God’s causal power as the foundation for natural science, whereas Descartes required both divine veracity (God is no deceiver) and causal power as the foundation; see Collins, God in Modern Philosophy, p. 68. , Gaukroger, Descartes, pp.