The Hartlib Papers

Title:Letter, Thomas Gilson To Hartlib
Dating:1 January 1649
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Courteous mr Hartlib.
The streames of my affections (like Guadiana in spayne) hath for this 2 months run under ground, but at last hath broke out into these few lines:
which are to informe of slender designements our Academicall witts are, the Order procured for informing statutes & constitutions, is by them interpreted to reach no further then takinge away of holy dayes, [word deleted] the oath of Allegiance & such like crepundia of the Advancement of Learninge ne Gru quidem.
   Quis talia fando temperet a lachrymis?
I am also to informe you that we have many Palme-spirited men heere who though as yet are crushed in their ingenuous designes yet are resolved to Beare up agaynst a storme, in hopes of a happy victory/. we are resolved shortly to Petition for some to superadded. or substituted in the roome of these P├Ždantick visitors. in my thoughts I have pitched upon these Sir David Watkins, mr Hartlib, <left margin: mr Caryl. mr Tho Goodwin> Mr Dury mr Pitts, mr Sadler, mr Selden,: I desire your impartiall thoughts to expunge thos you thinke not fitt of, & substitute those you know more advantagious to our designe
I much longe <to heare> what answer you have had from Dr Whichott concerninge the papers you mentioned as also whether Commenus Pansophia, or Hall hath arived to your hand.
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Sir on december the 29th one of the Fellowes of St Iohns Colledge acquaynted how Dr channell speakes of Leavinge the colledge for his Livinge, and I am desired to acquaynt you how in case you will accept of it, you will find those that shall bringe you[altered] in if you will be but passive. and so we shall find a headshipp for mr Dury & mr Caryll, mr Tho. Goodwin is allready bespoke for Lincolne Colledge,.
                    Thus hopinge to heare from you by mr Danson (if he be not come away before,) <or> with all speede by the carier
Corpus Christi College
  Ian. 1: /49.
                    I subscribe my self
                      Yours in what I am.
                        Tho: Gilson
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For his worthy Freinde, Mr Samuel
   Hartlib, in Dukes place in the
      great open Court.
                        London.