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The Correspondence of Thomas Hobbes: Some New Items

Noel Malcolm and Mikko Tolonen
The Historical Journal
Vol. 51, No. 2 (Jun., 2008), pp. 481-495
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20175170
Page Count: 15
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The Correspondence of Thomas Hobbes: Some New Items
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Abstract

This article presents the full text of a hitherto unpublished letter to Hobbes, and provides details of three other items from his correspondence which have not survived. The unpublished letter is from the Oxford academic Thomas Barlow, thanking Hobbes for a copy of Hobbes's "De homine"; that copy also survives, and details are given of Barlow's critical annotations on it. Where the three non-extant letters are concerned, some information about them has been gleaned from entries in nineteenth-century dealers' and auctioneers' catalogues; in one case, a letter concerning telescopes from the marquess of Newcastle, those details are supplemented by other evidence, from Newcastle's household papers. Finally, some alleged items of Hobbes's correspondence are described and discounted, and two new manuscripts of known letters are listed.

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