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John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles CavendishThe Mental World of an Early Modern Mathematician$
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Noel Malcolm and Jacqueline Stedall

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198564843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564843.001.0001

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John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish

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An overview of John Pell's correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish is presented here. These documents survived in such a near-complete state due to the methodical nature of John Pell, who preserved not only the letters he received from Cavendish but also his own drafts. The letters from Cavendish pose no textual problems. Cavendish wrote in a fairly large and regular italic hand; his spelling may occasionally give pause to modern readers (‘on’ for ‘one’, for example), but most will find that they adjust to it quickly. Pell's drafts are a little more problematic. His handwriting is generally legible, but some of these drafts are very rough, with frequent crossings-out and interlineations; sometimes a whole section written elsewhere on the page is marked for insertion at a particular point. Editorial interventions, and the recording of information about the text in the text itself, are presented in square brackets. A standardized order has been used for presenting the material in these letters. If the date or address is given at the head of the letter in the manuscript, it is silently transposed to fit this ordering: salutation; text of letter; valediction; place and date of writing; postscript; address; any annotation by Pell; any later annotation; enclosure.

Keywords:   Sir Charles Cavendish, correspondence, letters

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