This chapter chronicles the life of John Pell in London from 1638 to 1643. The impetus for Pell's move to London, which appears to have started at the beginning of 1638, came very much from Hartlib, not from Pell himself. One of the attractions of life in the capital was the prospect of close acquaintance with other members of Hartlib's inner circle. Pell had set himself the task of looking not for someone who would employ him as a mathematics tutor, but for a patron who would support him ‘as an Artist’ — in other words, pay him to get on with his own mathematical projects. In order to attract such patronage, it was necessary to set out some sort of prospectus, explaining what those projects might be. In attracting the attention of Sir Charles Cavendish, Pell enjoyed an extraordinary stroke of good fortune. Not only was his new patron rich, and the brother of one of the most prominent men in England; he was also a man of unusual modesty, affability, and good nature.
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