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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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London, Zurich, 1652–1658

London, Zurich, 1652–1658

(p.139) 5 London, Zurich, 1652–1658
John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish

Noel Malcolm (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter chronicles the life of John Pell in London and Zurich from 1652 to 1658. After his return from Breda, John Pell spent nearly two years in England. However, the evidence for this part of his life is extremely fragmentary, offering very little in the way of letters or datable personal papers. He was later invited by Cromwell to take the position of special envoy to the Protestant cantons of Switzerland. On March 30, 1654 Pell received his official instructions from Cromwell. His duties were to assure the Protestant cantons of England's good will; to ‘endeavour to shew the true Cause of the Warres which haue beene in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the necessity and Justice thereof on the Parlaments Part’; to hinder any diplomatic efforts made there on behalf of ‘Charles Stewart’; to explain the English position on the Anglo-Dutch war; to encourage the Swiss Protestants to send their sons to the English universities; and to send back to England ‘frequent Accounts’ of his dealings.

Keywords:   Cromwell, Protestant canton, Switzerland, Charles Stewart, Zurich

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