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101.

Exposition of 2 Kings 17:15-16

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Ms. 130, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, USA

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00110

102.

Untitled Treatise on Revelation (section 1.4)

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Yahuda Ms. 1.4, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00182

103.

Untitled Treatise on Revelation (section 1.1)

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Yahuda Ms. 1.1, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00135

104.

'Preparatio mercurii ad lapidem per regulam et lunam, ex MSS. Phil[oponi] Phi[lalethis] Americani'

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Location Unknown

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00126

105.

Miscellaneous fragmentary alchemical notes

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Location Unknown

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00138

106.

'Notanda chemica'

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Location Unknown

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00122

107.

'A Key to Snyders'

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Location Unknown

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00131

108.

Commentary on Johann de Monte Snyders

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Columbia, New York, USA

Newton Catalogue ID: ALCH00137

109.

Untitled treatise on Revelation (Section 1.7)

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Yahuda Ms. 1.7, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00214

110.

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 19 January 1669/70

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/1, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00224

111.

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 6 February 1669/70

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/2, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00225

112.

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 18 February 1669/70

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/5, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00228

113.

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 11 July 1670

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/6, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00229

114.

Draft letter from John Collins to Newton, written c. 13-16 July 1670

Author: John Collins

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/7, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00230

115.

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 16 July 1670

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/8, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00231

116.

Draft letter from John Collins to Newton, dated 19 July 1670

Author: John Collins

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/9, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00232

117.

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 27 September 1670

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/10, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00233

118.

Unpublished Appendix to 'methodus': Problem IX

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 3960.4, pp. 33-48, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00295

119.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 16 March 1671

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/35, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00307

120.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 19 March 1671

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/36, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00308

121.

Letter from John Collins to Newton, dated 5 July 1671

Author: John Collins

Source: MS Add. 3977.9, ff. 1r-1v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00200

122.

Draft response from Newton to John Collins's letter of 5 July 1671

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 3977.9, ff. 2r-2v, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00201

123.

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 20 July 1671

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MS Add. 9597/2/18/11, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00234

124.

Newton's figure of his reflecting telescope with explanations

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/37, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00309

125.

Note about his reflecting telescope

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: EL/N1/50, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: NATP00320

[1]

This document appears to be the shorter draft, or part of it, which together with Yahuda Var. 1 Ms. 21 and possibly Babson Ms. 437 originally constituted SL261: see notes to the Yahuda entry for the sale history.

[2]

At the front of the manuscript: 'in ye mean time I have sent you a vicegerent wch I hope you will accept of & to hang up in your closet for a remembrance of me' (part of a draft letter?).

[3] 8 pp.

[4]

in English

[5] Part of an exposition of 2 Kings, 17:15-16 [Ms. 437] Exposition of 2 Kings 17:15-16 [Yahuda Ms. 21]

[6] 210 ff.

[7]

in English with quotations in Latin and Greek

[8] Untitled treatise on Revelation (Section 1.5) [Yahuda Ms. 1.5] Yahuda Ms. 1 Untitled Treatise on Revelation (section 1.3) [Yahuda Ms. 1.3]

[9]

The first (of nine parts) of what is arguably Newton's most important non-scientific text. This massive work describes in detail the reasons for what he saw as the corruption of the original antitrinitarian Christian religion, and the subsequent rise of Roman Catholicism.

[10] c. 55 ff.

[11]

in English

[12] Untitled Treatise on Revelation (section 1.1a) [Yahuda Ms. 1.1a] Yahuda Ms. 1

[13]

Folio 11 is missing.

[14]

The text is also extant in another version (not in Newton's hand) in Ferguson Ms. 85 at Glasgow University and is printed in the anonymous Enarratio methodum trium Gebri medicinarum (London, 1678: H554). An English translation appears on pp. 183-8 of Ripley Reviv'd (also London, 1678: H1407) by 'Eirenæus Philalethes', another pseudonym of Starkey. Since Newton states in his title that his copy was taken from a manuscript source, it presumably predates these publications, both of which Newton subsequently acquired copies of.

[15]

Notes on and excerpts from various works of 'Philoponus Philalethes', one of the pseudonyms of the American alchemist George Starkey, though Newton was almost certainly unaware of the author's true identity.

[16] 6 pp. + 2 pp. blank

[17]

in Latin with some English

[18]

Includes notes towards an index of alchemical terms and another of alchemical writers, and notes on the preparation of mercury and 'purgation' of sulphur.

[19] 6 pp.

[20]

in English and Latin

[21]

Notes on and copy extracts from 'Philalethes' (i.e. George Starkey), George Ripley, Michael Maier, Johannes Grassæus, Hadrianus a Mynsicht and other writers. One excerpt from Starkey's Marrow of Alchemy (1654) is partly in English.

[22] 4 pp.

[23]

in Latin with some English

[24]

Newton took a keen interest in the now obscure and possibly fictitious figure of Snyders. Cf. Keynes Ms. 58 and the Mss. in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

[25]

Consists primarily of excerpts from Johann de Monte Snyders' Commentatio de pharmaco catholico, which was published in Reconditiorum ac reclusiorum opulentiæ sapientiæque numinis mundi magni (Amsterdam, 1666). Supplementary notes are taken from the anonymous 'Instructio patris ad filium de arbore solari' from volume 6 of Lazarus Zetzner's Theatrum chemicum (Strasbourg, 1659-61) and other unidentified sources.

[26] 4 pp. + 4 pp. blank

[27]

in Latin with some English

[28]

Newton presumably based his study on a manuscript English or Latin translation of this work, as despite its Latin title it was published only in German, which Newton did not understand.

[29]

One page reproduced as item 164 in Columbia University Libraries' online exhibition Jewels in Her Crown. (This gives the date of Snyders' Tractatus as 1678, but that was the second edition.) Part of the same page is also reproduced facing p. 13 in the 1936 Sotheby catalogue. See also 'A Key to Snyders' (whereabouts unknown); Keynes Ms. 58 and Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University.

See Samuel Devons, 'Newton the Alchemist?', Columbia Library Columns, May 1971, pp. 16-26 (including a modernised transcription of the English part of the document), and the report in the same issue (p. 58) of the presentation of the manuscript. See also Martin Langfield, 'The 1936 Sotheby's auction of Newton's papers, and a mystery'.

[30]

An English commentary on the Tractatus de medicina universali (Frankfurt am Main, 1662) of Johann de Monte Snyders, followed by two chymical recipes in Latin.

[31] 3 pp. on 2 ff.

[32]

in English and Latin

[33] 210 ff.

[34]

in English with quotations in Latin and Greek

[35] Untitled treatise on Revelation (Section 1.8) [Yahuda Ms. 1.8] Yahuda Ms. 1 Untitled treatise on Revelation (Section 1.6) [Yahuda Ms. 1.6]

[36] 2 ff.

[37]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), pp. 16-21

[38]

[39] Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 6 February 1669/70 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/2]

[40] 2 ff.

[41]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), pp. 23-5

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 19 January 1669/70 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/1] Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 18 February 1669/70 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/5]

[42]

[43] 1 f.

[44]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), p. 27

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 6 February 1669/70 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/2] Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 11 July 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/6]

[45]

[46] 2 ff.

[47]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), pp. 30-1

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 18 February 1669/70 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/5] Draft letter from John Collins to Newton, written c. 13-16 July 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/7]

[48]

[49] 1 f.

[50]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), pp. 32-3

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 16 July 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/8] Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 11 July 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/6]

[51]

[52] 2 ff.

[53]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), pp. 34-5

Draft letter from John Collins to Newton, dated 19 July 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/9] Draft letter from John Collins to Newton, written c. 13-16 July 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/7]

[54]

[55] 1 f.

[56]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), pp. 36-8

Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 27 September 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/10] Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 16 July 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/8]

[57]

[58] 2 ff.

[59]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), pp. 42-4

Draft letter from John Collins to Newton, dated 19 July 1670 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/9]

[60]

[61] 12 pp.

[62]

in Latin

[63]

[64] 2 pp.

[65]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), p. 120

[66]

in English

[67] Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 19 March 1671 [EL/N1/36]

[68] 2 pp.

[69]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), p. 121

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 16 March 1671 [EL/N1/35]

[70]

in English

[71] 2 pp.

[72]

in English with a little Latin

[73] Draft response from Newton to John Collins's letter of 5 July 1671 [MS Add. 3977.9, ff. 2r-2v] Letter from Newton to John Collins, dated 20 July 1671 [MS Add. 9597/2/18/11]

[74]

[75] 2 pp.

[76]

in English with two words in Latin

[77] Letter from John Collins to Newton, dated 5 July 1671 [MS Add. 3977.9, ff. 1r-1v]

[78]

[79] 2 ff.

[80]

Published in H.W. Turnbull (ed), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 1 (Cambridge: 1959), pp. 67-9

Letter from John Collins to Newton, dated 5 July 1671 [MS Add. 3977.9, ff. 1r-1v]

[81]

[82] 2 pp.

[83]

Published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, No. 81 (25 March 1672), pp. 4004-4007.

Letter to Henry Oldenburg, 19 March 1671 [EL/N1/36] An Accompt of a New Catadioptrical Telescope invented by Mr. Newton [Philosophical Transactions 81 (25 March 1672)]

[84]

in English

[85] 1 p.

[86]

in English and French

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