p. 49 – in Iones –

In 1673 Dr Hook wrote to him to send him something new for the transactions whereupon he sent him a little dissertation to confute that coon objection wch is that if it were true that the earth moved from West to East all falling bodies would be left to the West, & maintained that on the contrary they would fall a little Eastward & having described a curve with his hand to represent <2> the motion of a falling body he drew a negligent stroke with his pen from whence Dr Hook took occasion to imagine it \that he meant the curve/ would be a spiral, whereupon the Dr wrote to him that the curve would be an Ellipsis & that the body would move according to Kepler's notion wch gave Sr I. N. an occasion to examine the thing thoroughly & for the foundation of the calculus \he/ intended he <3> laid down this proposition that the areas described in equal times were equal wch thou assumed by Kepler was not by him demonstrated of wch demonstration the first glory is due to Sr I.

Memm Pemberton in his preface wch vide mentions this in a different \another/ manner – He says particularly – Upon this principle he found the line described by a falling body to be an Elipsis the center of the earth being one focus <4> & the primary planets moving in such orbits round the sun he had the satisfaction to see that this enquiry wch he had undertaken merely out of curiosity could be applied to the greatest purposes – Hereupon he composed near a dozen propositions relating to the \motion of the/ primary motions planets about the sun, & from \no other materials but/ those few propositions only he composed his principia in the space of one year & half —– Sr Is N. says in one of his papers relating to Leibnitz that he wrote the Principia in 17 or 18 months beginning the end of Decr 1684 {sic} – & sending it to the Society in May – 1686 except about 10 or 12 of the propositions wch were composed before Viz. two in 1679 – & the rest in Iune & Iuly – 1684 —

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