Biographical Materials about Newton (1700-1799)

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1.

Revised Memoir of Newton

Author: William Stukeley

Source: MS/142, Royal Society Library, London, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00001

2.

'Remarks on Sr Is. Newton', with a covering letter to John Conduitt

Author: William Derham

Source: Keynes Ms. 133, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00031

3.

'Plan of Education, for a young Prince' (part 1), from "Fog's Weekly Journal", No. 195

Author: Andrew Michael Ramsay

Source: Keynes Ms. 129.14, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00004

4.

Three letters to John Conduitt, dated 16 August 1730, 12 October 1730 and 9 January 1730 (new style), concerning a proposed bust of Newton

Author: Ferdinand de Saint-Urbain

Source: Keynes Ms. 131d, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00008

5.

Letter to John Conduitt, dated 27 September 1730 (new style), concerning a proposed memorial to Newton

Author: Owen Swiny

Source: Keynes Ms. 131c, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00007

6.

Letter to John Conduitt, 26 August 1730

Author: Nicolas Fatio de Duillier

Source: Keynes Ms. 96(H), King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00040

7.

Letter to John Conduitt, 12 August 1730

Author: Nicolas Fatio de Duillier

Source: Keynes Ms. 96(G), King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00039

8.

Letter to John Conduitt, 8 August 1730

Author: Nicolas Fatio de Duillier

Source: Keynes Ms. 96(F), King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00038

9.

'Miscellanea' (assorted notes and anecdotes concerning Newton)

Author: John Conduitt

Source: Keynes Ms. 130.05, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00168

10.

Draft letter to [Robert Brown?], dated 4 June 1729, concerning a proposed monument to Newton

Author: John Conduitt

Source: Keynes Ms. 131b, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00006

11.

Letter from William Stukeley to John Conduitt, dated 29 February 1627/8

Author: William Stukeley

Source: Keynes Ms. 136.07, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00162

12.

Draft of a circular letter soliciting material for Conduitt's Life of Newton, dated 16 February 1728

Author: John Conduitt

Source: Keynes Ms. 131a, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00005

13.

Letter from William Stukeley to John Conduitt, dated 13 February 1727/8

Author: William Stukeley

Source: Keynes Ms. 136.06, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00161

14.

Two letters from Humphrey Newton to John Conduitt

Author: Humphrey Newton

Source: Keynes Ms. 135, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00033

15.

Letter to Professor Robert Smith

Author: Nicholas Wickins

Source: Keynes Ms. 137, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00035

16.

Letter from William Stukeley to John Conduitt, dated 16 January 1727/8

Author: William Stukeley

Source: Keynes Ms. 136.01, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00156

17.

Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard Fontenelle, dated 1 January 1727/8

Author: John Conduitt

Source: Keynes Ms. 129.11, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00155

18.

The Life of Sir Isaac Newton

Author: Bernard de Fontenelle

Source: Bernard de Fontenelle, The Life of Sir Isaac Newton. With an Account of his Writings (London: 1728).

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00036

19.

Account of Newton

Author: William Whiston

Source: William Whiston, A Collection of Authentick Records, pp. 1070-1082 (London: 1728).

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00037

20.

Preface to 'A View of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophy'

Author: Henry Pemberton

Source: Henry Pemberton, A View of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophy (London: 1728).

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00035

21.

Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, dated 23 November 1727

Author: John Conduitt

Source: Keynes Ms. 129.10, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00154

22.

Letter from Bernard de Fontenelle to John Conduitt, dated 15 November 1727 (new style)

Author: Bernard de Fontenelle

Source: Keynes Ms. 129.09, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00153

23.

'Memorandums relating to Sir Isaac Newton'

Author: Abraham de Moivre

Source: Joseph Halle Schaffner Collection Ms. 1075.7, Joseph Halle Schaffner Collection, University of Chicago Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Newton Catalogue ID: OTHE00034

24.

Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, dated 5 October 1727

Author: John Conduitt

Source: Keynes Ms. 129.08, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00152

25.

Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, dated 31 July 1727

Author: John Conduitt

Source: Keynes Ms. 129.07, King's College, Cambridge, UK

Newton Catalogue ID: THEM00151

[1]

A later revision of Keynes Ms. 136.3.

[2] 80pp.

[3]

in English

[4]

Contains 'an Account, as far as my Memory reaches, of the most material Passages yt occurred in my Conversation wth Sr Is: Newton', with a short covering letter addressed to John Conduitt, both dated Upminster, 18 July 1733.

[5] 14 pp., with a short covering letter, 1 p.

[6]

in English

[7]

Published in Fog's Weekly Journal No. 195.

[8]

Includes reflections on Newtonian natural philosophy and its place in the educational scheme.

[9] 1p.

[10]

in English

[11] Keynes Ms. 129 Letter reacting to Newton's death, from "Mist's Weekly Journal", No. 103 [Keynes Ms. 129.13]

[12]

The promised second part of the essay is not included in Conduitt's collection of cuttings.

[13]

Concerning a proposed bust of Newton.

[14] 6pp.

[15]

in French

[16]

Concerns the proposed memorial to Newton.

[17] 7pp.

[18]

in English

[19]

Concerning a proposed memorial to Newton.

[20] 1 p.

[21]

in English

[22]

A continuation of the remarks made in Keynes Ms. 96(F).

[23]

Suggestions about the wording and design of an epitaph for Newton.

[24] 1 p.

[25]

in English

[26]

Suggestions about the wording of an epitaph for Newton.

[27] 3 pp.

[28]

in English

[29] 17 pp.

[30] Keynes Ms. 130 Draft account of Newton's life at Cambridge [Keynes Ms. 130.04]

[31]

Concerns a proposed monument to Newton.

[32] 8pp.

[33]

in English

[34] 1 p.

[35]

in English

[36] Letter from William Stukeley to John Conduitt, dated 22 July 1727 [Keynes Ms. 136.08] Keynes Ms. 136 Letter from William Stukeley to John Conduitt, dated 13 February 1727/8 [Keynes Ms. 136.06]

[37] 3pp.

[38]

in English

[39] 1 p.

[40]

in English

[41] Letter from William Stukeley to John Conduitt, dated 29 February 1627/8 [Keynes Ms. 136.07] Keynes Ms. 136 Letter from William Stukeley to John Conduitt, dated 15 July 1727 [Keynes Ms. 136.05]

[42]

Humphrey Newton (no relation) was Newton's amanuensis from c. 1683-9. Both letters are largely given over to (rather vague) reminiscences of Newton.

[43] each 4 pp.

[44]

in English

[45]

Printed in Brewster (1855), 2: 88-90.

[46]

Dated Stoke Edith, 16 Jan. 1727/8. Wickins was the son of Newton's Cambridge room-mate John Wickins. The letter summarises his late father's recollections of Newton.

[47] 3 pp.

[48]

in English

[49] 1 p

[50]

in English

[51] Letter from William Stukeley to John Conduitt, dated 26 June 1727 [Keynes Ms. 136.02] Keynes Ms. 136

[52] 2 pp.

[53]

in French

[54] Account of Newton's funeral from "The London Gazette", No. 6569 [Keynes Ms. 129.12] Keynes Ms. 129 Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, dated 23 November 1727 [Keynes Ms. 129.10]

[55]

Unattributed English translation of Fontenelle's original French 'Eloge du Chevalier Newton' (1727)

[56] 30 pp.

[57]

in English

[58] 13 pp.

[59]

in English

[60] 10 pp.

[61]

in English

[62] 1 p.

[63]

in French

[64] Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard Fontenelle, dated 1 January 1727/8 [Keynes Ms. 129.11] Keynes Ms. 129 Letter from Bernard de Fontenelle to John Conduitt, dated 15 November 1727 (new style) [Keynes Ms. 129.09]

[65] 2 pp.

[66]

in French

[67] Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, dated 23 November 1727 [Keynes Ms. 129.10] Keynes Ms. 129 Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, dated 5 October 1727 [Keynes Ms. 129.08]

[68]

A copy by John Conduitt of notes and reminiscences relating to Newton given him by de Moivre.

[69] 5 pp.

[70]

in English

[71]

The page here designated f. 3rA has been affixed to the original f. 3r. It appears to be an earlier draft, also in Conduitt's hand, of the preceding passage on f. 2v, and concludes with an asterisk linking it to the beginning of f. 3r proper.

[72] 3 pp.

[73]

in French

[74] Letter from Bernard de Fontenelle to John Conduitt, dated 15 November 1727 (new style) [Keynes Ms. 129.09] Keynes Ms. 129 Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, dated 31 July 1727 [Keynes Ms. 129.07]

[75] 1 p.

[76]

in French

[77] Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, dated 5 October 1727 [Keynes Ms. 129.08] Keynes Ms. 129 Draft letter from John Conduitt to Bernard de Fontenelle, c. 21 July 1727 [Keynes Ms. 129.06]

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