John Wallis

Philip Beeley and Christoph J. Scriba (eds), Correspondence of John Wallis (1616–1703), Vol. 1: 1641–1659

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pg 12753.Wallis to Pierre GassendiOxford, 29 January/8 February 1654/5

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W Letter sent: Paris Bibliothèque Nationale Nouv. acq. latines 1637, pp. 569, 576 (address) (our source).

E1 First edition of original letter sent: Gassendi, Opera omnia, Lyons 1658, VI, 534.

E2 Second edition of original letter sent: Gassendi, Opera omnia, Florence 1727, VI, 493.

Answered by: Gassendi–Wallis [13] /23.V.1655 and Boulliau–Wallis [14]/24.V.1655.

Wallis sent Gassendi with this letter two copies of his Eclipsis solaris … observatio with the request that one of these be forwarded to Boulliau.

1Cum literato Orbi innotescat (eruditissime Vir) quantos in re Astronomi-2ca labores et suscepisti et continue suscipis, tam instituendis Coelestibus 3Observationibus, quam alibi institutis colligendis: rem tibi non ingratam 4fore judicavi si Eclipseos Solaris Observationem a me Oxonii anno prae-5terito institutam147 tecum communicavero. Ausus sum igitur Clarissimum 6Virum, quanquam non aliunde mihi magis quam ex scriptis tuis notum, 7hac ansa data, interpellare; paucis tamen, ne importunus videar, tuisque 8seriis molestus. Id saltem orans, ut Observationem illam, quam tibi cum 9his literis mitto, candide digneris acceptare: Et quidem, si per tua nego-10tia id commode fieri possit, ut exemplarium alterum Clarissimo Domino 11Ismaeli Bullialdo148 (mihi pariter ignoto) tradendum cures. Ideo autem 12serius aliquanto, propter aliam quam nudiustertius expectavimus exiguam Critical Apparatus13Eclipsin Solarem, ut nempe ipsius simul aliquam si fieri possit rationem 14acciperes. Verum nubilus et pluidus aer, qui per aliquot dies praecedentes 15coelum obscuraverat, etiam tunc temporis aspectum solis penitus impe-16divit, ut nihil prorsus ea de re referre valeam. Superest, ut salutatione 17officiose praestita, omnimodam tibi felicitatem precatus, Valere jubeam:

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  • 1Dabam Oxonii,                                           Tui Observantissimus
  •       1654. stilo Angliae.                                     Johannes Wallis:-
  • 2Jan. 29.
  • 3        1655. stilo Juliano.
  • 4Feb. 8. 1655. stilo Gregoriano:-

  • 5Clarissimo et Spectatissimo [576]
  • 6Viro, D. Petro Gassendo
  • 7Matheseos Professori
  • 8Parisiensi.
  • 9Parisios.

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Editor’s Note
147 Observationem … institutam : cf. Wallis, Eclipsis Solaris … observatio, Oxford 1655.
Editor’s Note
148Bullialdo: i.e. Ismaël Boulliau, q.v.
Critical Apparatus
13rationem (1) accipies. (2) acciperes.
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