« PreviousContinue »
part, impugn the printer, or tranfcriber, rather than the author. If, after that, you shall esteem it worth your vacant hours to discourse thereon, you shall but take that liberty which I assume myself, that is, freely to abound in your sense as I have done in my own. However
shall determine, you shall sufficiently honour me in the vouchsafe of your refute, and I o. blige the whole world in the oçcasion of your pen.
Norwich, March 3. 1642.
Sir KENELM DIGBY's answer to the
foregoing letters WORTHY SIR, S Peedily, upon the receipt of your
letter of the third current, 'I sent to find out the printer that Mr. Crook (who delivered me yours) told me was printing something, under my name, concerning your treatise of Religio Medici, and to forbid him any further proceeding therein ; but my servant could not meet with him : whereupon I have left with Mr. Crook a note to that purpose, entreating him to deliver it to the printer. I verily believe there is some mistake in the information given you, and that what is, printing must be from some other pen than mine ; for such reflexions as I made upon your learned and ingenious discourse, are so far from meriting the
préfry that they can tempt no body to d ferious' reading of them, they were notes hastily set down, as I suddenly ran over your excellent piece; which is of weighty subject, and so strong!y penfied, as requireth much time, and sharp attention but to comprehend it ; where as what I wrote was the employment but of one sitting : and there was not twenty four hours between my rea ceiving my Lord of Dorset's letter that occafioned what I said, and the finish ing my answer to him ; and yet part: of that time was taken up in procuring your book, which he desired me to read and give him an account of; for till. then I was so unhappy as never to bave heard of that worthy discourses If that letter ever come to your views you will see the high value I set upon. Jour" great parts : and if it should be thought I have been something too bold
in differing from your sense, I hope I jhall easily obtain pardon, when it shall be considered; that his Lordship asigned it to me as an Exercitation, to oppose in it, for entertainment, such paf fages as I might judge capable' thereof; wherein what liberty I took is to be attributed to the security of a private letter, and to my not knowing (nor iny Lord) the person whom it concerned:
But; Sir, now tbat I am so happy as to have that knowledge; I dare affure you; that nothing Mall ever issue from me bút favouring of all honour, ea steem dnd reverencë both tổ yourself and that worthy production of yours: if I had the Vanity to give myself reputation by entering the lists in publick with so eminent and learned a man as you are, yet I know right well, I am 120 ways able to do it; it would be as
very unequal progress: I pretend not to learning ; those sender notions I have are but disjointed pieces I have by chance gleaned up here and there... To encounter such a finewy opposite, or make animadversions upon so smart a piece as yours is, requireth a more solid stock and exercise in school-learning. My superficial besprinkling will serve only for a private letter, or a familiar discourse with lady-auditors. With longing I expect the coming abroad of the true copy of that book, whose false and stolen one hath already given me so much delight. And so afsuring you I Mall deem it a great good fortune to deserve your favour and friendship, I kiss your hand and rest, Winchester Your most humble fervant, house.
KENELM DIGBY. 16426