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- Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893.
[Manuscript] 1888 March, "Prayer of Cleanthus the Stoic" / John Addington Symonds.
The translation reads, "Lead--me God, and thou fate the daughter of God/ Whithersoever I am by you appointed to go:/ For I will follow unreluctant; and yet, should I refuse,/ Through Cowardice or sin upgrown in me, none the less shall I surely follow." Symonds is known as the author of Studies of the Greek Poets (1873) as well as his translations and books about Italian sculptors Michelangelo and Benvenuto Cellini. Symonds also authored books about Greek ethics, Shakespeare, and Dante, and coauthored Sexual Inversion (1897) with Havelock Ellis, and Our life in the Swiss highlands (1892) with his daughter Margaret.
- Symonds, Margaret, 1869-1925.
[Letter] 1895 July 24, Davos Platz (Switzerland) [to] Mr. Hall / Margaret Symonds.
Symonds is responding to Hall's query regarding the translation of the Prayer of Cleanthes (Stoic philosopher) he received from her father, John Addington Symonds, who translated classical works. Margaret states that the translation of this prayer on her father's grave appears also in his Greek Poets and that he probably translated it several times in different styles. She mentions that her father always maintained that some of his best literary friends lived in America, and she also refers to an acquaintance with Robert Louis Stevenson and Duff Gordon. Margaret Symonds herself wrote Out of the Past (1925) which contains an account of Janet Catherine Symonds by Mrs. Walter Leaf, and she co-authored Our Life in the Swiss highlands (1892) with her father.
- Verrall, Margaret de Gaudrion Merrifield, d. 1916.
[Letter] 1908 [to] Walter / M. de G. Verrall [Margaret de Gaudrion Merrifield Verrall].
Remarking that she has been looking over translations of The Iliad xxiii, Verrall lists two points for Walter to consider regarding the meaning of phrases describing the threshold of Hades. Verrall states. "I don't for a moment deny that 'differences of age & place' are 'represented in the Homeric poems.'" But she then asserts that she would like The Iliad xxiii (65-85) to be consistent with itself and with The Odyssey xi (51-83).
- Wallis, John, 1616-1703.
[Letter] 1697 July 1, Oxford [to] [Isaac Newton] / Johannes Wallis.
The note states that this is an important letter from Wallis to Newton with an enclosed long message from Leibniz regarding the Calculus which was discovered independently by both Newton and Leibniz. The note explains that "Newton's claim to priority is based partly on interpretation of two difficult sentences (described by him as an anagram) sent in a letter to Leibniz. Newton kept this 'anagram' a secret for many years, but ultimately divulged it to Wallis, at the latter's urgent request, and it was through Wallis that the public first heard of Newton's discovery." Wallis' Arithmetica Infinitorum (1655) contained the kernel of differential calculus which pre-dated both men's interest in the subject. A natural philosopher and mathematician, Newton made contributions to the fields of optics, mechanics, and astronomy, inventing the first reflecting telescope in 1669. He was also interest in alchemy and theology, and had corresponded with Leibniz in 1676 regarding calculus and infinite series. His master-work, Principia mathematica was published in 1687, after which time he worked for the Royal Mint.
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