Recounting the Life of Sir William Petty (1623-1687) Through a Fictionalized Correspondence. An Experiment in Historical Imagination

Author: Jordan, Thomas E.
Year:2016
Pages:352
ISBN:1-4955-0511-1
978-1-4955-0511-9
Price:239.95
An extraordinary work of both fact and fiction comprising correspondence to family and friends in the 17th century by Sir William Petty representing a true biography of his life and a reflection of the historical circumstances of his time.

Reviews

“This work represents the fictionalized form of exchanges of letters among the cognoscenti highlight episodes in the life of Sir. William Perry M.D., F.R.S., a remarkable man in the seventeenth century, born into modest circumstances. Perry enjoyed the company of great figures of his era, Robert Hooke, Isaac Newton and other distinguished men.”
-Professor Stephen D. Spinner

“A man of science and mathematics, this book is important precisely because it details his life experiences…It takes a storytelling approach and reads like a novel. The book is developed upon the achievements of a man born into modest circumstances who accomplished much.”
-Professor Glen Reynolds,
University of Sunderland


Table of Contents

Foreword by Stephen D. Spinner
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapters:
1. People
2. 1648 Samuel Hartlib to Benjamin Worsley – A Useful Young Man
3. 1650 Thomas Hobbes to John Thruloe – Wetting W. Perry
4. 1650 John Thuloe to Oliver Cromwell – A Second Report
5. 1657 Thomas Taylor to William Brouncker – Ethics Groups
6. 1662 William Petty to Thomas Hobbes – Vision
7. 1663 Samuel Pepys: Dairy Entries
8. 1664 John Clotworthy to William Brouncker – Whining
9. 1665 William Brouncker to John Clotworthy – Rejection
10. 1665 John Thurloe to James Stuart – Longitude
11. 1667 Benjamin Worsley to Sir Robert Southwell – Malevolence
12. 1667 Cashio Brown to William Perry – Ghosts
13. 1668 William Petty to Merson Mersenne – Drogheda
14. 1668 George Villiers to James Butler – Admiralty Court
15. 1669 Merson Mersenne to William Petty – Le Marais
16. 1671 John Evelyn to Christopher Wren – A Nasty Matter
17. 1672 Elizabeth Petty to Francesca Petty – Complaints
18. 1678 Thomas Flood to William Petty – Heartburn
19. 1679 William Petty to John Petty – In Prison
20. 1680 William Petty to John Evelyn – Poem
21. 1681 William Petty to John Aubrey – Nell Gwynne
22. 1682 William Petty to Christopher Wren – The Down Survey
23. 1683 William Molyneux to Robert Boyle – An Invention
24. 1686 -87 William Petty to Robert Southwell – Stirrings
25. 1650 William Perry’s Journal
1680 – Reflections
26. 1682 William Petty to John Aubrey – A Kerry Story
27. 1682 William Perry to Robert Southwell – A Report
28. 1683 William Petty to Samuel Pepys – Obsession
29. 1685 Jams Waller to William Petty – Danger
30. 1687 Seamus Mullarkey to Liam O’Brien – Chance
31. 1687 Willian Petty to John Aubrey – Follow The Money
32. 1687 William Petty to Merson Mersenne – The Crusader
33. 1687 William Petty to John Aubrey – Why
34. 1687 Robert Southwell to Elizabeth Petty – Condolences
35. 1688 Charles Petty to Edward Southwell – Sad News
36. 1688 William Molyneux to Robert Southwell – Flora and Fauna
37. 1688 William Petty to Thomas Sprat
1670 Prudence Mather
38. 1688 Thomas Taylor to Thomas Sprat- The Richelieu of Crime
39. 1670 William Petty to William Brouncker – The Wigwam
40. 1689 Thomas Taylor to John Aubrey – Metachronic
Appendix A – Disease, Demography, And Death
Introduction
John Graunt and His World
Publication
The New Learning
Procedures
Health
Diseases
Therapy
Inferences
Discussion
Notes
References