Tobie Matthew Letter To Francis Bacon



Most honourable Lord :

It may please your Lordship, there was with me this day one Mr. Richard White, who hath spent some little time at Florence, and is now gone into England. He tells me, that Galileo had answered your discourse concerning the flux and reflux of the sea, and was sending it unto me; but that Mr. White hindered him, because his answer was grounded upon a false supposition, namely, that there was in the ocean a full sea but once in twenty-four hours. But now I will call upon Galileo again. This Mr. White is a discreet and understanding gentleman, though he seem a little soft, if not slow; and he hath in his hands all the works, as I take it, of Galileo, some printed, and some unprinted. He hath his discourse of the flux and reflux of the sea, which was never printed; as also a discourse of the mixture of metals. Those which are printed in his hand are these : the Nuncius sidereus; the Macchie solarie, and a third Delle Cose, che stanno su I'acqua, by occasion of a disputation that was amongst learned men in Florence about which Archimendes wrote de insidentibus humido.
I have conceived that your Lordship would not be sorry to see these discourses of that man, and therefore I have thought it belonging to my service to your Lordship to give him a letter of this date, though it will not be there as soon as this.......I most humbly do your Lordship reverence.
Your Lordship's most obliged servant,

Tobie Matthew


Brussels, from my
bed, the 4th of
April, 1610

Note that this was the year Vanini was executed. Was this the reason that Mr. White was carrying all of Galileo's work into England?--Antoinette Mann Paterson