In His Own Hand
When the London doctor, John Bevis, reported to the Royal Society in 1753 that he had unearthed in the Macclesfield library at Shirburn an original letter from Gascoigne to William Oughtred, he could not have imagined that the letter would not resurface for almost another century. But that is indeed how things turned out. It was a pity, because, beyond a handful of astronomical measurements, Bevis quoted nothing from the nine-page long letter. Nor did he mention that this was the second letter to Oughtred from the Yorkshire astronomer and that the first letter too was in the library.