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Sir Isaac Newton: Letter to Robert Boyle

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8537

Scope and Contents

A letter from Sir Isaac Newton to Robert Boyle, 28 February 1679, regarding the cause of gravitation. The letter is a file copy written in the hand of Newton's amanuensis. There are corrections and additions by Newton, who has signed the letter at the end.


  • Creation: 1679


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1 item(s) (1 letter)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letter was sold with the Newton Papers at Sotheby's in 1936. Received by the University Library from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.

Related Materials

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to Sir Isaac Newton, MSS.Add.2768/14, 3958-3980, 3982-3990, 3993, 3995, 3997, 3998, 4000 and 4002-4007 and 9597, and two letters of Robert Boyle, MS.Add.8524, one of which is addressed to Newton.


The letter is no. 3284 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 333.
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