A Letter Concerning Toleration: Latin and English Texts by John Locke, Mario Montuori

By John Locke, Mario Montuori

Limborch's version and Popple's translation, as on if it is precise that Popple translated the Epistola into English 'a l'insu de Mr Locke', and for that reason even if Locke was once wrong or right in announcing that the interpretation used to be made 'without my privity'. lengthy learn into files hitherto unpublished, or little recognized, or badly used, has persuaded me that Locke not just knew that Popple had undertaken to translate the Gouda Latin textual content, but additionally that Locke Popple's paintings very heavily, or even that the second one English variation of 1690 was once edited by way of Locke himself. In those situations it doesn't appear attainable to talk of an unique textual content, that during Latin, and an English translation; particularly they're diverse models of Locke's ideas on Toleration. The accusations of unreliability levelled at Popple for this reason fall to the floor, and the Latin and English texts gather equivalent rights to our belief, due to the fact they either deserve a similar position between Locke's works. hence the expression 'without my privity', which a few humans had visible as revealing an innate weak spot in Locke's ethical personality, reacquires its specific that means: attesting to Locke's profound modesty and integrity.

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Other small modifications or corrections are not mentioned in the notes. They do not prejudice the fidelity of the text. I have abstained from correcting the frequent liberties taken by Locke with grammar and syntax, nor have I thought it necessary to refer to them in the notes. What good would it do? Locke's Latin, we know, was not faultless,£ll but we are interested in how Locke wrote, and not how he should or could have written. In the margins I have given the page numbers of LG and ML. The reader will therefore have in front of bim at one and the same time this edition, the variants between it and the editions of Limborch and Hollis, and the page-numbers of LG and HL.

I. To the Reader. [3] In r690 Locke was well established in Churchill's printing house. Immediately after the first edition of the Letter, there came from Churchill's presses, in the space of a very few months, the Two Treatises of Governement, then the second corrected edition of the Letter (there is in fact a mention of the Two Treatises in the list of Books lately printedfor Awnsham Churchill added at the end of the Letter, second edition) and finally the Second Letter concerning Toleration, which bears for the first time, beside the name of Awnsham, that of his heir and successor, John Churchill.

VIII. XXXI Introduction not unconnected with the translation. O ] That afterwards Locke stated that this translation was made 'without his privity', is another question. [2] However this declaration is disproved by other evidence which can be deduced from the Locke-Limborch correspondence. I have already said that in a letter dated 6th May 1689 Limborch gave Locke the news that the Epistola had been published. D ] In the same letter Limborch promised to urge the booksellers to send copies of the Epistola and of De Pace Ecclesiastica by Samuel Strimesius to England as soon as possible; but that in the meantime he was trying to send Locke a few copies of both books by the first ship leaving for London.

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