NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1727. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation,
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NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1727.
Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation,
Sold for US$ 18,750 inc. premium

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NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1727.
Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation, ink on paper, 1 p, 190 x 86 mm, containing 15 lines, with autograph emendations.
Provenance: Isaac Newton; Catherine Barton (1679–1739); by descent, sold Sotheby's, July 1936, lot 255, as part of the Portsmouth Papers, to bookseller Emmanuel Fabius.

RARE NEWTON MANUSCRIPT from his writings on the Book of Revelation (SL255.7 in the Portsmouth Papers), this portion numbered "6" and containing a lucid and subtle expression of the idea of mercy as a justice beyond satisfaction. A beautiful example of Newton as theologian, a role that recent scholarship has shown to be inextricable from his scientific genius, this manuscript begins with the idea that "We are commanded to forgive our enemies freely, & what God requires of us cannot be injustice in himself." Since God forgives freely, so, too, man deserves our forgiveness without necessary satisfaction of his punishment, "Satisfaction is not requisite in order to mercy ... There is a Satisfaction: but it consists rather in procuring God's merc appeasing God's wrath & procuring his mercy, then in enabling him to forgive out of justice." Beginning with the 1936 sale of the Portsmouth Papers, and continuing through the on-line publication of many of them through the Newton Project, interest in Newton's theological mind continues to expand.
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