Briefest of Lives

Charles Cowling

 
 

Here is the entire brief life of Dr Richard Stokes:

Scholar to Sir William Oughtred for Mathematiques (Algebra). Made himself mad with it, but became sober again, but I feare like a crackt glasse. Became Roman Catholique. Married unhappily at Liège, dog and catt, etc. Became a sotte. Dyed in Newgate, prisoner for debt, April 1681.

John Aubrey, Brief Lives, 1693

6 thoughts on “Briefest of Lives

  1. Charles Cowling
    Ariadne

    …but I feare lie a crackt glasse….

    Ah yes. Wonderful.


    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Evelyn

    You’re right – witless, foolish, drunkard…


    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    gloria mundi

    Well thanks for the clarification, but the other meaning of “sotte” or “sot” is drunkard, isn’t it? So…I’ll get back to you on that when I’ve checked a few local opinions…


    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling
    Evelyn

    Sotte=numbskull=Dr Stokes, not Gloria…


    Charles Cowling
  5. Charles Cowling
    gloria mundi

    Lives don’t come much briefer, yet less is more. How eloquent! How sad. “dog and catt etc.”


    Charles Cowling

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