A Brief Life Of Dr Stokes

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.

One of the briefest of John Aubrey’s Brief Lives, quoted in “Noticing Everything : A Celebration Of John Aubrey” in Traces Remain : Essays And Explorations by Charles Nicholl (2011).

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