A stolen Descartes manuscript

This week we are starting Descartes’s Meditations in my Introduction to Philosophy course.

One of the wonderful things about the Internet is its enabling us easily to see things like Descartes’s original handwriting. Here is a letter he wrote, dated 27 May 1641:


The letter is in French and was written to Marin Mersenne about the soon-to-be-published Meditations. The letter has had some mysterious travels, having been stolen in the 1840s and ending up across the Atlantic in the library collection of Haverford College. More information here.

A related post of mine: Who is the real father of modern philosophy?