34. Observations on Bold’s papers (1698)
MS Locke c.27, fols 147r-150v. Edward Stillingfleet, Bishop of Worcester, and Robert Jenkin were especially offended by Locke’s suggestion about the possibility of thinking matter. Samuel Bold defended Locke’s views on this point, and also Locke’s concept of knowledge that is based on the perception of the agreement or disagreement of ideas, in a manuscript that he sent to Locke for comments. Locke’s comments have survived. Bold’s original manuscript is lost, but the printed version, in which he included most of Locke’s remarks, has survived, this is Some Considerations of the Principal Objections and Arguments Which Have Been Publish’d Against Mr. Lock’s Essay Of Humane Understanding (1699). A complete transcription of Locke’s remarks is given here (Locke’s reference to Stillingfleet’s First Reply is given in the outer margin). In the Appendix a transcription of Bold’s Some Considerations is given, with Locke’s remarks inserted at their approximate place.
 Locke’s Essay was attacked by Edward Stillingfleet, Bishop of Worcester in three publications (the Vindication, published 1696, the First Answer, published 1697, and the Second Answer, also published 1697) and by Robert Jenkin, The Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion (1698). Both were especially angered by Locke’s views on the possibility of thinking matter. Locke’s friend, Samuel Bold (1649-1737), rector of Steeple in the Isle of Purbeck, wrote a defence of Locke’s position on this point, and also defended his concept of knowledge that is based on the perception of the agreement or disagreement of ideas. He sent the manuscript to Locke for comments. In his letter of 10 September 1698 he informs Locke that he has sent him ‘two sheets (which is all I can transcribe timely enough to send by my neighbour, by whom I send this) to mr Churchill, with my desire to Him, to deliver them to you’ (see ). Locke produced a list of corrections and remarks, MS Locke c.27, fols 147r-150v, ‘Observations on Mr Bolds papers Dec 98’. Most remarks by Locke were used for the final version of Bold’s defence, i.e. the printed version, Some Considerations of the Principal Objections and Arguments Which Have Been Publish’d Against Mr. Lock’s Essay Of Humane Understanding (1699). Bold’s manuscript was lost, but the printed final text has survived. The editors first present a complete transcription of Locke’s ‘Observations’, followed by a complete trancription of Bold’s printed text in the appendix, Some Considerations, with the remarks by Locke that could be placed with reasonable confidence at specific points in Bolds printed text, giving the reader the possibility of checking if and how Bold used Locke’s remarks.
 The manuscript is endorsed by Locke as ‘Observations on Mr Bolds papers Dec 98’ (see MS Locke c.27, fols 147r-150v ). Bold had sent his manuscript to Locke by 10 September 1698 (see ); this forms the terminus a quo for the date of Locke’s ‘Observations’ on this manuscript.
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