FAQ

Isaac Newton circa 1726.

Frequently Aſked Queſtions

Can the author be contacted directly?
Yes.

Do you intend to offer Principia anywhere else but Amazon, and in any format but Kindle?
Yes. If there is a file format you would prefer, or a site you would like to see Principia sold through, please let me know!

You keep referring to Lennon as an “American,” but the United States of America does not exist in 1685. Shouldn’t he be referred to as a “Colonial?”
I have been referring to the Oxford English Dictionary on questions of anachronistic language. According to the OED, “American,” defined as “belonging to the British colonies in North America,” is attested as early as 1647. “Colonial,” defined as “of, belonging to, or relating to a colony, or (spec.) the British colonies,” is not attested prior to the 18th Century. If it was being used in this context at an earlier date, the OED is unaware of it.

Was there really a Densmore College at the University of Cambridge, dedicated to occult studies?
No. Densmore College is part of a long literary tradition of fictional Cambridge colleges.

In The Strange Affair of Canter’s Yon, it takes Lennon and Delapore three days to travel 90 miles by horse-drawn carriage. Would it really take so long?
Quite possibly. I’m taking a lot from Thomas Babington Macaulay’s The History of England from the Accession of James II. According to Macaulay, the state of the roads in 17th Century Britain was simply atrocious. The repair of the roads was relegated to the rural peasantry who lived along the roads, and they bore the cost; the towns that depended on the roads for trade paid nothing. Tolls were established during the Restoration to pay for maintenance of the roads, but the English people resented the new tax and tore down the toll bars. The situation wasn’t rectified until the next century.

What is the deal with using an “f” instead of an “s?”
That’s not an “f” — it’s an “ſ,” a long s.

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