Author: P. Gorissen


Although no fewer than 8,500 letters from Constantijn Huygens's large correspondence are known, many thousands more have gone astray, among them a letter in print, originally received on 25 November 1649 and sent to Huygens by a friend in London, Charles de Beauvais. Other items of this correspondence, which spans the years between about 1622 and about 1661, reflect Beauvais's endeavours, from 1648 onwards, to leave his native society, that of the Walloons in London, for the Dutch Republic, where he had formerly been a scholar at Leiden University. The printed letter of 1649 is one of his attempts to persuade Huygens to find him a position in Holland. It is a genuine letter, but at the same time it is a eulogy to Francis

In: Quaerendo