His writing apparatus - a noctograph - lay before him, and he kept his ivory style in his hand to jot down notes as the reading progressed.
The facts that he used to walk with Bacon at Gorhambury, and would jot down with exceptional intelligence the eager thinker's sudden " notions," and that he was employed to make the Latin version of some of the Essays, prove nothing when weighed against his own disregard of all Bacon's principles, and the other evidence that the impulse to independent thinking came to him not from Bacon, and not till some time after Bacon's death in 1626.1 So far as we have any positive evidence, it was not before the year 1629 that Hobbes entered on philosophical inquiry.
Since He said thus- ` Heaven and earth shall pass away: one jot or one tittle shall not pass away from the law ' (cf.
I never lost a jot of my delight in this great park.
Usually I jot down what I can remember of them when I get home.
On returning home in the evening he would jot down in his notebook four or five necessary calls or appointments for certain hours.