In 1662, a 19 year old Isaac Newton wrote a list of all the sins he believed that he’d committed ‘before and after Whitsunday of that year’. They included:
Making pies on Sunday night
Threatning my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them.
Making a feather while on Thy day.
Denying that I made it.
Putting a pin in Iohn Keys hat on Thy day to pick him.
Striving to cheat with a brass halfe crowne.
Having uncleane thoughts words and actions and dreamese.
Wishing death and hoping it to some
Denying my chamberfellow of the knowledge of him that took him for a sot.
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(Pic: portrait of Isaac Newton by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1689)