It is hardly a fortuitous circumstance that the leading figures
of this nuclear group of the Royal Society were divines or eminently religious
men, though it is not quite accurate to maintain, as did Dr. Richardson
that the beginnings of the Society occurred in a small group of learned
men among whom Puritan divines predominated. But it is quite clearly
true that the originative spirits of the Society were markedly influenced
by Puritan conceptions (1968, p. 638).