HARTLIB, SAMUEL (c. 1600-1662) was born towards the beginning of the 17th century at Elbing in Prussia, his father being a refugee from Poland. His mother was English. About 1628 Hartlib came to England, public questions of the day. An enthusiastic admirer of Comenius, he published in 1637 his Conatum, Comenian0711M Prceludia, and in 1639 Comenii Pansophice Prodromus et Didactica Dissertatio. In 1641 appeared his Relation of that which hath been lately attempted to procure has been assigned as the probable year of his death, as the latest of his extant letters bears that date.
His other publications are the following : - Comiderations tending to England's Reformation in Church and State, 1647; Vindication of Mr John Durie, 1650; Twisse's Doubting Conscience Resolved, 1652; A true and ready way to learn the Latin Tongue, 1654; The Reformed Commonwealth of Bees, and the Reformed Virginan Silkworm., 1655; and The Compleat Husbandpurn, 1659. See Biographical Memoir of Samuel Hartlib, by H. Dircks, 1865 ; Gentleman's magazine, January 1802 ; Warton's Milton ; Harte's Agricultural Essays ; Donaldson's Agricultural Biography ; and Masson's Milton.