"I asked him where he had it made, he said he made it himself, & when I asked him where
he got his tools said he made them himself & laughing added if I had staid for other people
to make my tools & things for me... I had never made any thing..."
— Isaac Newton's recollection,
the year before he died, of having made the first reflecting telescope; recorded by his niece's husband,
John Conduitt, 31 August 1726
[Keynes MS 130.10, King's College, Cambridge, UK]