I'm an amateur researcher studying Early Modern history. I'm particularly interested in the works of Hugo Grotius but I've found that that most of his writing have not been translated into English. I'm trying to learn how to translate Latin to give me access to more of his writings. So my first attempt is this letter he wrote to his brother in 1636. http://ckcc.huygens.knaw.nl/epistolarium/letter.html?id=groo001/2888 I'm starting with just the first few sentences. Here's my attempt (don't laugh): Good brother, We are grateful Losecaat arrived. We will give him care so that he sees himself to have relatives. . . I'm pretty confused about "optime ipsi volentes." I'm hoping to get some help. Thanks for your help.