Welcome to Sloane Letters Online
A pilot of this project, Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online, was first launched at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 to coincide with the 350th anniversary of Sir Hans Sloane’s birth. The project was relaunched as Sloane Letters Online at this site in 2016.
The correspondence of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) consists of thirty-eight volumes held at the British Library, London: MSS 4036-4069, 4075-4078. The letters are a rich source of information about topics such as scientific discourse, collections of antiquities, curiosities and books, patients’ illnesses, medical treatments and family history. Most of the letters were addressed to Sloane, but a few volumes were addressed to others (MSS 4063-4067) or written by Sloane (MSS 4068-4069).
Currently, the project contains letter summaries for all of Sloane MSS 4037 and 4075, most of Sloane MSS 4038-4041 and some of Sloane MSS 4036, 4042-4044. Several of these entries also include transcriptions. Further entries and transcriptions are being made available gradually.
Random LetterAuthor: Hans Sloane
Recipient: William Swan
[fol. 134] August 29th 92 Sr The Queen has sent orders to have as much Physick provided as shall be necessary for 4000 Men: It is to be got ready wth all speed possible, you are therefore desired to meey at ye College this day at three in ye afternoon Yor humble servt Wm Swan
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