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 Reading
Sion College London
March 12 1723/4
A Specimen of the Catalogue
of Sion Library has, I hope, been
communicated to you by Mr Becket
Surgeon. The Book is now printed,
and I am drawing up a List of
Subscribers, wch I intend to put into
the Printers hands next Week. I
presume to consult you Sir, if you
have room at the College of
Physicians, or Royal Society to
take a Copy. Last time I called, Sir,
at your House, you were sick in
Bed. I hope you have now better
y’r most humble
Read more- Letter 3015