Welcome to Sloane Letters Online

sloaneA 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 Letter

Author: Hans Sloane
Recipient: William Reading

[fol. 148] Sion College London March 12 1723/4 Honoured Sir, 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 health. I am Sir y’r most humble serv’t Wm Reading Library Keeper
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4,545 Document summaries
Documents transcribed
1,527 Medical Cases


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