Welcome to The Sloane Letters Project

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 renamed The Sloane Letters Project when it moved to 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).

So far, we have entered descriptions and metadata for Sloane MSS 4036-4053 and 4075, as well as several letters from each of the following: Sloane MSS 4054-4055, 4066, 4068-4069 and 4076. Several of these entries also include transcriptions. Further entries and transcriptions are being made available gradually.

Please, explore the website and database. You can search through the letters, learn about Sir Hans Sloane or the letters written to him, and peruse blog posts about interesting letters!

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MonSr. Dec. 6. 1713. S. V.
Je vous suis infiniment oblige de toutes vos bontes et pendant vostre sejour icy et apres vostre retour a Paris, ou je vois par des lettres qu j’ay eu l’honneur de receuon de MonSr. L’Abbe de Bignon que vous n’estiez pas fasche de mon comportement a vostre egard. Mes occupations continuelles m’empechent de vous traiter comme vous meritiez vous meme & comme l’ami d’une personne a qui j’ai toutes les obligations possibles je seray ravi de trouver des occasions à vous les temoigner. Je vous aurais plustot ecrit mais je n’avais pas occasion de vous envoyer ma lettre j’en ai d’autres pretes es cachetées depuis longtemps aucune que je suis obligé de garder faute d’occasion. May jespere que les portes sera bientot establie & je serai extremement aise que vous vouliez me procurer le moyen de vous rendre Service. Il y a une chose dans l’appelle[?] vous mobligerez beaucoup c’est de presenter mes tres humbles respects & services a MonSr. Le Duc D’Aumont & de luy marquer la joye que je viens[?] d’apprendre qu’il estait arrivé a Paris en bonne santé apres son voyage d’Angleterre & avoir passe


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