Welcome to The Sloane Letters Project
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 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.
Mr James Petiver
I was this Day
at the naggs head expecting to see
you; for the better accomplishment
of yor expectations the Quires of
Brown paper [wt?] vials for insects
may come in tyme providing they
be sent on Thursday first, should
be glad to see you in order to
Drink the health of yor Friends
abroad, excuse the hurry of busi=ness
on Departure, shall per=forme
God willing, what may be
hop’d by yor health & life allowing
if there be any o yr Commds shall
be very acceptable to
thank you for yor Kind Sir
Yor most humble servtt
Last # London Jary 28 17’
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