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!

Random Letter


[fol. 259]
Honourable Sir
I take this first Post, to return most humble Thanks for the Favour your Honour was pleas’d to shew me, which I shall ever acknowledge with the utmost gratitude. This singular Instance of your Goodness has encouraged me to presume (upon the death of Dr. Bull late Physician to Coll. Strangeways) humbly to beg a Line of Recommendation to his Honour, of my competent ability for Practising. I am very sensible, Sir, how great a favour: I desire and if by it I have incurr’d your displeasure, with all submission crave pardon for my boldness. Only adding that to have to Honour of being introduced to his Notice by so Illustrious a Person, will probably at this juncture be highly advantageous to the Improving my Infant reputation lay me under the strictest endeavours, by my Care and Fidelity to deserve that Character: and to own you for my particular Patron and my self your Creature. Sir, I am with all possible Duty and Veneration
Your Honours most Obedient
and most Humbly Devoted
Richard Wright
Sherborn Sept: 28 1724

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Pages digitised
4,545 Document summaries
Documents transcribed
1,527 Medical Cases


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