Samuel Dale to Hans Sloane – April 12, 1698
Item infoDate: April 12, 1698 Author: Samuel Dale Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4037 Folio: ff. 57-58
Dale thanks Sloane for sending him a number of specimens and a book of miscellaneous tracts, but laments that the explanatory letter Sloane usually includes with specimens appears to have gone missing. The package was open when Dale received it. Dale asks about the specimens in light of the missing letter and for additional Jamaican plant specimens for an upcoming paper he hopes to deliver.
Samuel Dale was an apothecary, botanist, and physician who contributed several articles to the Philosophical Transactions. He was John Ray’s executor and good friend, and from Dale’s letters to Sloane we learn many details of Ray’s final moments (G. S. Boulger, Dale, Samuel (bap. 1659, d. 1739), rev. Juanita Burnby, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/7016, accessed 5 July 2013]).