Samuel Smith to Hans Sloane – December 28, 1706
Item infoDate: December 28, 1706 Author: Samuel Smith Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4040 Folio: ff. 281-282
Smith was told that Sloane has some money for Mrs Ray, which he is to get a receipt for and deliver.
Samuel Smith apprenticed to the book trade in 1675 and was indentured to the bookseller Samuel Gellibrand followed by Moses Pitt. Smith joined the Stationers Company and became freeman of the company and then freeman of the city of London in 1682. Smith published the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions from the beginning of his career and he and his partner Benjamin Walford were officially named ‘printers to the Royal Society’ in 1693 (Marja Smolenaars, Ann Veenhoff, Smith, Samuel (bap. 1658, d. 1707), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/63289, accessed 27 June 2013]).