James Yonge to Hans Sloane – December 10, 1711
Item infoDate: December 10, 1711 Author: James Yonge Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4043 Folio: ff. 16-18
British Library, London
Collections, Library, Medical, Royal Society, Scholarship, Scientific
Animals, Illustrations, Prescriptions, Seals, Specimens
Date (as written)
December 10, 1711
Origin (as written)
Gertrude Copley (nee Carew)
Yonge writes of a seal that was poached by fishermen. He asks whether Sloane has any information on the animal. Yonge plans on showing it to Sloane, should the specimen make it to London. He sends ‘the Case of the dropsy women’ for Sloane to read. A silhouette of a seal is enclosed: fol. 18. James Yonge was a surgeon and physician of Plymouth with experience as a ship’s surgeon. He was a prominent citizen in his native Plymouth and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1702 (Ian Lyle, Yonge, James (16471721), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/30225, accessed 20 May 2011]).
Name: Lady Gertrude Copley (nee Carew)
Copley expelled 'a crude watery slime' when she was vomited.
Lady Copley was purged twice and given a prescription.
After expelling the fluid in her stomach she started to recover.
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