Letter 1919

John Arbuthnot to Hans Sloane – October 2, 1713

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Date: October 2, 1713
Author: John Arbuthnot
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4043
Folio: ff. 187-188

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Arbuthnot informs Sloane that a clergyman named Mr Berkley is traveling to Sicily with Lord P. He would like to know if Berkley can do anything for the Royal Society during his trip. Arbuthnot was a physician and satirist most famous for his John Bull pamphlets which led to the character becoming a national symbol (Angus Ross, Arbuthnot , John (bap. 1667, d. 1735), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/610, accessed 14 June 2011]).

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