Letter 2385

Carl Gyllenborg to Hans Sloane – March 24, 1720

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Date: March 24, 1720
Author: Carl Gyllenborg
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4045
Folio: f. 308

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Gyllenborg informs Sloane that Count Tessin has been sent by the Swedish King ‘to be acquainted with all persons of worth and learning in your country’. He asks that Sloane treat the man well and attests to his character. Count Carl Gyllenborg (1679-1746) was a Swedish playwright and statesman. He studied at Uppsala University, served in the army, and was stationed at the Swedish Embassy in London before being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1711. Gyllenborg’s wife, Sarah, had ties with the Jacobites and aroused the government’s suspicion in 1717. The pair were arrested for alleged involvement in a plot against the House of Hanover. Gyllenborg returned to Sweden, working at the universities of Lund and Uppsala until his death (https://collections.royalsociety.org/DServe.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Show.tcl&dsqDb=Persons&dsqPos=0&dsqSearch=%28Surname%3D%27gyllenborg%27%29).

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