Letter 2540

David Wilkins to Hans Sloane – January 14, 1721/22

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Date: January 14, 1721/22
Author: David Wilkins
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4046
Folio: f. 180

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[fol. 180] Lambeth House Jan.ry 14th 1721/22 Honoured Sr My Proposals for printing Selden’s Works being gone to the Press & I disappointed in my Design of paying my Respects to You, yesterday morning at Man’s Coffee House, beg leave to renew my Respect to You for the Honour of Your Instructions in my Undertaking. The Variety of Your Affairs, Sir, & my Attendance on His Grace makes me Covetous of Time, & yet very desirous to have Your Commands, on what Day, Hour & Place after Munday) I can be so happy as to wait upon You for to lay my Design of Selden before You. Hoping for the Honour of a Line from you I am Honoured Sr Your most obedient and Humble Servant Dd Wilkins

Wilkins was a scholar, specializing in Coptic studies. His work on Seldon is characterized as “careless” while his other output mostly involved copying and compiling (Alastair Hamilton, Wilkins, David (16851745), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/29417, accessed 31 Aug 2011]).

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