David Wilkins to Hans Sloane – January 14, 1721/22
Item infoDate: January 14, 1721/22 Author: David Wilkins Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4046 Folio: f. 180
[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]).