Letter 2812

Samuel Smith to Hans Sloane – April 9, 1702

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Date: April 9, 1702
Author: Samuel Smith
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4038
Folio: f. 323

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A man from the country who had an article in the Philosophical Transactions has a letter for Sloane. Smith saw William Derham, who had received a letter from Sloane. Smith had left a note at ‘Childs’ to meet Sloane, but there was a mix up and they did not meet.

Samuel Smith apprenticed to the book trade in 1675 and was indentured to the bookseller Samuel Gellibrand followed by Moses Pitt. Smith joined the Stationers Company and became freeman of the company and then freeman of the city of London in 1682. Smith published the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions from the beginning of his career and he and his partner Benjamin Walford were officially named ‘printers to the Royal Society’ in 1693 (Marja Smolenaars, Ann Veenhoff, Smith, Samuel (bap. 1658, d. 1707), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/63289, accessed 27 June 2013]).

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