Elizabeth Tothill to Hans Sloane – August 14, 1722
Item infoDate: August 14, 1722 Author: Elizabeth Tothill Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4046 Folio: ff. 282-283
(f. 283r) Sr: all tho you are unknown to me by person yet your undeniable Judgment and good suckses in physick give me a very satisfacry knowlidge of your wonderfull meritt sr: wee have now a son at Westminster scooll which is a very dear dearling child to us wee are the more fearfull of his health by reson wee have been very un happy in baring four sons which put us uppon any illness under afar greater concern than I can expres or any one be a Judge of unles it be aparant who knows the value of children: sr: I am recomended to you by worthy dear Lady Tipping for his phision if ill which favourd (f. 282v) I humbly beg you to grant me so as to take him in to your compasinat and affecinat cear as a youth far from his own family and sr: both Mr: Tothills and my grattud shall attend you in the most perticullers manner affecinat parants can show Mr Tothill and presents you his humble seravuice as doth Sr: the favour of Sr: a line from you would your very humble searvaunt be a very great pleasure to Eliz: Tothhill me Bangor August ye 14 1722 be pleased for to Derect for me at Bangor to be left at the post office in Ashbourtown. Devon.
Though Tothill does not know Sloane personally she is very aware of his reputation. She has a son at Westminster School. The boy is sick and she is worried. Her four sons have all suffered from childhood illnesses. Lady Tippin recommended Sloane and Tothill hopes he will treat her son. Her husband approves of consulting Sloane and offers his service in thanks. Sloane’s reply is to be sent to ‘the post office in Ashbourtown Devon’.
The second page is written cross-wise.
The envelope has two postal marks, including one for Ashburton. There is also the mark left by a black wax seal.
Name: Mr. Mr Tothill
Much-loved child is at school in Westminster. The child does not appear to be unhealthy yet, but Mrs Tothill hopes they can call on Sloane as his physician.
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