Philip Rose to Hans Sloane – December 11, 1726
Item infoDate: December 11, 1726 Author: Philip Rose Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4048 Folio: ff. 235-236
British Library, London
Patronage, Scholarship, Trade or Commodities
Books, Booksellers, Debts, Medical Practice, Real Estate, Recommendations, War
Date (as written)
December 11, 1726
Origin (as written)
honorble Sr Hans
I have waitted a good while for a Book neatly Bound of a second Edition on The small pox, with some additions, to confirm further The usefullnes of inoculation. But Mr Curl the Bookseller, hath used so many Delays, that I thought you would not find fault with me in sending you a stich’d one, till I have got another, which I am promised I shall have some day The next week, fitter to come into yr hands. mean time sr you may give yr self The trouble to peruse The addenda and if they meet with yr approbation , I shall be very much pleased.
I have above a hundred pounds due to me, and the best part upon Bond, I have treated several patients, upon Credit, but hitherto, They did not come off. I have a House at Twickenham, which I have tryed to sell, for these two years last past, but did not succeed in it; so that, my hope is to dispose of it, next spring though at a Loss. My wiffe was in that house all the Last somer; she had some Boarders, who did basely run away in her Debt. By This account, Sr Hans, you may guess to what streights I am brought to. As you have been so kind as to favour me with yr patronage, so my most humble Request to you is, to afford me with yr Best advice and assistance all what I can propose to my self, for the present, is, that if Sr Hans would be pleased to take This present Low Condition of mine, into Consideration and amongst his Friends and Acquaintance, make a purse of fifteen or twenty Guineas, That would keep me out of The Tiry [?] Tryal, and enable me to spin The Time Till Those that are in my Debt, did pay me, and till I have disposed of My Twickenham House.
If a Warr should happen, I don’t despair, but through yr interest, I might get into some employment. if no warr, I humbly conceive, that through yr powerfull Recommendation, I might be admitted into some Noble Family, as a Domestick Physician. All These schemes, I most earnestly recommend to Sr Hans’s most wise judgement, by which I am fully resolved to be throughly Governd.
Sr Hans, I have no more to add, but to wish you a firm and Lasting Health, that you may continue Long in a Florishing state, to The joy of yr Relations, Friends, and of such as are Distress’d. which is the Hearty prayer of
Honble Sr Hans
yr most Devoted, most
obedient, and most obliged
Decemb. the 11th. 1726.
Philip Rose was admitted a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in 1691. In 1728 he was forgiven 12 pounds owed to the College (http://munksroll.rcplondon.ac.uk/Biography/Details/3854).