Letter 4551

Dr. Hans Sloane to Mr. John Ray – January 31, 1684/5


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Date: January 31, 1684/5
Author: Dr. Hans Sloane
Recipient: Mr. John Ray

Library: The Correspondence of John Ray: Consisting of Selections from the Philosophical Letters Published by DR. Derham and Original Letters of John Ray, in the Collection of the British Museum
Manuscript: The Correspondence of John Ray: Consisting of Selections from the Philosophical Letters Published by DR. Derham and Original Letters of John Ray, in the Collection of the British Museum
Folio: pp. 159 - 160



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SIR,-I should be of the mind, that to supersede the

use of botanic authors, and make your history everyway

complete, it would be necessary to mention all the varie-

ties of the Harts-tongues, for instance, to be found in any

catalogue or garden; and so of all other herbs; for it

will much please the humours of men, and the possessors

or admirers of such varieties may take it ill to have what

they esteem so much left out. Therefore, if at the end of

each species there were named all the variations, I think

it would not be amiss, especially considering it would

tend to the giving of a fuller history of the plant itself,

and that it may hinder mistakes.

I have two sorts of the Bangue, which were sent from

two several places of the East Indies: they both differ

much from our Hemp, although they seem to differ most

as to their magnitude; I do not in the least doubt but

these sorts of Bangue are those with which the Indians

use to provoke venery; the leaves, and all the plant, not

being carefully dried, makes a good description from them

impossible.

I have been told by several, that Muscelin (so much in

use here for cravats) and Calligo, and the most of the

Indian linens, are made of nettles, and I see not the least

improbability but that they may be made of the fibres of

them.

London, Jan. 31, [1684/5]

 

Edwin Lankester, ed. The Correspondence of John Ray: Consisting of Selections from the Philosophical Letters Published by Dr. Derham, and original letters of John Ray in the Collection of the British Museum (London: Printed for the Ray Society, 1848), pp. 159-160.

Letter destination presumed as Black Notley as Ray’s location in his prior and letter and response to Sloane is Black Notley. Ray was also considered not to have left Black Notley after 1679.

 




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