Welcome to The Sloane Letters Project

sloaneA pilot of this project, Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online, was first launched at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 to coincide with the 350th anniversary of Sir Hans Sloane’s birth. The project was renamed The Sloane Letters Project when it moved to this site in 2016.

The correspondence of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) consists of thirty-eight volumes held at the British Library, London: MSS 4036-4069, 4075-4078.  The letters are a rich source of information about topics such as scientific discourse, collections of antiquities, curiosities and books, patients’ illnesses, medical treatments and family history. Most of the letters were addressed to Sloane, but a few volumes were addressed to others (MSS 4063-4067) or written by Sloane (MSS 4068-4069).

So far, we have entered descriptions and metadata for Sloane MSS 4036-4053 and 4075, as well as several letters from each of the following: Sloane MSS 4054-4055, 4066, 4068-4069 and 4076. Several of these entries also include transcriptions. Further entries and transcriptions are being made available gradually.

Please, explore the website and database. You can search through the letters, learn about Sir Hans Sloane or the letters written to him, and peruse blog posts about interesting letters!

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(f. 134) Madm My good Lord has benn so kind as to tell me I should wright you an acount of my unhappy complaints which is a mixture of pains all over me from head to futt in the furst place in my head neck shoulders in all my joynts with a great weakeness and soreness in them till I ame lame of my Anckls & feete & paunes me as bad in beed as when I stur about & my head is worst when laid. it trobls me much in my stumach & in my back till I know not how to rise when I am sett nor how to sett long it trouble me so not all these places at once but runs a bout some times worst in one place and somtimes in an other with faint cold sweets I have takne three purges & benn bluded but it dos noe good att all– turn over (f. 134v) it has binn upon me at time this 800 years but never left me since Xmas last not a weeke together I wish I had better helth to sence in my place better then now I am able this I hope you will be so kind as to tell ye docter This from your humble servant M Mayhew April ye 10th
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