Letter 0541

Robert Southwell to Hans Sloane – December 2, 1698

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Date: December 2, 1698
Author: Robert Southwell
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4037
Folio: ff. 160-161

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Southwell writes that he was with Mr Montague, who heard all that happened on Wednesday last. Montague said he would ‘cultivate and excite my Lord in all that were needful’ and attend future Royal Society meetings. Southwell discusses the swearing in ceremony of the newly admitted and how one must sign one’s name in the book. Sir Robert Southwell was a diplomat and government official. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1662, and was elected president from 1690 to 1695 (Toby Barnard, Southwell, Sir Robert (16351702), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/26066, accessed 19 June 2013]).

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