Letter 0944

Ralph Thoresby to Hans Sloane – August 16, 1704

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Date: August 16, 1704
Author: Ralph Thoresby
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4039
Folio: ff. 343-344

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Thoresby discusses numismatic scholarship and coin collecting. One of his coins is a ‘Runic Amulet of the God Thor’ and another is from Sweden, depicting Charles XI. He thanks Sloane for the Philosophical Transactions. He has come across a calculation that allows one to determine the date on which Easter falls. Thoresby asks that this calculation be given a place in the Philosophical Transactions, as he is ‘sure Infinity better deserves a place in the Transactions than anything’. He outlines his method in detail. Thoresby is sorry to hear that Abraham de la Pryme has died. Thoresby was an antiquary and topographer. He expanded his fathers Musaeum Thoresbyanum impressively, and his collection brought him into discussion with many important political and scholarly figures (P. E. Kell, Thoresby, Ralph (16581725), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2006 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/27334, accessed 27 June 2013]).

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