John Woodward to Hans Sloane – June 21, 1698
Item infoDate: June 21, 1698 Author: John Woodward Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4037 Folio: f. 87
[fol. 87] Sr I was here to wait upon yu in Order to mu Admission as Candidate. Your humble servt. Woodward 21. June 98.
Woodward was a physician, natural historian and antiquary who expounded a theory of the earth in which fossils were creatures destroyed by the biblical flood. This embroiled him in a controversy in which he was opposed by John Ray, Edward Llwyd, Martin Lister, and Tancred Robinson (J. M. Levine, “Woodward, John (1665/1668-1728)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/29946, accessed 17 June 2011]).