Letter 2740

John Woodward to Hans Sloane – June 21, 1698

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Date: June 21, 1698
Author: John Woodward
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4037
Folio: f. 87

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[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]).

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