John Burnet to Hans Sloane – April 7, 1725
Item infoDate: April 7, 1725 Author: John Burnet Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4047 Folio: ff. 333-334
British Library, London
Curiosity Reports, Government, Material Culture, Medical, Scientific, Trade or Commodities, Travel
Curiosities, Inoculation, Netherlands, Scientific Instruments, Smallpox, Spain, War
Date (as written)
April 7, 1725
Origin (as written)
Edmond Halley Sir John Eyles James Pym
James Pym is traveling to England and will relay news from the New World. Dr Halley has not returned Burnet’s friend’s quadrant. Burnet sends an account of a ‘Negro boy’ who had Mal de St Lazaro. He wonders whether ‘inoculateing the small pox on the Lazarens would not prove a Cure?’ Burnet was going to send curiosities with Pym, but could not get them packed up in time. The Spanish have sunk several Dutch ships. John Burnet worked for the South Sea Company in the West Indies and later served as the Physician to King Philip V of Spain.
Name: N/A Unnamed
Age:Between '12 or 14 years of Age'.
The patient was a 'Negro boy'. He had Mal de St Lazaro and smallpox. Further, 'four Large Imposthems one on each arm & one on each thigh which discharged a vast deal of Matter' developed.
Smallpox; Mal de St Lazaro.
The boy is 'now perfectly recover'd'.
Medical problem reference
Mal de St Lazaro, Smallpox