Letter 3627

Rose Fuller to Hans Sloane – June 12/23, 1729

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Date: June 12/23, 1729
Author: Rose Fuller
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4050
Folio: ff. 140-141

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Fuller thanks Sloane for supporting his education, writing that he should have written sooner. He encloses some books. Fuller is in good health. He discusses how bark is used in Holland to treat ‘all Cronich distempers Scurvy Dropsy Gout &c’. Fuller is taking a botany course with Mr Van Royen, who replaced Dr Boerhaave. Van Royen follows John Ray’s method. Dr Albinus is his anatomy teacher. Fuller thinks Dr Boerhaave’s lectures are the best. Chemistry lectures have not yet begun. Rose Fuller (1708-1777) was a politician, gun-founder and landowner. He was Sir Hans Sloane’s grandson. Fuller studied medicine at Cambridge from 1725 to 1728 and Leiden from 1729 to 1732 and went to Jamaica in 1733 to supervise the family estates. He served in the Jamaican assembly for some time before returning to England in 1755. Fuller was elected MP for Rye in 1768 (J. S. Hodgkinson, ‘Fuller family (per. c.1650–1803)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2005 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/47494, accessed 14 Aug 2014]).

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