Letter 3797

William Stukeley to Hans Sloane – August 14, 1730

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Date: August 14, 1730
Author: William Stukeley
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4051
Folio: f. 84

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[fol. 84] Good Sr Hans. I am desir’d by Mr Wosley a clergyman in our county to beg the favor of you to send his son, the bearer of this, Don John de Castro’s description of the arabian gulf. his father is upon a most excellent work, an edition of the book of Job, with large criticisms & dissertations. it being a book, as most antient, so full of all kinds of knowledg of those early ages, will be very acceptable to the learned world. your book will be very safe, & I shall take it as a favour added to Good Sr Your most obliged most humble servant Wm Stukeley Stanford 14 Aug. 1730. Sr Hans Sloan Barrt &c. Blomesbury.

William Stukeley was an antiquary and natural philosopher. He studied medicine at Corpus Christi, Cambridge and practiced medicine in London and Boston before setting up a practice in Grantham in 1726. Stukeley was acquainted with Dr Richard Mead, Sir Hans Sloane, Edmond Halley, and other prominent intellectuals and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1718. He published several medical treatises and important texts on the stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury (David Boyd Haycock, Stukeley, William (16871765), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/26743, accessed 19 Aug 2013]).

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