Letter 4178

Rose Fuller to Hans Sloane – June 4th 1734

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Date: June 4th 1734
Author: Rose Fuller
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4053
Folio: f. 227

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Fuller writes to Sloane about Captain Hodges return to England to pay Sloane his respects, and wishes he had something curious to send or inform him of, but has nothing extraordinary, “no opportunity of nature”. He mentions a plant that they are making use of for 2 or 3 months as a useful medicine “Arum canle genienlato, canne Indice folis summis Cabris degustantes mintos reddeny. It was recommended by Dr. Trapham and prepare it via his directions by using the juice with turtle fat or lard used externally. Fuller also mentions an evacuating water that works wonders on the salivary glands, perspiration & sweats and knows many people cured by it. Anyone who has died by it went out cheerful. He mentions that he will send an ointment prepared with sugar and rum. 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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