Letter 4293

Rose Fuller to Hans Sloane – July 21, 1731

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Date: July 21, 1731
Author: Rose Fuller
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4051
Folio: ff. 278-279

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Sloane’s instructions arrived too late, as the auction had already taken place by the time the letter arrived. Fuller met an Englishman with ‘the Caracter of a very honest man’. He may be able to procure some of the books sold at auction. Fuller offers to send a ‘bill to ye Banker’ to pay for the books if Sloane finds his solution agreeable. Monsieur Richmond, who lives near the Parlement on ‘la rue St André des Arcs […] set out this afternoon for the low countries, and hope shortly to be in England’. 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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