Welcome to Sloane Letters Online

sloaneA pilot of this project, Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online, was first launched at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 to coincide with the 350th anniversary of Sir Hans Sloane’s birth. The project was relaunched as Sloane Letters Online at this site in 2016.

The correspondence of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) consists of thirty-eight volumes held at the British Library, London: MSS 4036-4069, 4075-4078.  The letters are a rich source of information about topics such as scientific discourse, collections of antiquities, curiosities and books, patients’ illnesses, medical treatments and family history. Most of the letters were addressed to Sloane, but a few volumes were addressed to others (MSS 4063-4067) or written by Sloane (MSS 4068-4069).

Currently, the project contains letter summaries for all of Sloane MSS 4037 and 4075, most of Sloane MSS 4038-4041 and some of Sloane MSS 4036, 4042-4044. Several of these entries also include transcriptions. CHECK THESE COMPLETIONS! Further entries and transcriptions will be available gradually.

Random Letter

Author: Hans Sloane
Recipient: James Cuninghame

[fol. 350] Worthy Sir Im easily convincd that you who have been pleasd so much to patronize my Concerns will be satisfied to hear that I still remain alive from the fatal disasters of Pulo Condore & shall not […]pine at whatever Disappointments may hel[…] long as I can retain the esteem & a[…] of our Honble Masters, to promote […] not of your favourable assistance, w[…] be had in remembrance and be acknow[…] Sir Your most Humble Servant Ja: Cuninghame Batavia Aprile 30th 1707
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20,678 Pages digitised
5,603 Documents online
3,799 Documents transcribed
5,298 People
2,499 Cases
1,216 Places


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