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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.

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Author: Meade
Recipient: John Purnell

Worthy Sr. This morning I left with Mr. Batson a Canvass Bag Sealed with my Seale, (being the same as this Letter is Sealed with) to be delivered to you this Evening according to my promise Last night. The said Bagg contains Smaller Baggs of Medalls, those in the Tan canvas Bagg are those I collected [at?] sagina assisted by Doctr. Picinini who came from [Sma?] to England with Me Doctr. Sherard was then our co…. at T.y.na he had very good judgement In Medalls, & said these were some very Excellent Medalls amongst them naming Severall all which I have forgot [&?] [got?] Piscnnius Niger whether Doctr. Woodward was a judge of Medalls I know not but he ralliyed those in the [?] Canvass Baggs at [Lzio?]: Those in the Two yellow [Buckeoni?] Baggs I Collected from antioch [were?] adjacaent to aleppo: amongst Them are fortee very good Medalls, & some of small value Noe Body has seen those but Doctr. Kennedy the Great. I mentioned to you Last Night .. [reamine?] Them minutely, will take [ns?] some time: soe you may be pleased to take as much as you think sufficient or convenient for I have soe great an opinion, & just confidence in your honour as makes use as Easy whilst they [remaine?] in your hands as if They were in [o..?] some Evening the Next Week I will wait on you at [Batons?] to know your Opinion of Them: in the [I .t.r.m?] [I…..] leave to assure you of my being with a Sincere Report, Sr: Your Obedt: humble Servt: John Purnell Present Street Goodmans Fields .. :17: May 10th: 1732 To Doctor Meade
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