John Freind to Hans Sloane – September 22, 1723
Item infoDate: September 22, 1723 Author: John Freind Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4047 Folio: ff. 52-53
Freind recommends the bearer, Mr Monsey. The latter wants to become ‘an Extra licentiate’ by decree of the Royal College of Physicians. Monsey has ‘only taken his Batchelors degree in Cambridge’, but Freind understands he has studied much since that time and deserves Sloane’s consideration. John Freind was a physician and natural philosopher. He published his first medical treatise in the Philosophical Transactions in 1699. Freind served as a physician to the Earl of Peterborough and the Duke of Ormond during wartime. In 1717 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and continued to publish medical treatises and political tracts, including his very popular ‘The History of Physic’. In 1727 he became Queen Caroline’s physician (Anita Guerrini, Freind, John (16751728), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/10153, accessed 24 July 2013]).