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Authorised form of nameSloane; Sir; Hans (1660 - 1753)
SurnameSloane
ForenamesHans
Dates1660 - 1753
Dates and placesBirth:
Killileagh or White's Castle, County Down, Ireland (16 April 1660)
Death:
Chelsea, London (11 January 1753)
Burial:
Chelsea churchyard, London
ActivityProfession:
Physician
Research Field:
Medicine, natural history
Education:
Pupil of Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, at the Jardin Royal, Paris; Montpellier; Orange; MD (1683); Oxford; DMed (by diploma 1701)
Career:
Went to Jamaica as personal physician to the Duke of Albemarle, where he collected over 800 botanical specimens; practised in Bloomsbury, Middlesex; Physician, Christ's Hospital (1694-1730); purchased the manor of Chelsea, Middlesex (1712); Physician to the Army (1714); founded the Botanic Garden at Chelsea on behalf of the Society of Apothecaries (1721); First Physician to George II (1727); experimented with inoculation of smallpox inoculating the children of the Princess of Wales; one of the promoters of the colony of Georgia (1732); retired from general practice (1741); benefactor to Christ's Hospital and the Bodleian Library and to many other individuals and institutions; bequeathed his collection to King and Parliament in return for a payment of £20,000 to his daughter (a bargain as his collection was estimated to have cost him £100,000). The bequest was accepted and on 7 June 1753 the British Museum act became law, establishing the first national museum freely open to the public, the Sloane collections forming the nucleus of the British Museum (around 200 000 specimens). The 71,000 objects included an Asante drum from Ghana, a lower palaeolithic hand axe found in 1696 and an English astrolabe of about 1295. The 50,000 books, manuscripts, prints and drawings included an album of 138 drawings attributed to Albrecht Durer. There were also 337 volumes of dried plants. Parliament immediately supplemented the collection with an earlier bequest of coins and manuscripts from the estate of Sir Robert Cotton, which included the Lindisfarne Gospels, two copies of Magna Carta and the manuscript of Beowulf. A further addition was the purchase of the Harleian Library and in 1757 George II gave the Old Royal Library to the Museum with its right to a copy of every publication printed in the country. Sloane was also the first British surgeon to receive a baronetcy
Honours:
Bt 1716
Memberships:
FRCP (1687, President 1719-1735)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
21/01/1685
Proposers:
Martin Lister
Council:
1690-1699
Sec 1693-1713; PRS 1727-1741; VP 1703-1704, 1704-?, 1715-?, 1722-?
RelationshipsSon of Alexander Sloane, Receiver-General of Taxes, of Killileagh and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Dr Hicks, Chaplain to Archbishop Laud; married Elizabeth, widow of Fulke Rose, Physician, of Jamaica and daughter of John Langley, Alderman, of London, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Middleton, Alderman, of London; father-in-law of Charles Cadogan, 2nd Baron Cadogan (FRS 1718); grandfather of Rose Fuller (FRS 1732); uncle of William Sloane (FRS 1722); his stepdaughter married Thomas Isted (FRS 1698)
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; GEC Baronetage; Hunter; Foster; Irish Innovators
References:
W H G Armytage, 'The Royal Society and the Apothecaries' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 22-37
W H G Armytage, 'Sir Godfrey Copley, FRS (1653-1709). Some Tercentenary Glimpses through Letters to his Friends' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 54-74
T E Allibone, 'The Diaries of John Byrom, MA, FRS, and their Relation to the Pre-history of the Royal Society Club' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 162-183
John Thomas, 'Josiah Wedgwood's Portrait Medallions of Fellows of the Royal Society' in NR 1963 vol 18 pp 45-53, plate
Jessie M Sweet, 'Sir Hans Sloane's Metalline Cubes' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 99-100
Jessie M Sweet, 'Benjamin Franklin's Purse' in NR 1952 vol 9 pp 308-309
Jean Jacquot, 'Sir Hans Sloane and French Men of Science' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 85-98
G R de Beer, 'The Relations between Fellows of the Royal Society and French Men of Science when France and Britain were at War' in NR 1952 vol 9 pp 244-299
G R de Beer, 'Sir Hans Sloane, FRS, 1660-1753' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 81-84, plate
H G Lyons, 'Two Hundred Years Ago: 1739' in NR 1939 vol 2 pp 34-42
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J H Appleby, 'The founding of St Petersburg in the context of the Royal Society's relationship with Russia' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 273-284
W P Griffith and P J T Morris, 'Charles Hatchett FRS (1765 - 1847), chemist and discoverer of niobium' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 299 - 316
W Ramsey, P Daniels, E G Ramsey, 'The Limehouse Porcelain Factory - its output, antecedents, and the influence of the Royal Society of London on the evolution of English porcelain based on composition and technology. ' Published Inverscafgill, New Zealand, January 2013
Royal Society codeNA8406
Archives associated with this Fellow
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EL/D1/48William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane1698
EL/C3/40Translation of a letter from Nicolo Albero d'Aragona, dated at Naples, to Hans Sloane27 November 1738
EL/B3/81George Boddington, blacksmith of London, to Hans SloaneApril 1739
M/202Sloane, Sir Hans 1744
EL/B3/62Extract of a letter from M Bourguet, dated at Neufshatel, to Hans Sloane10 October 1737
EL/W2/83John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane22 August 1699
EL/D1/54William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane13 November 1709
EL/H3/78George Handyd, dated at Grand Canaria on board the 'Modena', to Hans Sloane25 April 1692
EL/M3/39Joseph Morgan, dated at Maidenhead, New Jersey, to Hans Sloane22 December 1732
MM/4/49Letter from Owen Brigstocke, Carmarthen, to Sir Hans Sloane12 October 1731
EL/S2/92Translation of a letter from J A Segner to Hans Sloane1738
EL/W2/72John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane3 February 1700
EL/W2/61John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane17 May 1697
EL/C3/34Translation of a letter from Andreas Celsius, dated at Tornea, to Hans Sloane4 December 1736
EL/C3/41Joseph de Seytres, the Marquis de Caumont, dated at Avignon, to Hans Sloane8 January 1740
EL/C3/42Copy of a letter from Joseph de Seytres, the Marquis de Caumont, dated at Avignon, to Hans Sloane1732
RBO/15/89'Account of the Bite of a Man proving mortal' by Dr Scheuchzer to Hans Sloane1731
EL/B2/71Patrick Blair, dated at Boston, to Hans Sloane15 November 1725
EL/B3/34Extract of a letter from Abbe Jean Paul Bignon to Hans Sloane16 April 1733
EL/B2/47Samuel Buckley to Hans Sloane23 April 1698
EL/L4/51Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane12 October 1713
EL/L3/34Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane1701
EL/S2/100Translation of a letter from John Philip Seip, dated at Pyrmont, to Hans Sloane1736
EL/B3/47Extract of a letter from Theophilus Sigefridus Bayer, dated at St Petersburg, to Hans Sloane17 August 1736
EL/B3/42Extract of a letter from George Bell, dated at Canton, to Hans Sloane10 December 1710
EL/B3/63Extract of a letter from Burnet, dated at Madrid, to Hans Sloane11 October 1737
EL/B2/69Patrick Blair, dated at Boston, to Hans Sloane30 November 1721
EL/H3/93John Hargreaves to Hans Sloane11 May 1713
EL/B3/73Translation of a letter from Matthias Belius, dated at Presburg in Hungary, to Hans Sloane1 January 1738
EL/B3/36Copy of a letter from Theophilus Sigfrid Bayer to Hans Sloane20 June 1734
EL/B3/18Robert Browne to Hans Sloanend
EL/B3/58Extract of a letter from Abbe Jean Paul Bignon, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1 September 1737
EL/L5/109Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, dated Hanover, to Hans Sloane30 January 1700
EL/D1/53William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane20 December 1703
EL/D1/49William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane23 January 1699
EL/B3/11James Bradley to Hans Sloane12 February 1728
EL/B3/76Translation of a letter from Job Baster, dated at Zirkzee in Zeland, to Hans Sloane1 March 1738
EL/B2/50Dominicus Bottoni, dated at Messina in Italy, to Hans SloaneDecember 1698
EL/B2/42Charles Bernard to Hans Sloane26 September 1696
EL/B3/77Translation of a letter from Job Baster, dated at Zirkzee in Zeland, to Hans Sloane11 October 1738
EL/G1/46David Gregory, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane12 October 1699
EL/C3/45Translation of a letter from Monsieur Cuentz to Hans Sloane1739
RBO/14/119'An account of a peculiar Entrochus' in a letter to Sir Hans Sloane from Dr Joannes Henry Heucher, Physician to the King of Poland, Professor of Anatomy and Botany at Wittemberg1730
EL/F2/34John Fuller to Hans Sloane23 May 1738
RBO/15/12'Of the charming and poison of Rattle Snakes by Hans Sloane'1730
EL/B3/35Extract of a letter from Abbe Jean Paul Bignon, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane8 December 1734
EL/A/48Letter, from John Adair to Hans Sloane, dated at Edinburgh20 December 1698
EL/L3/14Partial translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane1700
EL/D1/58William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane23 February 1712
EL/D1/50William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane5 March 1700
EL/D2/48Arthur Downes, dated at Cranbrook, to Hans Sloane1724
EL/E/14Translation of a letter from Balthasar Ehrhart to Hans Sloane1735
EL/L2/54Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloanend
EL/L4/26Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane10 September 1709
EL/L3/18Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane1700
EL/L3/16Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane1700
EL/L3/24Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane1700
EL/F2/4John Freind to Hans Sloanec 1700
MM/4/55Letter from Phillip Peck, London, to Sir Hans Sloane9 October 1738
EL/L3/10Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane25 September 1699
EL/L3/27Partial translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane1701
MM/4/57Letter from Phillip Peck, London, to Sir Hans Sloane15 January 1738/9
EL/L5/111Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to Hans Sloane8 September 1700
EL/L3/37Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane6 December 1701
EL/L6/53Translation of a letter from D Law, dated at Dunkirk, to Hans Sloane1738
EL/F2/18John Freke to Hans Sloane1733
EL/L6/5Thomas Luffkin to Hans Sloane16 October 1699
EL/L6/50Extract of a letter from James Logan, dated at Philadelphia, to Hans Sloane20 September 1735
RBO/16/28'An account of an Experiment on Light and colours' communicated in a letter to Sir Hans Sloane by Marten Triewald1731
EL/W2/84John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane2 September 1699
EL/L3/22Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane1700
EL/L6/3John Lawson to Hans SloaneJune 1695
EL/S2/40Frederick Slare to Hans Sloanend
EL/D2/41Translation of an extract from a letter from Thomas Dereham to Hans Sloane1731
EL/B3/40Translation of a letter from the Marquis de Bon, dated at Montpellier, to Hans Sloane18 August 1738
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EL/G1/57Stephen Gray, dated at Canterbury, to Hans Sloane5 February 1705
EL/G2/17Monsieur Geoffroy, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane18 January 1734
EL/M2/64Pietro Michelotti to Hans Sloane1735
EL/M3/11Montesquieu, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane4 August 1734
EL/G2/20Translations of letters from Jean de la Grive, M Fontenelle and Cassini to Hans Sloane 1734
EL/G1/43George Garden, dated at Aberdeen, to Hans Sloane10 October 1698
EL/H3/48Edmond Halley, dated at Chester Castle, to Hans Sloane12 October 1696
EL/H3/50Edmond Halley, dated at Chester Mint, to Hans Sloane2 November 1696
EL/H3/86Philip Jacob Hartman to Hans Sloane29 September 1699
EL/P1/91Denis Papin to Hans Sloane16 May 1709
EL/H4/16du Hamel de Monceau, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane25 March 1735
MM/4/56Letter from Phillip Peck, London, to Sir Hans Sloane14 October 1738
EL/I2/15Translation of a letter from Antoine de Jussieu, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1736
EL/K/37Translation of a letter from James Theodorus Klein to Hans Sloane1733
EL/P1/92Denis Papin, dated at London, to Hans Sloane21 April 1711
EL/W4/13Johann Weidler, dated at Wittemberg, to Hans Sloane11 December 1732
EL/R2/41Extract of a letter from Monsieur de Reaumur, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1734
EL/D1/45John Davys to Hans Sloane19 February 1699
EL/W2/62John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane9 August 1697
EL/W2/70John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane7 December 1700
EL/W2/80John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Thomas Beverly30 September 1698
EL/K/40Translation of a letter from James Theodorus Klein, dated at Danzig (Gdansk), to Hans Sloane1740
EL/W2/78John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane5 September 1698
EL/W2/73John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane20 December 1699
EL/W2/74John Wallis to Hans Sloane1699
EL/W2/75John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane6 September 1699
RBO/14/7'A Description of some uncommon Appearances observ'd in an Aurora borealis' by Reverend William Derham, canon of Windsor communicated in a letter to Hans Sloane1728
EL/W2/64John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane20 January 1698
EL/W3/68Richard Waller to Hans Sloane4 December 1699
EL/W3/158Paul Gottlieb Werlhof, dated at Hanover, to Hans Sloane11 July 1733
EL/W2/82John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane1 February 1699
EL/W2/81John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane17 October 1698
EL/I2/24Translation of an extract from Jallabert to Hans Sloanend
CLP/23i/46Letter, from Dr Dover to Hans Sloane20 April 1724
RBO/12/89'An account of a Pair of very extraordinary large Horns found in Wapping some Years since' by Hans Sloane1727
EL/P1/101Charles Preston to Hans Sloanend
EL/W2/69John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane5 December 1700
EL/S2/76Philip Stubbs, dated at the Royal Hospital Greenwich, to Hans Sloane25 January 1733
EL/W4/12Translation of a letter from Paul Werlhof, dated at Hanover, to Hans Sloane1736
EL/R1/50A Rawdon to Hans Sloane19 September 1694
RBO/16/24Recommending the Duke of Lorraine and Count Kingski to the Royal Society by the Duke of Richmond in his letter to Sir Hans Sloane 1731
EL/I2/23Translation of a letter from Jacobe, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1736
EL/M1/101Copy of a letter from William Molyneux, dated at Dublin, to Hans Sloane1698
EL/M1/120William Musgrave to Hans Sloane1713
EL/P1/93Denis Papin to Hans Sloane31 December 1711
EL/M3/62E R to Hans Sloanend
EL/M1/118William Musgrave, dated at Exeter, to Hans Sloane14 May 1713
EL/M3/7de Mairau, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane18 Decmeber 1733
EL/T/60Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to Hans Sloane3 November 1711
EL/M3/34Partial translation of a letter from Paul Henry Gerard Moehring to Hans Sloane1739
EL/M3/66Joseph Morgan, dated at Maidenhead, New Jersey, to Hans Sloane1739
EL/C3/47Two translated letters from Cuentz, dated at Neuschatel, to Hans Sloane1740
EL/M3/47Translation of a letter from Monsieur de Reaumur, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1738
RBO/17/65'Physico-medical observations on the latter part of the 1729 to the beginning of 1730 in a letter from Dr Scheuchzer to Hans Sloanend
EL/N2/11Frank Nicholls, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane28 December 1728
EL/P1/94Denis Papin to Hans Sloane23 January 1712
EL/P1/104Charles Preston, dated at Edinburgh, to Hans Sloane1 February 1700
RBO/15/64Hans Sloane's answer to Brown's letter about the mechanical causes of gravity1731
EL/M2/17M Martin to Hans Sloane16 January 1700
EL/S2/95Copy of a letter from Hans Sloane to Job Baster1737
RBO/7/84Part of a letter from Mr Bussiere to Hans Sloane concerning a new method of removing a bladder stonend
EL/S2/26Pierre Silvestre, dated at Berne, to Hans Sloane6 April 1700
EL/R2/51Translation of a letter from Monsieur Rameau, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1737
EL/R2/47Monsieur de Reaumur, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1737
EL/T/63Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to Hans Sloane25 Feburay 1713
EL/R2/46Monsieur de Reaumur, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1737
RBO/17/40Observations of an aurora borealis by John James Scheuchzer from a collection of papers entitled 'Otia aestivalia' sent to Hans Sloane 1731
EL/G1/53Stephen Gray to Hans Sloane4 May 1699
EL/S1/23Robert Southwell, dated at King's Weston, to Hans Sloane13 October 1697
EL/T/75William Thinn, dated at Nottingham, to Hans Sloane9 August 1727
EL/S2/24W Sherard, dated at Rome, to Hans Sloane24 January 1699
EL/S2/14Hans Sloane, dated at London, to G Leibniz4 July 1700
EL/S2/39John Stirling, dated at Glasgow, to Hans Sloane8 June 1713
EL/S2/18Extract of a letter from Hans Sloane to Mr Sheldrake14 January 1734
EL/S2/31Hans Sloane, dated at Crane Court, to John Flamsteed 5 March 1713
EL/S2/20Edward Southwell to Hans Sloane13 December 1697
EL/S2/90Brand Henry Schilden, dated at Hanover, to Hans Sloane5 November 1735
EL/S2/59Extract of a letter of Albert Seta to Hans Sloanend
EL/S2/36Frederick Slare, dated at Bath, to Hans Sloane15 June 1713
EL/S2/106Extract of a letter from Hans Stanley, dated at Lausanne, to Hans Sloane1737
EL/S2/55aPart of a letter from Thomas Short, dated at Sheffield, to Hans Sloane11 June 1731
EL/S2/15Letter from Hans Sloane4 July 1700
EL/T/87Christopher Jacob Trew, dated at Nuremburg, to Hans Sloane26 March 1732
EL/B2/74Patrick Blair, dated at Boston, to Hans Sloane12 April 1727
MM/15/35"A List of Minerals given to the Royal Society on Febry 18 1685/6 by Dr (now Sir Hans) Sloane Bart, President etc" 17th century
EL/B2/51G Broughton, dated at Venice, to Hans Sloane16 January 1699
EL/H4/2John Henry de Heucher, dated at Dresden, to Hans Sloane29 March 1730
EL/B3/78Extract of a letter from John Burton, dated at York, to Hans Sloane22 February 1737
EL/B2/70Patrick Blair, dated at Boston, to Hans Sloane31 December 1721
EL/T/66W E Tenzelius to Hans Sloane9 December 1699
RBO/8/48Letter from Thomas Luffkin to Hans Sloane concerning the application of pneumatics to cupping glasses1699
EL/S2/35Edward Southwell, dated at Dublin, to Hans Sloane31 July 1711
EL/G1/54Stephen Gray, dated at Canterbury, to Hans Sloane4 May 1700
EL/I2/17Translation of a letter from Bernard de Jussieu, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1736
EL/G1/72Monsieur Geoffroy, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane28 May 1700
EL/P2/2J Purcell, dated at Weston near Ounly in Buckinghamshire, to Hans Sloane5 September 1725
EL/G1/58Stephen Gray, dated at Canterbury, to Hans Sloane1 May 1705
EL/G1/52Stephen Gray, dated at Canterbury, to Hans Sloane6 March 1698
EL/G1/51Stephen Gray, dated at Canterbury, to Hans Sloane2 May 1698
RBO/14/37'Observations on the Weather in a Letter from R Bradley to Sir Hans Sloane'1728
EL/G1/56Stephen Gray, dated at Canterbury, to Hans Sloane3 April 1704
EL/S2/78Postscript of a letter from Dr Steigertahl to Hans Sloane1735
EL/G1/69Monsieur Geoffroy, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane10 June 1699
EL/G2/12Hieronymus Giuntini, dated at Florence, to Hans Sloane23 December 1730
EL/I2/20Translation of a letter from Jacobe, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1736
EL/M3/12Joseph Morgan, dated at Maidenhead, New Jersey, to Hans Sloane3 July 1734
EL/H4/17Translation of a letter from du Hamel de Monceau, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1735
EL/S2/94Hans Sloane to Job Basternd
EL/M3/20Extract of a letter from Gerardus Fridericus Muller, Professor of history at St Petersburg, to Hans Sloane30 June 1733
EL/L3/13Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane2 January 1700
EL/L3/17Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane9 July 1700
EL/L3/23Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane26 October 1700
EL/L6/57Translation of a letter from Charles Nicholas Languis, dated at Lucern, to Hans Sloane1736
EL/M2/62Pietro Michelotti, dated at Venice, to Hans Sloane22 March 1731
RBO/15/76Account of three earthquakes which occurred in Switzerland in 1728 and 1729 by Dr Scheuchzer1731
EL/M3/23Translation of a letter from Pierre Maupertuis, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1731
EL/T/88Christopher Jacob Trew, dated at Nuremburg, to Hans Sloane8 February 1734
EL/R1/54Part of a letter from Richard Richardson, dated at North Bierley, to Hans Sloane5 September 1733
MM/4/63Letter from Mary Hauksbee to Sir Hans Sloane30 March 1731
EL/T/71Extract of a letter from Brooke Taylor to Hans Sloane1712
RBO/9/94'Account of the Firr Trees in Scotland' by Earl of Cromertie to Hans Sloane1710
EL/W3/69Richard Waller to Hans Sloane4 March 1699
EL/S2/37Frederick Slare, dated at Bath, to Hans Sloane10 February 1714
RBO/13/6'An Account of Elephant's teeth and Bones found underground' by Hans Sloane1727
RBO/15/29Observations of travels from Hamamet to Agar by Thomas Shaw in his letter to Hans Sloane1730
RBO/14/1'Observations on the difference of Sex in Misleto [mistletoe]', in a letter from the Reverend M Edmund Barrel to Sir Hans Sloane1728
EL/P1/105Reverend Abraham de la Pryme, dated at Hull, to Hans Sloane2 August 1700
EL/D1/47William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane3 January 1697
EL/S2/19Hans Sloane to Lady Essex23 March 1734
EL/S2/10Robert Sibbald, dated at Edinburgh, to Hans Sloane21 June 1698
EL/S2/33Extract of two letters to Hans Sloane1732
EL/S2/17Hans Sloane to Antoni van Leeuwenhoek13 October 1713
RBO/8/22Some notes on the foregoing paper on the medicinal properties of a root from Brazil by Hans Sloanend
EL/M1/100William Molyneux, dated at Dublin, to Hans Sloane22 January 1698
MM/10/10Deed transferring £392.17.1 of South Sea stock from Sir Godfrey Copley's estate to Mary Copley and Jasper Blythman8 September 1721
EL/L3/21Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane7 September 1700
RBO/17/71Experiments with ambergris for Hans Sloane by Ambrose Godfrey Hanckewitz, chemist1731
EL/S2/85Account of a woman who was bitten by a chaplain and died sent by John Scheuchzer to Hans Sloanend
RBO/14/38'An Observation of the Digestion of food in the Stomach with Animadversions thereon, by Christopher Wolfius, in a Letter to Sir Hans Sloane'1728
MM/11/58Copy of the probate of the Will of Godfrey Copley14 October 1704
MM/11/57Copy of the probate of the Will of Godfrey Copley14 October 1704
RBO/15/62'Account of a Water Fowl deem'd by the Author a Nondescript' from Caleb Lowdham to Hans Sloane1731
RBO/17/28Account of the method of determining the properties of mineral waters together with a catalogue of fossils by Thomas Short to Hans Sloane1732
RBO/14/72Observations of the lunar eclipse on 9 August 1729 at Witteberg from J F Weidler to Hans Sloane1729
RBO/17/2Concerning John James Scheuchzer's book on the history of plants to Hans Sloane1731
RBO/14/60Observations of Venus communicated in a letter to Hans Sloane by William Derham, Canon of Windsor1729
RBO/14/28'Astronomical Observations made in the publick Observatory at Bologna by Doctor Eustachio Manfredi communicated to Sir Hans Sloane presented by Thomas Dereham and translated from the Italian by Dr Scheuchzer1728
RBO/17/50Glacial dendrites by John James Scheuchzer, from a collection of papers entitled 'Otia aestivalia', sent to Hans Sloane 1731
RBO/14/111'An account of the Imperial Salt works of Soowar in upper hungary translated from the high Dutch of Ernest Bruchman of the Academy of Brunswick' by Hans Sloane1729
CLP/11ii/23Experiments with ambergris for Hans Sloanend
RBO/15/90'Account of the Body which was found burnt to Ashes as mention'd in Sir Thomas Dereham's Letter to Hans Sloane'1731
RBO/17/53Account of an earthquake in Switzerland in 1729 by John James Scheuchzer, from a collection of papers entitled 'Otia aestivalia', sent to Hans Sloane 1731
RBO/14/121'A particular Description of the Kingdom of Tunis' in letters to Sir Hans Sloane by Reverend Thomas Shaw 1730
RBO/17/38Concerning the effects of cold by John James Scheuchzer from a collection of papers entitled 'Otia aestivalia' sent to Hans Sloane1731
EL/K/35James Theodorus Klein, dated at Danzig (Gdansk), to Hans Sloane12 January 1730
CLP/11ii/22Discussing Caspar Neumann's treatise on ambergris by A Godfrey Hanckwitz in a letter to Hans Sloanend
EL/S2/83Account of three earthquakes in Switzerland in 1728 and 1729 by John Scheuchzer to Hans Sloanend
RBO/17/44Account of a white iris seen in the sky by John James Scheuchzer, from a collection of papers entitled 'Otia aestivalia' sent to Hans Sloane 1731
RBO/15/63'An account of an Essay concerning the mechanical Causes of Gravity, Elasticity and of the Cohesion or mutual Attraction of the primary insensible parts of Bodies as also of the mutual Aversion or Repulse of others' by J Brown to Hans Sloane1730
EL/N2/12Frank Nicholls to Hans Sloanend
RBO/18/19'Account of the cure of the Gout by Oils externally apply'd with an hypothesis on the cause of the Distemper conformable to this Practice' by Willilam Stukeley in his letter to Hans Sloane1732
EL/K/36James Theodorus Klein, dated at Danzig (Gdansk), to Hans Sloane4 July 1730
RBO/7/121Letter to Dr Sloane giving an account of the Double Pear' by Musgravend
RBO/14/44'Observations of a Lunar Eclipse' in a letter from William Derham to Hans Sloane1728
RBO/21/47'A Catalogue of the fifty Plants from Chelsea Garden, presented to the Royal Society by the Company of Apothecaries for the year 1737: pursuant to the direction of Sir Hans Sloane' by Isaac Rand1738
P/0118Sloane, Sir Hans1716
RBO/8/21Account of the use of 'Hipecacuana', a root growing in Brazil, by Hans Sloane1697
RBO/14/50'A remarkable Conformation of the Urinary Parts communicated in a letter to Hans Sloane' by John Budgen1729
CLP/10i/30Details about the coffee shrub by Hans Sloanend
MM/4/50Draft of a letter from Sir Hans Sloane to Owen Brigstocke4 July 1731
MM/19/27Letter from Edward Sabine, Treasurer, Royal Society, to William Sharpey, Secretary, Royal Society20 July 1861
RBO/8/64'Account of Boring for Rock Salt at Crowley in Cheshire in a letter from Thomas Brotherton to Hans Sloane'1699
CLP/9i/55Concerns boring for rock salt at Crowley in Cheshire in a letter from Thomas Brotherton to Hans Sloane14 September 1699
RBO/14/93'A Catalogue of the fifty Plants from Chelsea Garden presented to the Royal Society by the company of Apothecaries for the year 1728 pursuant to the Direction of Sir Hans Sloane' by Isaac Rand1729
RBO/12/12'A Catalogue of 50 Plants from Chelsea Garden presented to the Royal Society for the year 1724 by the Company of Apothecaries pursuant to the Direction of Sir Hans Sloane Baronet' by Isaac Rand Apothecary1725
RBO/18/24'A Catalogue of the fifty Plants from Chelsea-Garden presented to the Royal Society by the Company of Apothecaries for the year 1731: pursuant to the direction of Sir Hans Sloane' by Isaac Rand1732
RBO/21/18'A Catalogue of fifty Plants from Chelsea Garden presented to the Royal Society by the company of Apothecaries for the year 1736 pursuant to the Direction of Sir Hans Sloane' by Isaac Rand1737
RBO/19/17'A Catalogue of the fifty Plants from Chelsea-Garden presented to the Royal Society by the Company of Apothecaries for the year 1733 pursuant to the Direction of Sir Hans Sloane' by Isaac Rand1734
RBO/19/66'A Catalogue of the fifty Plants from Chelsea Garden presented to the Royal Society by the company of Apothecaries for the year 1734: pursuant to the direction of Sir Hans Sloane' by Isaac Randnd
RBO/15/57'Nova literaria Physico medica curiosa containing a Description of the Cereus peruvianus which flower'd at Norimberg in the Year 1730' communicated to Hans Sloane by John George Steigertahl1730
CLP/12ii/58Hans Sloane's answer to Marquis de Caumont on his observations of a bladder stone taken from a dead man nd
CLP/15i/44Account of a large feather from the bird 'Cantur' seen off the coast of Chili communicated by Hans Sloanend
RBO/14/100'Examen and observations of a bituminous Earth for the Royal Society' given to Sir Hans Sloane by Mr Godfrey1729
CLP/14ii/2Experiments and observations of the effects of several sorts of poisons on animals made at Montpellier in 1678 and 1679 by William Courtennd
CLP/15ii/21Concerning the 'charm' of a rattlesnake by Hans Sloanend
CLP/14ii/43Account of the symptoms arising from eating the seeds of henbane with details of a cure and other observations by Hans Sloanend
RBO/15/11Account of the effects of the Oenanthe aquatica Cucytae on three people who had eaten its root in a letter from Richard Richardson to Hans Sloane1730
RBO/13/15'The Anatomy of the poisonous Apparatus of a Rattle Snake made by the Direction of Sir Hans Sloane' and 'an Account of the quick Effects of the Poison by John Ranby'1727
RBO/9/32'Account of Some Roman, French and Irish Inscriptions and Antiquities lately found in Ireland and Scotland by Mr Edward Lluyd [Lhwyd]' communicated by William Musgrave to Hans Sloanend
EL/M2/16John Monro, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane29 October 1700
CLP/10i/28Description of the Pimiento or Jamaica Pepper tree, and the wild Cinnamon Tree, commonly, but falsely called the 'Cortex Winterauus', by Hans Sloanend
EL/H3/90Thomas Hearne, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane25 January 1710
RSL/1/4Letter from Thomas Atkinson, Ballyshannon, to Sir Hans Sloane5 July 1777
RSL/1/3Letter from Thomas Atkinson, Ballyshannon, to Sir Hans Sloane28 June 1777
IM/004222Sloane, Sir Hansnd
EL/L6/6Dr Lloyd to Hans Sloane2 February 1699
EL/S2/13Hans Sloane, dated at London, to Richard Waller22 August 1694
EL/L3/28aPartial translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane1701
NLB/6/728Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to G H Wallis4 July 1892
NLB/17/486Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to W R Deighton, 4 and 3a Grand Hotel Buildings, Trafalgar Square, W.C. 8 November 1898
CLP/8i/54Paper, concerning a theory to improve astronomy from an anonymous author in a letter to Hans Sloane7 January 1697
EL/F1/130John Flamsteed's proposal for 'Historia Brittannica Coelestis' to Hans Sloanend
MS/579Secretarial minutes of Royal Society meetings by Hans Sloane and others11 February 1708-29 March 1711
MS/577Secretarial minutes of Royal Society meetings by Hans Sloane and others22 February 1699-14 October 1702
MS/578Secretarial minutes of Royal Society meetings by Hans Sloane and others21 October 1702-4 February 1708
L&P/1/13Letter, on a map of the country about Paris from Jean de La Grive to Hans Sloane[1741]
L&P/1/3Letter from Pierre de Vigny to Hans Sloane04 October 1741
L&P/1/20Letter from Hans Sloane to the Royal Society[1741]
L&P/1/21Letter from Hans Sloane to Martin Folkes07 December 1741
L&P/1/121Letter, 'Observations on board HMS Furnace, Churchill River, Hudson's Bay, and at Prince of Wales Fort, Churchill River, in 1741 and 1742' from Christopher Middleton to Hans Sloane1742
L&P/1/212Letter, 'Of a hen bringing up puppies' from John Fuller to Hans Sloane5 May 1743
L&P/1/240Letter, 'With a medical book' from Pierre Guisard to Hans Sloane12 June 1743
L&P/1/148Letter, 'A mathematical treatise' by Gerard Meerman to Hans Sloane20 November 1742
L&P/1/225Letter, 'On the Society for Experimental Philosophy' from Johann Theodor Klein to Hans Sloane26 February 1743
L&P/1/170Letter, 'With a copy of the Storia Botanica of their grandfather Giacomo Zanoni' from the Zanoni brothers to Hans Sloane12 December 1742
L&P/1/142Letter, 'Of certain anatomical observations' from Job Baster to Hans Sloane1742
L&P/1/168Letter, 'Minerals the latter insects' from Jean Jallabert and Charles Bonnet to Hans Sloane4 June 1742
L&P/1/241Letter, 'On account of a monstrous child; of a omoplate bone from Brazil; of the tarantula; of the camphor tree' from Claude Geoffrey to Hans Sloane30 June 1743
L&P/1/226Letter, 'Of fossil nuts' from C J Geoffrey to Hans Sloane21 August 1743
L&P/2/129Letter, 'Carte trinagulaire de la France [Trinitarian map of France]' from Cesar Francois Cassini de Thury to Hans Sloane25 March 1750
L&P/1/360Letter, 'Refers to the death of Sir H Sloane and to a meeting with Lieberkuhn' from Gasparo Cerati to Cromwell Mortimer1 January 1745
L&P/1/350Letter, 'On the libella' from Peter Collinson to Hans Sloane23 June 1744
L&P/1/447Paper, 'Of a coralline' by Hans Sloane1745
L&P/2/147/1Paper, 'Exhibition, through Dr C Mortimer, of certain bezoar and other stones' by Hans Sloane14 June 1750
L&P/2/147Paper, 'Exhibition, through Dr C Mortimer, of certain bezoar and other stones' by Hans Sloane14 June 1750
L&P/3/113Paper, 'An account of inoculations, by Hans Sloane, prepared in 1739' by Hans Sloane1756
L&P/3/318Letter, 'Of saltpetre' from Alexander Orme to Hans Sloane29 January 1737
CLP/22i/71Paper, Account of 'Archaeologia Britannica [British archaeology]' by Edward Lhuyd[1707]
CLP/15ii/7Observations of the poisonous apparatus of the rattlesnake by John Ranby, made on the direction of Hans Sloanend
EL/B3/24John Bates to Hans Sloane1731
CLP/4i/52Paper, account of a storm at Denbigh in Wales sent to Hans Sloane by an anonymous author [1706]
CLP/3ii/5Paper, 'Proposals about the machine to get good air for respiration and vegetation' by Denis Papin1708
CLP/8i/53Paper, theory for calculating certain places of the planets by an anonymous author in a letter to Hans Sloane1696
CLP/8ii/4Paper, 'Observations of the eclipses of Jupiter's satellites from 1700 to 1727' by William Derham1727
MS/576Secretarial minutes of Royal Society meetings by Hans Sloane and others 1 November 1693-5 August 1696 and 22 November 1693-16 February 1698
EL/M1/99William Molyneux, dated at Dublin, to Hans Sloane4 November 1697
EL/L3/25Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane25 December 1700
RBO/17/41Barometric observations to determine the height of Mount Gothard by John James Scheuchzer, from a collection of papers entitled 'Otia aestivalia' sent to Hans Sloane 1732
DM/5/101A list of benefactors to the Museum, to the value of £5 or upwards at one time c.1737
IM/004220Sloane, Sir Hansnd
EL/S2/87Extract of a letter from John Scheuchzer to Hans Sloane1730
EL/B3/74Translation of a letter and paper from Matthias Belius, dated at Presburg in Hungary, to Hans Sloane13 August 1738
EL/L3/15Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane14 June 1700
EL/L3/19Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane27 July 1700
EL/L3/26Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane28 January 1701
EL/L5/110Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, dated at Hanover, to Hans Sloane1700
EL/L3/33Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane21 June 1701
EL/R1/78C Rocquette, dated at St Petersburg, to Hans Sloane15 July 1732
EL/G1/55Stephen Gray, dated at Canterbury, to Hans Sloane28 August 1700
EL/G1/70Monsieur Geoffroy, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane9 September 1699
EL/G1/71Monsieur Geoffroy, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1700
EL/S2/101Translation of a letter from Dr Steigertahl, dated at Hanover, to Hans Sloane1737
EL/G2/16Extract of a letter from Monsieur Geoffroy, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane4 May 1732
EL/H3/52Edmond Halley, dated at Chester, to Hans Sloane25 October 1697
EL/W2/66John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane11 May 1700
EL/K/20Thomas Kirke, dated at Cookridge, to Hans Sloane2 November 1694
EL/M1/115William Musgrave, dated at Exeter, to Hans Sloane10 November 1712
EL/B3/41Translation of a letter from Marquis de Bon, dated at Montpellier, to Hans Sloane20 March 1739
EL/M1/116William Musgrave, dated at Exeter, to Hans Sloane17 December 1712
EL/M1/119William Musgrave to Hans Sloane4 September 1713
EL/M1/117William Musgrave, dated at Exeter, to Hans Sloane2 March 1713
EL/M2/15John Monro, dated at Marseilles, to Hans Sloane22 August 1700
EL/G2/36Extract of a letter from Monsieur Geoffroy, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1739
EL/M3/40Joseph Morgan to Hans SloaneAugust 1732
EL/M3/39aJoseph Morgan to Hans Sloane1732
EL/M3/56Pietro Michelotti to Hans SloaneJanuary 1734
EL/P1/102Charles Preston, dated at Edinburgh, to Hans Sloane13 October 1698
EL/S2/86John Scheuchzer to Hans Sloane1730
EL/G2/15Laurence Garcin, dated at Neuschatel in Switzerland, to Hans Sloane23 October 1732
EL/G2/34Extract of a letter from Monsieur Geoffroy, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1737
EL/H3/49Edmond Halley, dated at Chester mint, to Hans Sloane26 October 1696
EL/S2/12Hans Sloane to Richard Waller1692
RBO/9/72'The Anatomy of the Seal and Porpess' by Patrick Blair in a letter to Hans Sloane1708
RBO/7/75Letter from William Derham to Hans Sloane 'about a contrivance to measure the height of the Mercury in the Barometer by a Circle on one of the weather Plates'1698
RBO/15/25'An Essay towards the present State of Algiers by the Reverend Mr Thomas Shaw in a Letter to Sir Hans Sloane'1730
RBO/15/56'An account of the late hard Frost communciated in a Letter to Hans Sloane' by William Derham1730
EL/N2/4Casper Neumann, dated at Berlin, to Hans Sloane16 April 1733
RBO/17/37On the thermal qualities of the waters at Baden by John James Scheuchzer from a collection of papers entitled 'Otia aestivalia' sent to Hans Sloane 1731
RBO/17/63Concerning a 'mola vesiculosae' in the omasum of an ox by John James Scheuchzer, from a collection of papers entitled 'Otia aestivalia' sent to Hans Sloane 1732
RBO/17/13Account of a murrain among cattle in Switzerland by Dr Scheuchzer to Hans Sloane1732
MM/4/53Draft of a letter from Sir Hans Sloane, London, to Benjamin Holloway12 November 1731
RBO/7/28Description of the Pimiento or Jamaica Pepper tree, and the wild Cinnamon Tree, commonly, but falsely called the 'Cortex Winterauus', by Hans Sloanend
RBO/18/62'Catalogue of the fifty Plants from Chelsea-Garden presented to the Royal Society by the company of Apothecaries for the year 1732: pursuant to the direction of Sir Hans Sloane' by Isaac Rand1733
RBO/20/23'A Catalogue of the fifty Plants from Chelsea Carden presented to the Royal Society by the Company of Apothecaries for the year 1735: pursuant to the direction of Sir Hans Sloane' by Isaac Rand1736
CLP/15ii/1Observations of the dissection of an ostrich by John Ranby, Surgeon, made on the order of Hans Sloane nd
RBO/18/63'An Account of Symptoms arising from eating the Seeds of Henbane with their Cure, and some occasional Remarks' by Hans Sloane1733
RBO/12/7'Some Observations made on an Ostrich dissected by Order of Sir Hans Sloane Baronet' by John Ranby Surgeon1724
DM/5/100A list of benefactors to the Library, to the value of £5 or upwards at one time c.1737
EL/C1/85Jacques Cassini, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane20 August 1700
RBO/11/84'A Catalogue of 50 Plants presented to the Royal Society by the Company of Apothecaries of London. Pursuant to the direction of Sir Hans Sloane Baronet President of the College of Physicians and Vice President of the Royal Society'1722
CLP/10i/48Catalogue of 50 specimens of plants lately presented to the Royal Society by the Company of Apothecaries of London from their Physic Garden at Chelsea pursuant to the direction of Sir Hans Sloane 1723
CLP/3ii/37Paper, 'Description of a new invention of bellows call'd water bellows' by Marten Triewald1736
EL/L3/28Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Hans Sloane15 April 1701
EL/L6/7J Lowther to Hans Sloane27 October 1703
EL/F2/37Part of a letter from Rose Fuller, dated at Spanish Town, Jamaica, to Hans Sloane1736
EL/G1/42George Garden, dated at Aberdeen, to Hans Sloane22 July 1696
EL/G2/21Translation of a letter from Jean de la Grive to Hans Sloane1734
EL/M1/113William Musgrave, dated at Exeter, to Hans Sloane28 December 1699
EL/T/70Brook Taylor, dated Bifrons near Canterbury, to Hans Sloane25 June 1712
EL/S2/97Translation of a partial letter from Dr Steigertahl, dated at Hanover, to Hans Sloane20 April 1736
EL/K/39Translation of an extract of a letter from James Theodorus Klein, dated at Danzig (Gdansk), to Hans Sloane1739
EL/S2/81Account of the baths at Baden by John Scheuchzer to Hans Sloanend
RBO/14/24'A Farther Account of the Generation of Eels and the Variety of it in the Worm kind particulariz'd in the Worm, Snail and Oyster' communicated to Hans Sloane by Benjamin Allen1729
DM/5/114List of benefactors to the Royal Society 17th-18th century
CLP/10ii/8Paper, translation of The anatomical preparation of vegetables by Albert Seba nd
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