Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4039

Folio: ff. 151-152

Microfilm: The History of Science and Technology Series One: The Papers of Sir Hans Sloane, 1660-1753 From the British Library, London Part 1: Science & Society, 1660-1773 Reel 2 Sloane Mss. 4038, 4039 98460

Language: English

Letter Categories:
Philosophical Transactions
Royal Society

Letter Subject:
Academie des sciences

Date of letter (as written): June 21, 1703 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1703-06-21

Letter Origin (as written): Upminster

Letter Destination (as written): To Dr Sloane Secre to the R. Society To be left for him at the Princes Arms in S. Pauls Church-yard London

William Derham

Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
Mr. Fenneley
Mr. Houghton

Letter written about self or others: N/A

Single or Multiple Sufferers: N/A

Patients Mentioned in Letter:
No Patients Attached to this Letter


[fol. 152] Sr Upminster D. Jun: 21. 1703. Upon what you were pleased to tell me at the last Meeting of the R. Society, I searched my Papers at my return Home, & find that I have sent you all my Registers of the Weather &, wth Remarks & Observations upon them. You have already published in the Transactions my Regrs of ye year 1697, 98 & 99. And those of 1700 & 1701 I sent you both together some time last year (I forget the particular time) with a Lr [letter] of the most usefull Deductions I could make concerning the Fertility [?], Health, or of those Years, as also some remarkable Phenomena of the Barometer. My Regr of 1702 I sent you about last March. These Larger Tables I fear may create more trouble to the Printer & Composer than they are woth. However having made them for my own diversion & satisfaction, I sent them to you, because you told requested me so to do; & told me that they should be reposited among the papers of the Society, to be of use perhaps at some time & to some body or other. Imagining thus that these Registers at large would hardly be printed, I made some extracts out of them, & joyned them with some of Mr Fenneleys observations of the same nature; wch I sent (with some other business) in a Lr to Mr Houghton for your use. Thus Sr I have given you a brief account of what hath been published of my weather & Observations & what is in your hands unpublished. And therein I have endeavoured to satisfy your request at our last meeting. If I have not, I shall rea- dily observe your commands, if you will be pleased to write to me by the General-Post to Rumford, because I have some business wch I fear will detain me from waiting upon you at the Society the two next Wednesdays I am told yt the Academy of Sciences have made some remarks on My Rain Observations, but cannot find any thing of it in Fenton- nellis [?] History. If you know any thing of yt matter, I am pleased to write, I desire the favour of you to tell me where I may meett with it. In wch you will add to the many obligations you have laid upon Sr Your faithful humble servant Wm Derham

Other Notes:
Derham was a Church of England clergyman and a natural philosopher, interested in nature, mathematics, and philosophy. He frequently requested medical advice from Sloane, and likely served as a physician to his family and parishioners (Marja Smolenaars, "Derham, William (1657-1735)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 7 June 2011]).