Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4041

Folio: ff. 99-100

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 3 Sloane Mss. 4040, 4041 98462

Language: English

Letter Categories:
Philosophical Transactions
Royal Society

Letter Subject:

Date of letter (as written): February 2, 1707/08 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1708-02-02

Letter Origin (as written): Upminster

Letter Destination (as written): To Dr Sloane To be left for him with Mr Neville at Childs Coffee-house Wth greatest care

William Derham

Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
No Other Attached to This Letter

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. 99] Sr Febr 2 1707/8 I have sent you my Observations about Sounds; which as it hath cost me some pains, so I hope will be acceptable to you, & the most illustrious Society. If you think it worth publishing in the Transactions, I desire you will be pleased to put it into one of the next, that I may have it as soon as may be, to send to his Excellency the Envoy at Florence, my answer to his last kind Packet, wch I also have sent you inclosed, viz a Lr to me from his Excellencey, & two Papers in Italian. I desire the favour of you to keep these three Papers for me, & to return them me again again when I see you next, because I intend to insert what is materi- al in them in my Observations of the Weather &c of 1707. If you have the Italian Papers translated I will desire The favour of the use of them with my own: the Italian Language being out of my way. I am now from home at a friends House, & therefore have not time to say more only that I am with greatest respect Sr Your much obliged humble servant W 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]).