Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4041

Folio: ff. 106-107

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:

Letter Subject:
Natural History
Property Dispute
Real Estate

Date of letter (as written): February 9, 1707/08 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1708-02-09

Letter Origin (as written): Upminster

Letter Destination (as written): To Dr Sloane at his House in Bloomseberry-Square London

William Derham

Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
Mr. Culverwell

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. 107] Dear Sr Upminster Feb 9 1707 I was the other day at Orset, where meet- ing the Ld of the Mannour, He desired me to tell you that your Tenant Culverwell had begun a large Stout Ditch upon his Wast, which will be a great annoyance to him by depriving him of many Bushes on his Wast, yt are very profitable at Orset where they are scarce, & will besides be an ill Precedent to others. On which accounts he had forbidden him to proceed with his Ditch, till further Orders. The Lord demandeth 2 Guinneas for his Licence, which if you or Cul- verwell will give him, he will consent to the making the Ditch, else not. The Ditch is I think very necessary, it fencing your Lands against the High-way. I leave the consideration of the matter to your self, & shall in what you order be ready to shew my slef Your much obliged humble servt Wm Derham Be pleased to let me know whether you recd my account of Sounds with my Packet of Lrs from Florence. I return you with many thanks Sr Is: Newtons Principia, keep Your Briggs & Bersellus a little longer, & beg the favour of you to lend Me Bersellus de Motu Animalium, & Plinys Naal History for a Little while. My humble service to yr Lady.

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]).