Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4041

Folio: ff. 219-220

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:
Royal Society

Letter Subject:

Date of letter (as written): October 11, 1708 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1708-10-11

Letter Origin (as written): Dundee

Letter Destination (as written): ffor Dr Sloane Secretary to the Royal Society at his Lodgings in Bloomsbury Square London

Patrick Blair

Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
Mr. James

Letter written about self or others: N/A

Single or Multiple Sufferers: N/A

Patients Mentioned in Letter:
No Patients Attached to this Letter



Other Notes:
Blair asks Sloane to meet with the bearer, Mr James, a mathematician wanting to be introduced to the Royal Society. Blair's paper on elephants is nearly complete. Patrick Blair was a botanist and surgeon whose papers were published in the Transactions. In 1715 Blair joined the Jacobite rebellion as a battle surgeon but was captured and condemned to death. He was visited by Sloane in prison in the hopes the latter might secure a pardon. Sloane was successful and the pardon arrived shortly before Blair's scheduled execution (Anita Guerrini, Blair, Patrick (c.16801728), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 31 May 2011]).