Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4042

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 4 Sloane Mss. 4042, 4043 98463


Language: English

Letter Categories:
Collections
Scientific

Letter Subject:
Birds
Ornithology
Specimens


Date of letter (as written): January 8, 1710/11 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1711-01-08

Letter Origin (as written): Rowhill

Letter Destination (as written): To dr sloan in Great Russel sreet Bloomsbury London

Author(s):
John Fuller Sr.

Recipient(s):
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


MESH :


Transcription:

Other Notes:
Fuller sends the bird he found near his house, as promised. He kept it in his garden pond for 'a fortnight'. Fuller believes the beak is designed 'for the wrenching open of whole Fish'. The bird had lost its ability to fly. Fuller suggests it may be 'a Common Sea Bird'. Sloane will know more, as Fuller is unfamiliar with birds. Some of his relations claim to have seen a similar birds 'upon our Coasts'. John Fuller, Senior married Elizabeth Rose, daughter of Fulke and Elizabeth Rose of Jamaica, in 1703. He managed the family sugar plantations in Jamaica and in 1705 took control of the family furnace where he became an ironmaster and gunfounder. His wife's mother later married Sir Hans Sloane, making Sloane Fuller's stepfather-in-law (J. S. Hodgkinson, Fuller family (per. c.16501803), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2005 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/47494, accessed 2 July 2013]).