Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4043

Folio: ff. 24-25

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
Royal Society
Scientific
Social

Letter Subject:
Botany
Plants
Post
Printing
Specimens


Date of letter (as written): January 29, 1712 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1712-01-29

Letter Origin (as written): Cowper in Angus

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

Author(s):
Patrick Blair

Recipient(s):
Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
James Kay

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:
Blair complains of the postman's tardiness. He describes a type of gladiolus in his care and introduces James Kay, who will be doing some printing for him. 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 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/2568, accessed 31 May 2011]).