Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4045

Folio: f. 207

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 5 Sloane Mss. 4044, 4045 98463

Language: English

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Letter Subject:

Date of letter (as written): May 22, 1719 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1719-05-22

Letter Origin (as written): London

Letter Destination (as written): To The much Honoured Sr Hans Sloane at his Lodgings in Bloomsbury Square

Patrick Blair

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



Other Notes:
Blair acknowledges how much Sloane has done for him and laments that he must ask for another favour. He has an opportunity to 'settle at Newcastle' and needs money to begin a life there. He thanks Sloane for helping him when he was sick and during his troubles in Scotland. 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]).