Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4037

Folio: f. 260

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 1 Sloane Mss. 4036, 4037 98458

Language: English

Letter Categories:
Material Culture

Letter Subject:
Balfour Library

Date of letter (as written): April 29, 1699 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1699-04-29

Letter Origin (as written): Edn: [Edinburgh]

Letter Destination (as written):

Charles Preston

Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
James Sutherland
Joseph Pitton de Tournefort

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:
Preston reminds Sloane of a letter with which he sent some specimens and a catalogue of Balfour's Library. He thanks Sloane for lending him Tournefor's 'Histoire des plantes'. He sends a manuscript he hopes will interest Sloane. Preston mentions James Sutherland's contributions to botany and the possibility of publishing it. There is an indecipherable inscription on a gold ring Preston possesses. He asks if Sloane knows someone who might be able to decode it. Preston was a physician and botanist who established a lengthy correspondence with Sloane, exchanging plants, seeds, books and information. His main interest was in botany, and was well-known by his contemporaries for his botanical knowledge (Anita Guerrini, Preston, Charles (16601711), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 18 June 2013]).