Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4046

Folio: f. 327

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 6 Sloane Mss. 4046, 4047 98467

Language: English

Letter Categories:

Letter Subject:

Date of letter (as written): January 6, 1722/23 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1723-01-06

Letter Origin (as written):

Letter Destination (as written):

John Woodward

Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
Sir William Pynsent

Letter written about self or others: Others

Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer

Patients Mentioned in Letter:

Patient 1

Mr. Pynsent (Sir William Pynsent's Son) (Male)

Age of Patient: A 'Young Gent.'

Description of Patient: Sir William Pysent's only son contracted smallpox.

Previous Treatment:

Ongoing Treatment: Woodward cannot treat the boy. He asks that Sloane attend to the boy at 'Somerset House'. Woodward will wait on Sloane to talk about the case.

Diagnosis: Smallpox.


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Other Notes:
Woodward was a physician, natural historian and antiquary who expounded a theory of the earth in which fossils were creatures destroyed by the biblical flood. This embroiled him in a controversy in which he was opposed by John Ray, Edward Llwyd, Martin Lister, and Tancred Robinson (J. M. Levine, "Woodward, John (1665/1668-1728)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 17 June 2011]).