Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4048

Folio: ff. 85-86

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 7 Sloane Mss. 4048, 4049 48469


Language: English

Letter Categories:
Collections
Medical
Social
Travel

Letter Subject:
Birds
Botany
Edinburgh Physic Garden
Ornithology
Plants
Scotland
Specimens


Date of letter (as written): November 13, 1725 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1725-11-13

Letter Origin (as written): North Bierley

Letter Destination (as written): For Sir Hans Sloan Baronett nigh Bloomsbury Square London

Author(s):
Richard Richardson

Recipient(s):
Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
Samuel Haggers
Charles Preston
Ralph Thoresby
Mr. Woods

Letter written about self or others: Self

Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer


Patients Mentioned in Letter:

Patient 1

Richard Richardson (Male)

Age of Patient:

Description of Patient: The weather has made Richardson sick. He feels weak, has lost his appetite, and experiences 'inactivity in my limbs with rheumetick twitching'.

Previous Treatment:

Ongoing Treatment:

Diagnosis: Weakness; loss of appetite; rheumatism.

Response:

Theme Description:

Themes(s):

Medical Problem(s):
Loss of Appetite
Rheumatism
Weakness


MESH :
Appetite
Rheumatic Diseases
Weakness


Transcription:

Other Notes:
Richardson did not write to Sloane after his visit to Scotland because of the poor weather. He observed birds and plants throughout his journey. Richardson was going to plant the specimens he studied in his garden, but Mr Wood, Mr Preston's successor at the Edinburgh Physic Garden, could not get them together before he had to depart. He lists the plants he requested and describes his experiences in Edinburgh. He sent 'a pott of Woodcocks' to Sloane by Sam. Haggers. Richardson was a physician and botanist who traveled widely in England, Wales, and Scotland in search of rare specimens. He corresponded and exchanged plants with many well-known botanists and naturalists (W. P. Courtney, Richardson, Richard (16631741), rev. Peter Davis, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/23576, accessed 31 May 2011]).