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
Edinburgh Physic Garden
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
Sir Hans Sloane
Letter written about self or others: Self
Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer
Patients Mentioned in Letter:
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'.
Diagnosis: Weakness; loss of appetite; rheumatism.
Loss of Appetite
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]).