Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4049
Folio: ff. 46-47
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 69993
Date of letter (as written): October 5, 1727 (Gregorian)
Standardised date: 1727-10-05
Letter Origin (as written): at Liscard in Cornwall
Letter Destination (as written): To Sr Hans Sloane Bart.
Sir Hans Sloane
Letter written about self or others: Others
Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer
Patients Mentioned in Letter:
Age of Patient: Newborn.
Description of Patient: The child was deformed: 'It has a fine head & face but from the neck [...] down Like a Goose [...] & Woolly the back part had a Rump Curld like a Duck on the fore part there went a thing as big as a Womans Arms it came up [...] the Chine with a head like a Serpent'.
Other Notes:This letter was written by Emelyn Tanner, sent to her son, and forwarded to Sloane. Tanner informs her son, Captain Tanner, of a 'Monstrous Birth', mentioning her son's Aunt Tanlon. Captain Tanner's siblings are in good health.