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

Language: English

Letter Categories:
Curiosity Reports

Letter Subject:
Monstrous Birth

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.

Emelyn Tanner

Sir Hans Sloane
Captain Tanner

Others Mentioned:
Mr. Aise
Mr. Spernon
Aunt Tanlon

Letter written about self or others: Others

Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer

Patients Mentioned in Letter:

Patient 1

Unnamed (Unknown)

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'.

Previous Treatment:

Ongoing Treatment:



Theme Description:


Medical Problem(s):
Deformed Child



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.