Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4050

Folio: ff. 224-225

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 8 Sloane Mss. 4050, 4051 98470

Language: English

Letter Categories:

Letter Subject:

Date of letter (as written): November 3, 1729 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1729-10-03

Letter Origin (as written): North Bierley

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

Richard Richardson

Sir Hans Sloane

Others Mentioned:
Mr. Green
Philip Miller
Mrs. Watson

Letter written about self or others: Others

Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer

Patients Mentioned in Letter:

Patient 1

Miss. Watson (Daughter of Mrs. Watson) (Female)

Age of Patient:

Description of Patient: Watson's illness first appeared in her elbow, which 'broake & discharged a large quantity of a thin white' fluid. She seems to have recovered after this. Another tumour has formed on her foot.

Previous Treatment: The girl was taken to other physicians before Richardson. Richardson gave her 'Calibiate Waters Lime Drinks [...] milipeats in pretty large quantities [...] Dabam: Tartar'. She is washed and bathed regularly. The treatment has gone on for two or three months.

Ongoing Treatment: Sloane's advice is solicited.

Diagnosis: Tumour.

Response: She seems to have recovered as a result of Richardson's treatment, but has to go to Wakefield before 'having the Cure Compleated'.

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Other Notes:
Richardson hopes his last box reached Sloane. Mr Miller of the Chelsea Physic Garden promised to send the plants soon. Richardson and Mr Green, the bookseller, drank to Sloane's health recently. 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 [, accessed 31 May 2011]).