Library: British Library, London

Manuscript: Sloane MS 4039

Folio: ff. 23-25

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 2 Sloane Mss. 4038, 4039 98460

Language: English

Letter Categories:

Letter Subject:
Royal Navy

Date of letter (as written): September 6, 1702 (Gregorian)

Standardised date: 1702-09-06

Letter Origin (as written): Knowsley

Letter Destination (as written): For Sr Hanns Slone Bart In Blomsbury- -Square These

William George Richard Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby

No Recipient Attached to This Letter

Others Mentioned:
No Other Attached to This Letter

Letter written about self or others: Others

Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer

Patients Mentioned in Letter:

Patient 1

William George Richard Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby (Male)

Age of Patient:

Description of Patient:

Previous Treatment:

Ongoing Treatment: Unspecified physick; sweating and bathing.

Diagnosis: Leg swelling.


Theme Description:

Illness narrative

Medical Problem(s):
Injuries (includes wounds, sores, bruises)


[fol. 23] Sir, Few posts after the return of your Messenger I wrote you a letter directed at your house in town, but not Learning from you made me belive you were in the Country still, till I saw yours to Mr Berrard that so kindly enquires after my state of health, I think my selfe obliged to acknowledge the concern you are pleased to express for me, desiring you will accept of all the thanks I am able to pay. I am really much beholden to Dr Sloan & I beg you will do me the favour to assure him as much, I have not sent him any account of late, being unwilling to give him more trouble than needs must, the swelling rather abates & I am better & taking some confinement it obliges me to I am better to breathing & have better appetite than usual, & my sleeps at nights rather more refreshing [...] drowsiness after dinner and especially the Day. [...] physic troubles me still: I am [fol. 24] most pusled what to do about exercise, which is so necessary, but the least causes my legs to swell so, nothing relieves me so much as sweating & bathing, thus your enquiry as to my condition encourages me to be so tedious on this subject which I hope you'll forgive there is nothing here worth writing, & I hope you have not much over & above what you are employed in, which is sufficient, that much I can't comprehend, that there is no tidings of our fleet neither where nor what doing, & if known at all, as extraordinary being kept such a secret, a thing we are so seldom guilty of. I writ not long ago to our friend M- & I think I put him in a way to come into your house by the strength of an interest of a Lord a family name begins with some letter. Tis time to let you be at ease to assure my dear friend From your humble & faithful servant

Other Notes:
Stanley was the 9th Earl of Derby, though he was without an official appointment after William of Orange's Glorious Revolution (1688) (John H. Rains, III, Stanley, William George Richard, ninth earl of Derby (16551702), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 21 June 2013]).