Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online provides access to the letters of Hans Sloane (1660-1753), courtly physician, scientist and collector. Sloane’s letters cover a wide range of topics, such as science, travel, collecting and medicine. In 1712, Sloane became Physician Extraordinary to the Queen, even attending her during her last illness in 1714, and was frequently called in to treat members of the royal family. George I named Sloane a Baronet in 1716, while George II made him Physician-in-Ordinary.
Initially, this site makes available letter summaries for all of Sloane MSS 4037 and 4075, most of MSS 4038-4041 and some of MSS 4036, 4042-4044. We will gradually add summaries of letters from the remaining volumes. The site also highlights random letters and will soon provide short essays about the collection.