Hans Sloane wrote Letter L-379 of 1700-11-29 to Leeuwenhoek about the reception of his recent letters at the Royal Society

November 29, 1700

This letter is known only by reference in Leeuwenhoek’s reply. The date is New Style, which was eleven days ahead of the Old Style date of 18 November 1700 used by Sloane in London.

In this letter, Sloane writes courteously to Leeuwenhoek that his recent letters are welcome to the Royal Society.

The member of the Royal Society who brought the present letter to Leeuwenhoek is not identified.


Letter L-380 of 25 December 1700 to Hans Sloane

I have received your pleasant letter of the 18th of November 1700, from which I was pleased to see that the information contained in the letters I sent were welcome to the Royal Society. I am obliged for the courteous words which the letter contains. The person who brought the said letter, who was also a member of the Royal Society, had little time to stay with me, since he had been invited to dine that afternoon with a distinguished gentleman. He has requested me to greet you on his behalf.