Hans Sloane wrote to Leeuwenhoek expressing the Royal Society's thanks for the bequest of 26 magnifying glasses

November 7, 1701

Text of the letter in Alle de Brieven / The Collected Letters at the DBNL - De Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren.

Sloane wrote to express the thanks of the whole Royal Society for the bequest of 26 magnifying glasses. He mentions a separate letter of thanks from the president of the Royal Society, John Somers.


The original manuscript has been lost. A rough draft is London's British Museum, Sloane MS, No. 4068, fol. 32v. It is the one printed in Alle de Brieven / Collected Letters.

According to the Journal Book Original (vol. 10, p. 228), Sloane read a draft of the letter at the meeting of the Royal Society of 1701-10-22, O.S.