William Stanley wrote to Leeuwenhoek that the members of the Royal Society "wish their services to be presented to me"

September 11, 1691

William Stanley  (1647-1731) got his B.A. degree from St. John's College at Cambridge and his M.A. degree at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1670. In 1685, the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred the degree of D.D. (Doctor of Divinity) and he was appointed Court Chaplain to Mary Stuart, consort of William III of Orange. Stanley stayed with them in Holland from 1685 to 1689, during which time he visited Leeuwenhoek. In 1689 he was appointed Archdeacon of London.

The letter that Stanley wrote to Leeuwenhoek is known only by reference in one of Leeuwenhoek's letters.


On 27 November, 1691, Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society.

The Very Reverend and Most Learned Doctor William Stanley writes to me from Whitehall on the 11/21. September. 1691. that Your Honours wish their services to be presented to me. I remain extremely obliged for these complaisances, and only wish to have the ability to serve Your Honours.