London October 16. 1797.
My dear Sir
Mr: Nicholls, a very respectable member of Parliament with whom you were well acquainted during your residence in this Country, has a collection of Anatomical preparations, injected in wax, which he received from his Father Dr: Frank Nicholls, a gentleman of great medical eminence, and who first introduced this valuable invention into England. Mr: Nicholls being desirous to render these preparations extensively useful, and at the same time of testifying the interest, which he takes in the welfare of our Country and in the prosperity of its literary & scientific institutions, purposes presenting this very valuable collection to the University at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our worthy friend Mr: W. N. Boylston, has engaged from a similar disposition and Spirit, to make the shipment, and Dr: Heavisides a Surgeon of great reputation will put the articles in order, and repair such as may have been somewhat injured by accident.
Mr: Nicholls has no personal acquaintance with the President or any member of the Corporation of the University, and remembering with pleasure that which he enjoyed with you, wishes to convey through your means this offering, which I have no doubt will prove highly acceptable to that venerable institution. Being well assured that you will take great satisfaction in lending your assistance for the fulfilment of purposes so liberal and beneficial, I am happy in thus recommending them to your attention, and remain / Your affectionate & dutiful Son.