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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0049 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 8 October 1735 n.s.
Dated 8 Octob. 1735.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Fere caecum me reddidere correctiones hujus tabulae,[1] quam Te exacte revisere desidero; praecipue vellem ut curiose examines numeros illos, qui hinc et inde post nomina plantarum inveniuntur, inspiciasque propria illa loca quae per illos numeros citas.

Dein in Polyandria monogynia post Anacampseros sequitur genus quod vocas Acasia, nescio an recte.
        Pentagyn. post Ficoideam ponis literam N. an non debet alia esse, quid enim significat.
Tetradynamia habes Coronopus Hk. Rp. Quid hoc Hk. an non debet esse Hs.
        In fine Cheri. Leucojum an non Keiri.[a][a] : <imp>[Cheiri ante
Keiri lin. del. Gronovius]

Monadelphia ibi habes ad latus PENTANDRIA. VANDRIA. quod puto esse debet VIANDRIA.[2]
Deinde ibi habes Xeraea. Amaranthoides T. et ibidem in Decandria habes Zerea. Amaranthoides T. videtur hic confusio.[3]
        Dein ibi habes Geranium V:1[4]
Gruinalis V:1. quid volunt hi numeri, inspice et confer an se bene habeant.
Dein in Monad. polyand. habes Malope, an rectum est? et sic in
Diadelphia Ulex.
Et habes Arachis. Charta Tua erat maculata, ut nesciam an velis Arachis vel Arachus.[5]
Syngenesia polyg. superfl. habes Anthemis Chamomilla T. an non debet esse Chamaemelum, prout TournefortiusTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
scribit.[6]
Gynandria polyand. Acorus VI:1. quid hi numeri volunt.
Monoecia triand. Biasperus. dubito an scripseris Biasperus vel Diasperus.
IVand. quid sibi vult V.4 Urtica. an non debet esse X:4.
Dioecia VIand. VI.3 Rumex acetoso[sic] an non debes[sic][b][b] : <imp>[Imo debet] esse VI.2.
Polygam. dioecia X.5. Sedi Rhodia[7] quid hoc vult,
et Empetrum III.1

Quaeso nitide considera et examina ac confer omnia, curesque ut crastino die iterum has chartas cum correctione habeam. Ultra 200 plantas ex Virginia accepi; obstupesces cum eas videbis. Hinc inde semina deradere poterimus pro Domino CliffortClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
cui et specimina quae in duplo sunt destino.

Vale.

8 Octob[ris] 1735.

Joh[annes] Fred[ericus] Gronovius

An Michelia an Michellia. prius melius.[8]

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus is kindly asked to revise the proofs of the second table of “Regnum vegetabile”. Above all, he should pay particular attention to the numbers which are indicated after the names of the plants and check the corresponding passages which are referred to by these numbers. Next, Johan Frederik Gronovius gives a detailed list of specific problems related to the second table of “Regnum vegetabile”. Linnaeus has to make sure that Gronovius receives the revised proofs the following day.

Gronovius has received more than 200 plants from Virginia. He will send George Clifford some seeds, as well as duplicate specimens.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 368). [1] [2]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp>[Cheiri ante Keiri lin. del. Gronovius]
b.
<imp>[Imo debet]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
This is a reference to the second table of “Regnum vegetabile” in Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
, as can be deduced from Gronovius’s letter of 12 October 1735Letter L0048.
2.
Gronovius’s suggestion was not followed by Linnaeus; the printed version of Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
reads: PENTANDRIA. DECANDRIA.
3.
In the printed version, zerea has been withdrawn from the Decandria.
4.
Printed version: Geranium X:1.
5.
Printed version: Arachis Cracca Rv.
6.
Gronovius’s suggestion was followed by Linnaeus in the printed version of “Regnum vegetabile”. See Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, Corrolarium institutionum rei herbariae, in Institutiones rei herbariaeTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
Institutiones rei herbariae, I-II
(Paris 1700).
, tom. 1 (Paris 1719), p. 37. To Chamaemelum Orientale, Absinthii folio, Linnaeus added in the margin Anth[emis] pontica.
7.
Printed version: § X.5. Sedum. Rhodia.
8.
Gronovius’s suggestion was followed by Linnaeus in the printed version of Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
: Polyandria Monogynia, calice persistente: Michelia † Samstravadi HM. See also the observation made by Linnaeus in his Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
(1737), no. 337: “Micheliam in Systemate Naturae dictam, viso tandem flore, ad Eugenias pertinere cognovi, hinc aliud heic genus sub eodem nomine substituo.”