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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0053 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 12 November 1735 n.s.
Dated 1735 12 Nov.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Literae vestrae una cum altera parte Regni Animalis[1] opportuno tempore me invenerunt: ilico eam Typographo[2] tradidi, qui ei corrigendae usque hanc in horam insudat, meque praesentem saepius desiderat. Non dubito quin crastino die correctissima sit futura; curam gessi, ut ad mentem Vestram omnia sint emendata. Observationum quas ad tergum imprimi desideras, Dom[inus] LawsonLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in se suscepit curam. Et interea cum priore parte Regni Animalis tantum processit Typographus, ut mihi promittam eam intra 6 dies absolutam fore. Remanente solummodum titulo, qui nihil retardabit. Paradoxa quoque ad mentem Vestram sunt composita. Adeo ut post sex mensium decursum et laborem[a][a] : <imp>[et laborem supra
lin. add. Gronovius
]
tabulae Vestrae in lucem sint proditurae[b][b] : <imp>[prodit- ex litteris
illegibilibus corr. Gronovius
]
sequenti hebdomade[c][c] : <imp>[sequenti hebdomade
supra lin. add. Gronovius]
, quod Tibi gratulor, et etiam mihi quippe qui hoc tempore sc[ilicet] binis ultimis anni mensibus soleo esse occupatissimus negotiis privatis et conviviis[d][d] : <imp>[et conviviis supra
lin. add. Gronovius
]
. Tamen tantum superesse temporis spatium poterit, ut primum folium characterum Generum Vestrorum possit imprimi,[3] ut illud una simul mittam in Angliam cum Tabulis, in quem finem, si vaces, desidero ut ad me mittas quadraginta genera quorum characteres composuisti. Forte hic numerus cum illis novendecim quae mecum communicasti, implebunt phyliram sive 16 paginas, verum Ipse non possum exacte computare, quot genera phylira poterit comprehendere.

Verum de characteribus quibus imprimerentur vellem judicium Vestrum et etiam Domini CliffortijClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
. Quaeso inspicias Clavim Systematis Sexualis. Nomen genericum vellem iisdem literis quibus ORDINES, MONOGAMIA imprimuntur, partes fructificationis literis paulo minoribus quo Sic planta propagat, textum autem ut verba a feminis seu pistillis ut classes a maribus, quae cursive debent imprimi verbis cum flores Hermaphroditi ob defectum stigmatis pistilli.

Ego interim in Nova Genera abs Te composita Elucidationes quasdam vellem, quarum specimen in adjuncta charta conspicies. Haec possint tanquam Joh[annis] Fr[ederici] GronovijGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Elucidationes in Nova Genera a Car[olo] Linnaeo composita in fine libri apponi, vel possent abbreviari et[e][e] : <imp>[verbum illegibile
post et del. Gronovius]
post proprium characterem sequi, ut esset quasi liber cum notis.[4] Tu Rem perpendas cum Nobiliss[imo] Cliffortio, quem meo nomine salutes.

Vale et cura Te ipsum.

J[ohannes] Fr[edericus] Gronovius

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 1735 12 Nov[embris].[f][f] : <imp>[1735 post
Nov[embris] del. Gronovius]

Credo tamen Elucidationes meas aptius ad finem posse apponi.

[address] Mijn Heer / De Heer Carolus Linnaeus Med[icus] / op de Hartecamp te Bennebroek / Met de schuyt van twee uren / den 15 Nov[ember]

upSUMMARY

Assisted by Johan Frederik Gronovius, the printer is correcting the second part of the “Animal kingdom”. The first part of the “Animal kingdom”, containing the revised version of the Paradoxa, is already in print. Lawson has taken care of the observations which are to be printed at the back of the “Animal kingdom”. So only the title of the Systema naturae remains to be done, which will not cause any delay. In short, after six months of hard work the Systema naturae will finally be published next week. This is quite a relief for Gronovius who is usually very occupied by domestic affairs and banquets during the last two months of the year. Despite these private occupations, he will nonetheless see to it that a first sheet of genera will be printed and sent to England together with the Systema naturae. Therefore, Linnaeus is asked to send him another series of 40 genera, which together with the 19 genera previously described ought to fill 16 pages in octavo.

Taking the Clavis systematis sexualis in the Systema naturae as a point of reference, Gronovius makes a detailed proposal regarding the type and size of letter to be used in printing the Genera plantarum. Taking up a suggestion already made in a previous letter, Gronovius proposes to write himself some elucidatory notes on the new genera established by Linnaeus. These elucidations could be inserted as loose notes accompanying the various genera described by Linnaeus or, preferably, be placed at the end of the work and published as a separate appendix. Linnaeus should discuss the issue with Clifford.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 376-377). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp>[et laborem supra lin. add. Gronovius]
b.
<imp>[prodit- ex litteris illegibilibus corr. Gronovius]
c.
<imp>[sequenti hebdomade supra lin. add. Gronovius]
d.
<imp>[et conviviis supra lin. add. Gronovius]
e.
<imp>[verbum illegibile post et del. Gronovius]
f.
<imp>[1735 post Nov[embris] del. Gronovius]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
The latter part of the “Regnum animale” containing the fishes, insects and worms, as opposed to the first part containing the quadrupeds, birds, amphibians and paradoxes.
2.
3.
4.
The suggestion was first put forward in his letter to Linnaeus of 12 October n.s.Letter L0048. See also his letter to Linnaeus of 25 November n.s.Letter L0051.