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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0056 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 30 December 1735 n.s.
Dated 30 Dec. 1735. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Doctissimo ac Celeberrimo Dom[ino] Carolo Linnaeo
Med[icinae] Doct[ori]
s[alutem] p[lurimam] d[icunt]
Joannes Fredericus Gronovius & Isaac LawsonLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[1]

Heri ac hodie ex Literis Vestris cognovimus Desiderium Vestrum de quibusdam Exemplaribus Systematis Vestri, quae Tibi semper parata esse ultimo tempore, cum hic esses,[2] satis cognovisti. Mittimus itaque supra numerum quem tunc temporis Tibi dedimus, octoginta exemplaria, quae Tibi grata fore speramus, Unicum modo desiderantes, ut nobiscum per ocium Auctores generum in Systemate Vestro recensitorum communices. Si quae tamen exemplaria distribuendi Amstelodami vel alibi Tibi occasio foret, libenter Tibi permittimus. Nos enim illud opus lucri nostri causa non suscepimus, sed si subductis expensis aliquid inde lucrari liceret, id Tibi in Memoriam nostram destinatum habemus; proinde unicum hoc desideramus, ne cuiquam tradas exemplar nisi solutis Tibi quinquaginta stuferis, tanti enim nobis constat singulum exemplar.[3]

Vale.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 30 Dec[embris] 1735

[address] Mijn Heer / Mijn Heer Carolus Linnaeus Med[icinae] D[octo]r / ten huyse den Wele[del]ge[boren] Heer en M[ijnheer] George Cliffort I[uris] U[triusque] D[octor] / te Amsterdam

Met een pak gemerkt C[arolo] L[innaeo]

upSUMMARY

Since Linnaeus has requested some more copies of his Systema naturae, Gronovius and Isaac Lawson have decided to send him 80 additional copies. They ask him in return to be so kind as to communicate the authors of the genera which have been listed in the Systema naturae. Linnaeus is allowed to distribute copies of the Systema naturae in Amsterdam or elsewhere, on condition that no one will receive a book unless he has paid 50 stivers for it. They have not undertaken the printing of the book to make money for themselves; rather they intend to grant Linnaeus any profit that will be left after having deduced the expenses.

[i/1] The back of the letter (p. 385 verso) contains five rudimentary pen and ink drawings of various parts of a plant, probably made by Linnaeus himself.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 384-385). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
The letter clearly betrays Gronoviusís handwriting and not Lawsonís.
2.
Linnaeusís latest stay in Leiden dates from 13 December. See Gronoviusís letter to Linnaeus of 3 December 1735 n.s.Letter L0058, in which Linnaeusís visit is announced.
3.
The purchase price, apparently being equal to the cost price, was 20 guilders higher than originally planned. See Gronoviusís letter to Linnaeus of 19 August 1735 n.s.Letter L0036.