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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0057 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 26 December 1735 n.s.
Dated 28 Decem. 1735. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Non dubito quin aliquot diebus has expectaveris.[1] Promissis stare volui quidem, sed non potui; attamen si fatear verum, nec mea, nec typographi nec bibliopolae[2] culpa. Verum Methodus quam servandam in unaquaque pagina desideras typographum non inutilem reddidit, quippe qui in variis paginis literas & lineas numerare coactus, tandem in hunc literarum characterem incidit, qui mihi et amicis Vestris maxime placet, in quem usum hanc schedulam transmitto. Semper autem meminisse debes, quod, si occurrat pagina quae contineat plures lineas, ea hoc charactere possit in longius extendi, idque neque operi neque Lectori displicebit. Ergo precor rem cum nobilissimo CliffortioClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
et alijs amicis consideres et quam primum possis opinionem eorum mecum communices, tum alacriter procedemus. Quid nunc dicunt Amstelodamenses de Systemate Naturae hic Lugduni impresso? Salutant Te Dom[inus] EnsEns, Abram (?-1770). Dutch.
Doctor of medicine at Leiden and
Utrecht, later in Russia.
, LawsonLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, CramerKramer, Johann Andreas
(1710-1777). German. Chemist and
physician, member of the scientific club
in Leiden of which Linnaeus was
president.
.

Vale et Tibi addictum scias

Joann[em] Fred[ericum] Gronovium

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 28 Decem[bris] 1735

[address] Mijn Heer / Mijn Heer Carolus Linnaeus Med[icinae] Doct[or] /ten huyse de H[ee]r en M[ijnhee]r George Cliffort I[uris] U[triusque] D[octor] / te Amsterdam.

upSUMMARY

The method or system which Linnaeus wants to be observed on each page of the Genera plantarum has caused some delay in printing. Forced to count the number of letters and lines on several pages, the printer has finally found a letter type which enables him to extend as it were a page, if it happens to contain too many lines. Gronovius and his friends are pleased with the letter type. However, Linnaeus should consider the proposed solution with his friends in Amsterdam, including George Clifford. Gronovius asks in passing what the Amstelodamenses think of the Systema naturae printed in Leiden. Abram Ens, Isaac Lawson, and Johann Andreas Kramer send Linnaeus their greetings.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 382-383). [1] [2] [3]