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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0062 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 18 January 1736 n.s.
Dated 18 Januar. 1736.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Ex ultimis vestris tandem summo cum gaudio percepi schema impressum Tibi arridere, proinde ergo octo paginas typographo tradidi; verum pervolvens chartas vestras animadverti Te in sequentibus generibus adscribere post DillenijDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
genera numerum paginarum, quem ideo quoque in Coryspermo adscripsi, ac ibidem annum 1712 post Juss.Jussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillantís
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
AG.[1] Verum in Justicia scribis duas literas quae maculatae sunt, putem eas debere esse AA. ut per eas intelligi debeant Acta Anglicana.[2]

Gaudeo quod genera usque ad didynamiam transcripseris, hortorque ut cum reliquis ita procedas usque dum ad finem perveneris; neque tamen suaderem ut chartas eas nautis vel tabellariis committas, quippe infortunium posset contingere, et satis largam copiam in antecessum habeo, usque dum Septimo Februarij die huc venias, quum octavo Februarij novus creatur Rector Magnificus.[3] Quod chartae ArtediArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
Linnaeus.
in manus vestras pervenerint, gaudeo, et quod de iis nolis disponere antequam ab ejus[a][a] : <imp>[ejus supra lineam
add. Gronovius
]
consanguineis habeas responsum, est valde honestum.

Quod impressa phylira desideres unum alterumve exemplar, non opus est ut roges, sed ad lubitum potes tot quot velis habere; neque hoc ex me ipso scribo, sed Bibliopolam de ea re interrogans admodum facilem et honestum inveni, atque omnem directionem mihi permittit.[4] Putem quoque illum dignissimum fore qui Floram vestram Lapponicam imprimeret. Sed de hoc proposito melius disserere possumus cum in Generibus ulterius processerit.

Flosculum Acasum quem desideras, chartula hac inclusam videbis.

Characterem Croci in chartis vestris delevi et novum transmissum characterem in locum substitui.

Interim Typographus de GrootGroot, Johan Wilhelm de (?-?).
Dutch. Printer in Leiden.
in hanc usque diem nos neglexit cum Demonstratione vestra, cujus quaedam modo exemplaria in gratiam vestram imprimenda Dom[inus] LawsonLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
mecum curavit, quaeque quam primum glacies liquata transmittemus. Charta est paulo major prae defectu alterius, sed si circumcidatur, ad eandem magnitudinem qua Systema redigi potest.[b][b] : <imp>[Charta est - redigi
potest post add. Gronovius]

Haec ante quinque dies scripta erant, quum amici et consanguinei Daventrienses me visitarent, quibuscum more Germano vivere ut illis placerem coactus, hanc differre debui.

Literas accepi a MilleroMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, datas principio Novembris, quae mihi traditae sunt per amicum qui iter ex Anglia per Flandriam instituit; is valde cupit videre Systema Vestrum. Mirum quod nondum habeam responsorias ad eas quae fasciculum (qui continebat exemplaria quaedam Systematis pro Societate, SloaneSloane, Hans (1660-1753).
British. Physician, naturalist and
collector. Secretary of the Royal
Society in 1693, president in 1727.
Sloaneís collections of natural history
objects were donated to the English
nation and were one of cornerstones of
the British Museum (1759). Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, MeadMead, Richard (1673-1754).
British. Influential physician.
Appointed physician to George II in
1727.
, MartinMartyn, John (1699-1768).
British. Physician, professor of botany
at Cambridge.
, DillenioDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Millero, ShawShaw, Thomas (1692-1751).
British. Explorer, professor of Greek at
Oxford. Collector of natural history
objects. Travelled in the Middle East
and in Africa.
) comitabantur.

Quaeso dicas mihi ad quod genus Alcedo avis referri debeat,[5] item an Lavaret piscis cujus meminit Boccon.Boccone, Silvio-Paolo
(1633-1704). Italian. Botanist at the
court of Ferdinand II of Tuscany,
professor of botany at Padua.
Observ. 45, pag. 289, ic. tab. 2, p. 101[6] sit Lavaretus qui in Systemate ad Coregonum refertur; [7] videtur esse idem piscis cujus ScheuchserScheuchzer, Johann Jacob
(1672-1733). Swiss. Naturalist,
physician, historian, mathematician,
founder of palaeontology. Brother of
Johann Scheuchzer.
meminit in Itin. Alp., pag. 481, ubi vocatur Ferra piscis Lacus Lemanni.[8]
Ad quod genus pertinet Salio piscis cujus Boccone meminit loco citato; creta nigra pictorum; lapis frumentalis; crinones et comedones infantum germanis Mitesser, de quibus Acta Eruditorum a. 1682, p. 316; sirones et cirones germ. Seuren et Rietliesen [sic][c][c] : <imp>Imo Reitliesen.
See Zedlerís Universal-lexicon,
31 (Leipzig-Halle 1742), p. 407, s.v.
Reitliesen; Grimm-Grimm, Deutsches
Wörterbuch
, 8, 1893, col. 788,
s.v. Reitliese.
ibidem.
Terra nigra pictorum ad quod genus pertinet? Item frumentalis lapis Scheuchzeri It., p. 7, 200, 478.[9] Quaeso excuses me quod tantas Tibi creem molestias.

Cum primum folium Characterum est impressum, ad Te mittam ut judicium vestrum cognoscere queam.

Vale et saluta Dom[inum] CliffortiumClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
. Quaeso melusam [sic] hanc tradas Dom[ino] SchenkSchenk, Dutch. Paper
merchant.
, qui chartas et Tabulas vendit in platea vulgo Warmoestraet.

Tuus J[oannes] F[redericus] Gronovius.

Dom[inus] Lawson mihi in mandatis dedit ut quando ad Te scriberem, Te commonefacere vellem quod cum hic eris Tecum sit collocuturus de rebus de quibus ad illum scripsisti.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum], 18 Januar[ii] 1736.

upSUMMARY

Johan Frederik Gronovius was pleased to hear that Linnaeus approved of the first page of Genera plantarum, a proof of which was printed. Accordingly, he has handed down eight pages to the printer; some minor problems which occurred in Linnaeusís manuscript have been solved by Gronovius before.

Gronovius encourages Linnaeus to proceed swiftly with the description of the genera. However, Linnaeus is dissuaded from sending his manuscripts by post (either by ship or by horse), as this is far too perilous. Moreover, Gronovius has enough copy at his disposal until 7 February when Linnaeus is expected to pay him a visit at Leiden. Gronovius is pleased to hear that Linnaeus has finally received Peter A. Artediís manuscripts.

Whenever a sheet or philyra (containing 16 pages) of the Genera plantarum will be printed, Linnaeus will receive as many copies of it as he wants. This was readily conceded by the printer Conrad Wishoff who in Gronoviusís opinion deserves to print Flora Lapponica as well.

Following Linnaeusís instructions, Gronovius sends him the description of acasus; furthermore, he has deleted the genus crocus and replaced it by the genus which Linnaeus has sent him.

As soon as the ice will melt, Linnaeus will be sent the copies of the Methodus demonstrandi which Johan Wilhelm de Groot failed to print earlier. Gronovius reminds Linnaeus of the fact that it was thanks to Isaac Lawson and himself that at least a limited number of copies of this work could be printed at all.

The above mentioned was written by Gronovius five days ago. Due to visits of friends and relatives from Deventer, however, Gronovius was unable to finish his letter and send it to Linnaeus.

Gronovius informs Linnaeus that he has received a letter from Philip Miller, who let him know that he eagerly wanted to see Linnaeusís Systema naturae. Surprisingly enough, Gronovius has not yet received any answer to the letter he sent to England, containing various copies of the Systema naturae which were destined for the Royal Society, Sir Hans Sloane, Richard Mead, John Martyn, Johann Jacob Dillenius, Philip Miller, and Thomas Shaw.

Gronovius has drawn up a small list containing the names of various minerals, plants, and animals which Linnaeus is asked to identify for him.

As soon as the first sheet of the Genera plantarum will be printed, Gronovius will send it to Linnaeus so that he can judge the result. When Linnaeus will be in Leiden, Isaac Lawson will discuss with him the points he has raised in the letter he wrote to him.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 390). [1] [2]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp>[ejus supra lineam add. Gronovius]
b.
<imp>[Charta est - redigi potest post add. Gronovius]
c.
<imp>Imo Reitliesen. See Zedlerís Universal-lexicon, 31 (Leipzig-Halle 1742), p. 407, s.v. Reitliesen; Grimm-Grimm, Deutsches Wörterbuch, 8, 1893, col. 788, s.v. Reitliese.

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.
See Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
, p. 4, no. 12: Justicia Houst. A.A. Adhatoda Tournef. 79. Ecbolium Riv. I.129. See also Gronoviusís letter of 3 January 1736Letter L0067 in which Gronovius transcribed Linnaeusís manuscript as follows: ďJusticia. Houst. A.B.Ē
3.
Franciscus FabriciusFabricius, Franciscus
(1663-1738). Dutch. Professor of
theology, Leiden. Vice Chancellor at the
University of Leiden.
IV. See Rieu, Album , col. 960. For Gronoviusís invitation to come to Leiden on 7 February, see also his letter of January/February 1736 n.s.Letter L0059.
4.
5.
In the handwritten notes added by Linnaeus to the sixth edition of Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
(Stockholm 1748), the genus ispida was replaced by the genus alcedo (p. 21, no. 46). The change was taken over in the following editions of Systema naturae.
6.
Boccone & Boccone, MuseoBoccone, Silvio-Paolo Museo
di fisica e di esperienze: variato, e
decorato di osservatzioni naturali, note
medicinali, e ragionamenti secondo i
principii deí moderni
(Venice 1697).
, Osservazione quarantesima quinta, p. 289: ďLavaret, e Salione Pesci rari, e singolari nelle loro Provincie; see also the engraved picture of the fish lavaret on the sheet inserted between pp. 100-101 (tab. 2, pag. 101).
7.
8.
Scheuchzer, Itinera , p. 481: Ferra Lacus Lemani Piscis.
9.
See Scheuchzer, Itinera , pp. 7, 200 and 478.