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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0065 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 7 January 1736 n.s.
Dated 7 Januar. 1736.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Doctissime Linnaee

Quod mecum ita ludas, rideo; verum quod ultimo tempore hinc discedens tam aperte promiseris Uxori meae[1] Te hisce feriis rediturum et vestes Lapponicas allaturum, aegerrime Illa fert. Potes agere prout velis, sed tamen non est honestum. Neque ego censeo me talia demeruisse, sed sane longe contraria. Et quid dicendum de tali cui nulla fides adhiberi potest, aeque bene scis quam ego. Sed sis persuasus me nullam vindictam capturum, quippe qui satis novi Te haec non facere sponte tua, sed coactum; hinc potes esse certus, si quae beneficia in Te conferre possim, ea fore paratissima. Sed ut placetur animus Uxoris quaeso quam primum ad me scribas quando per aliquot dies mecum esse poteris. Debes quoque curare ut BoerhaveBoerhaave, Herman (1668-1738).
Dutch. Professor of medicine, botany and
chemistry at Leiden. One of the most
influential professors of medicine of
the eighteenth century. Linnaeus visited
him during his stay in Holland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
quam primum habeat librum tuum,[2] nam typographus exemplaria nunc distribuit. Immensam copiam seminum et fructuum Bahamensium mercatori meo Londini traditam singula die expecto.[3]

Vale.

J[oannes] F[redericus] Gronovius

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 7 Januar[ii] 1736.

[address] Mijn Heer / Carolus Linnaeus bij D[e] Heer Cliffort op de Hartecamp / Met een pack boeke hier aanen

upSUMMARY

During his last stay with Johan Frederik Gronovius and his wife, Linnaeus promised to pay them another visit on the feast of Epiphany (6 January) and bring along his clothes from Lapland on that occasion. Gronovius informs Linnaeus that his wife is angry with him because he failed to keep his promise. Gronovius thinks he deserved better than that. Nevertheless, he will not take revenge on him for that, as he knows that Linnaeus was forced to break his promise against his will. To mitigate his wife, however, Linnaeus should let him know as soon as possible when he can come to Leiden for a couple of days. Furthermore, Linnaeus should make sure that Herman Boerhaave receives as soon as possible a copy of his Systema Naturae, which is being distributed by the printer. Last but not least, Gronovius informs Linnaeus that he is shortly expecting a large amount of Bahamian seeds and fruits which has been delivered to his business contact in London.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 388). [1] [2]