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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0095 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 30 September 1736 n.s.
Dated ult. Sept.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Opportuno tempore heri accesserunt novi vestri Characteres, quorum ultimum genus Polygamiam claudens numerum constituit 775.[1] Horum quatuor paginae jam Typographos exercent, adeo ut videas eos jam strenue res suas agere.

Reliquas chartas quas desideras post Rudbeckiam, jussu vestro ad Te mitto; si quae in iis observes minus recte facta, quaeso me moneas. Interim hodie mane perlegi Characteres vestros m[anuscripto]s in quibus quaedam dubia se mihi obtulerunt vid[elicet]

In Nyssa in fl[ore] femina [sic] describis semen hoc modo
SEM: Nux ovalis, acutus, sulcis longitudinalibus exaratus, angularis, irregularis.[2]
In Arunco in femina describis pericarpium hoc modo
PER: Capsulae nullae[a][a] : <imp>[tres ante
nullae del. Gronovius]
, nisi crustae seminum.[3]
In Ephedra in femina describis calycem hoc modo
CAL. perianthium quintuplex, alterum alteri impositum, alternatis lacinis. Quid ultima vox significet conjicere nequeo.[4]
In Observatione ad Polygamiam scribis[b][b] : <imp>[scribis
scripsi; scribit
Gronovius]

Modus Polygamiae sequentes possibiles sunt. Nonne debet esse Modi.[5]

Ad haec precor quam primum respondeas, et si possibile sit plantas ante diem mercurij[6] ad me mittas. Interim quoque de quibusdam paginis, quas e Characteribus vestris recudi desideras me monere poteris, et quidem quam primum, quum Typographi tam strenue proceda[n]t ut hodie novam phyliram corrigendam miserint, cujus ultimum genus constituit Myrica,[7] post quam modo 29 Genera restant, quae non sufficiunt in sequentem hebdomadem. Ex Cornubia Angliae plurimas accepi minerarum species, quae cum lapidibus et variis ex Helvetia ac Germania acceptis fere ducentos loculos implent.[8] Haec omnia separatim retinebo usque dum mihi nomina dederis. Interim spero ex curiosis vestris quaedam in potestatem meam ventura.

Vale et fave Tui observantissimo

J[ohanni] F[rederico] Gronovio.

Quaeso si Amstelodamum petas tradat Tibi BurmannusBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
unam alteramve plantam, quam ex meis habet exsiccatis.[9]

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] ult[ima] Sept[embris].

upSUMMARY

The day before, Johan Frederik Gronovius received a new fascicle of genera from Linnaeus (going up to no. 775). Industrious as they are, the printers are already dealing with the first four pages.

On Linnaeus’s request, Gronovius sends back the sheets containing the genera listed after Rudbeckia. Mistakes discovered by Linnaeus should be indicated to Gronovius. Meanwhile, Gronovius has read through the new fascicle and noted down some passages which seem dubious to him. Linnaeus is asked to solve the problems indicated and send all the corrections that have to be made as soon as possible, since the printers are making such a good progess that they do not have enough work left until next week.

Gronovius informs Linnaeus that he has received several minerals from Cornwall. Together with the stones and other objects sent from Switzerland and Germany, they constitute around 200 items. He will preserve them separately until Linnaeus has revealed him their proper names. Meanwhile, he hopes to obtain some of the curiosa Linnaeus possesses. When Linnaeus goes to Amsterdam, Burman should give him some plants which Gronovius has sent him from his own herbarium.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 396). [1] [2]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp>[tres ante nullae del. Gronovius]
b.
<imp>[scribis scripsi; scribit Gronovius]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.
3.
4.
Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
, no. 766: “CAL: Perianthium quintuplex, alterum alteri impositum, alternatis laciniis, in figuram ovatam etc.”.
5.
The correction suggested by Gronovius was taken over by Linnaeus in the final version of Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
, p. 314 (introduction to classis XXIII: Polygamiae).
6.
Linnaeus is asked to send Gronovius the corrected version of the genera mentioned by Gronovius mentioned before Wednesday 3 October.
7.
8.
For the minerals from Cornwall, see also Gronovius’s letter of 15 June 1736 n.s.Letter L0089.
9.
See also Gronovius’s letter of 27 November 1736 n.s.Letter L0109.