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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0097 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 26 September 1736 n.s.
Dated 26 Sept. 1736.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Doctissime et Amicissime vir

Peregrinorum ex Transisalania adventus prohibuit quo minus promissis stare potuerim in transmittendis nominibus plantarum.[1] Interim tamen cum characteribus egregie processit typographus; numerus enim 717 qui Xanthium comprehendit, jam impressus est; et hac ipsa die novam phyliram corrigendam expecto, restantibus adhuc circum circa 14 genera in iis chartis quas die Solis[2] mihi tradidisti.

Interim collegi omnes chartas, quibus characteres Vestros praecedenti anno ex ore vestro inscripseram numeris suis notatos, quos ne dispergas quaeso. In iis Nyssam reperies num. 20.[3]

In generibus Tuis num. 685 Neottiam habes, cuius nominis rationem quaeso mihi reddas. Huic synonymum addis Corallorrhizam RuppijRuppe, Heinrich Bernhard
(1688-1719). German. Student of
medicine, botanist, author of the
Flora Jenensis (1718).
, quam primum non potui reperiri in Flora Jenensi, postea tamen id accuratius repetenti occurrit Orobanche spuria s[eu] corallorrhiza p. 242, neque dubito quin haec sit planta eadem.[4]

D[ominus] LawsonLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
mittit tibi Pharmacopaeum DaleiDale, Samuel (1659-1739).
British. Apothecary and physician.
[ 5] cum supplemento.

Consideres nunc quaeso quando Cryptogamia erit absoluta[6] quid debeat sequi. Ego indicem generum et synonymorum accuratissimum confeci, qui immensus fuit labor et plurimum temporis abstulit. Pariter et contuli omnia genera TournefortiiTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
, quaedamque annotavi in characteribus Vestris non reperiunda, quorum indiculum tecum communicabo quum ad Cryptogamiam pervenerimus.[7] Si quid aliud sit quod a me desideras, sis persuasus me Tibi paratissimum fore.

Interim magnopere me Tibi devincires si quas mihi exsiccaveris plantas, sive semisiccatae sive adhuc madidae sint, ad me mittas. Saluta quaeso D[ominum] CliffortiumClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
.

Vale et fave

Tuo Gronovio.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 26 Sept[embris] 1736.

Quando scribis ad professorem botanices Pedroburgi,[8] roges eum an velit mecum communicare semina Tartarica et Russica; ego Americana in locum mittam.

upSUMMARY

The arrival of some visitors from Overijssel prevented Johan Frederik Gronovius from keeping his promise and sending the manuscript containing the Critica botanica to the printer. However, the printer is making good progress with the Genera plantarum, which has already been printed up to no. 717. Moreover, Gronovius expects to receive from him today 16 more pages of proofs that have to be corrected. In the meantime, Gronovius has collected all the sheets that contain the descriptions of genera which Linnaeus dictated to him last year, together with their specific number. Linnaeus is kindly requested not to mix them up.

Next, Gronovius asks Linnaeus to explain the name neottia (no. 685). According to Linnaeus, it is synonymous with corallorrhiza, a plant which Gronovius has finally succeeded in finding back in Heinrich Bernhard Ruppe’s Flora Jenensis.

Gronovius informs Linnaeus that Isaac Lawson will send him a copy of Samuel Dale’s Pharmacologia as well as his Supplementum pharmacologiae.

Linnaeus is asked to consider what should be done after having completed the Cryptogamia. Gronovius has already drawn up an accurate index of genera and synonyms. Moreover, he has collected all the genera that are to be found in Joseph Pitton de Tournefort’s work and indicated all those plants that are not described by Linnaeus in his Genera plantarum. Linnaeus should let him know if there is anything else he wants him to do. Meanwhile, he would be very grateful if Linnaeus could send him some of the plants he has dried for him, whether they are half-dry or still wet.

Finally, Gronovius wants Linnaeus to ask John Amman to share Tartarian and Russian seeds with him in exchange for the American seeds he will send.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 394-395). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.
This letter was written on Wednesday 26 September. Consequently, Gronovius refers to a manuscript given to him by Linnaeus on Sunday 23 September.
3.
4.
5.
6.
The “Cryptogamia” constitutes the 24th class in Linnaeus’s Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
: “Cryptogamia continet Vegetabilia, quorum Fructificationes visui nostro sese subtrahunt” (p. 320).
7.
This Indiculus apparently was the basis of the Fragmenta Tournefortiana inserted into Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
(pp. 357-360).
8.