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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0104 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 7 October 1736 n.s.
Dated 7 Oct. 1736.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Die Veneris[1] accepi iterum sat magnam copiam generum tuorum, et quidem in tempore quum eorum pars jam typographos exerceat; quocirca velim ut statim ad quaestiones in aversa parte folij scriptas respondeas. Gaudeo opus hoc tam prope ad finem perductum, quum mihi alia nunc agenda sint; neque Tibi inservire amplius potero nisi expirante hoc mense.

Hasteriae nomen vel prasium non occurrit inter genera tua.[2]

Triumfettae genus poteris mutare quandocumque velis.[3]

Mitto iterum duo folia impressa. Pudet me legisse Myriophylon pro Myriophyllon[4] et pudet pag. 310 Isocandria legi pro Icosandria.[5] Idcirco gaudeo quod opus ad finem properet, quippe coacto ad alia se accingere facile talia praetervidentur menda.

Iterum Lapides ex Hanoveria accepi et die Jovis[6] specimina plantarum ex Nova expecto Anglia.

Vale et Tibi addictum scito

J[oannem] Fr[edericum] Gronovium.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 7 Oct[obris] 1736.

[pag. 397] Filicum
Ponis primo pro titulo folij Cryptogamia, tum PLANTAE. Tum sequitur Genus 776 Ficus
Huius characterem cum dedisti, scribis
Filices
Equisetum * Tournef.Tournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
307
Fructificationes in spicam ovato-oblongam digestae.
Singula orbiculata, truncata, a basi dehiscens pluribus angulis, peltata.[7]
Tunc scribis 777[a][a] : <imp>[777 ex 778
corr. Gronovius]
Osmunda* Tournef. 324. Plum.Plumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
works.
fil. 156-160.
Nunc quaero an Equisetum ibi non ponatur pro genere: et si hoc, debet appositum habere numerum 777, et Osmunda tum debet habere num. 778. Quodsi non ponatur pro genere, neque debeat habere numerum 777 ad latus positum, rem non intelligo, et debebis me monere quomodo istud Equisetum debeat stare.[8]

Num. 784 Acrosticum. ubi scribis
Fructificationes per totum discum pronum folii, accumulati in unum acervum. haec non cohaerent, forte debet scribi accumulatae.[9]

Num. 822. Sertularia. ubi scribis
Lithophyton articulatum, ... instar connexis articulis. Verbum quod in spatio vacuo scripsisti legere nequeo.[10]

Num. 825 Maranta. ubi in Stam. scribis laciniis corollae assimilans. hoc non intelligo.[11]

Post Marantam ad marginem characterem das Alpiniae et apponis num. 827 et post hunc ponis Kaempferiam num. 826. quaeso dicas quaenam debeat praecedere.

Deinde Kaempferiae adscribis synonymum BurmanniBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
quod legere nequeo; an sit Arvorchis nescio.[12]

upSUMMARY

Johan Frederik Gronovius has received again a large amount of genera described by Linnaeus. It has arrived just in time, as the printers have already started dealing with the new genera by now. This is also the reason why Linnaeus should answer Gronovius’s questions immediately; they have been noted down on the back of the sheet containing this letter. Gronovius is glad that the work has approached completion as he has other things to do and cannot be of any help anymore until the end of the month.

Discussion of some plants.

Gronovius sends Linnaeus again two printed folios. He is ashamed that he has overlooked some grave mistakes, which is due to the fact that he is forced to concentrate his mind on other matters.

Gronovius has received once again some stones from Hannover and is expecting shortly some specimens of plants from New England.

A separate page contains a discussion of genera sent to Gronovius by Linnaeus.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 397-398). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp>[777 ex 778 corr. Gronovius]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Friday 5 October. Gronovius’s letter is dated on Sunday 7 October.
2.
The genus Heisteria was inserted into the Appendix Diadelphiae as no. 879; the genus Prasium was added to the second edition of the Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
issued in 1742, no. 588 as part of the “Didynamia Gymnospermia”.
3.
4.
Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
, no. 724, p. 290 has Myriophylum, whereas the index reads Myriophyllum. The error on p. 290, which was made by Gronovius, was duly indicated in the list of emendanda.
5.
The mistake was duly indicated in the list of emendanda.
6.
Thursday 11 October.
7.
On p. 321 of the printed edition of Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
, Linnaeus discusses the first ordo of the Cryptogamia, namely the plants (Plantae), which contains the genus Ficus (no. 776). The following page, the header of which reads “Cryptogamia filicum” contains a discussion of the second ordo of the Cryptogamia, namely the Filices, to which belong Equisetum and Osmunda (nos. 777 and 778, respectively).
8.
Gronovius’s interpretation proved to be correct; in the printed version of Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
, Equisetum is treated as a separate genus under no. 777.
9.