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Link: • Isaac Lawson to Carl Linnaeus, 2 November 1736 n.s.
Dated 2 Novembris 1736. Meridie. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Isaac Lawson Carolo Linnaeo Suo S[alutem]
P[lurimam] D[icit]

Hoc mane tuam accepi epistolam:[1] Audiveram te fuisse in Urbe, quod communicavi GronovioGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
& existimavimus ambo sanitatem Domini CliffortiiClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
fuisse in causa cur tam subito redires: Gaudeo eum tam bene esse restitutum, & mihi datam esse occasionem qua obtemperare possum desiderio suo; statim enim adii BosweliumBoswell, John (1707-1780).
Scottish. Physician. Practiced in
Edinburgh. President of the Royal
College of Physicians of Edinburgh
1770-1772. Uncle to James Boswell.
, ille lubentissime mihi concessit dissertationem suam[2] pro Domino Cliffortio, quae profecto non sine magno labore conscripta est, hujus rei sum pro parte testis, & quum ille sit optimus & eruditus Iuvenis & maxime notus eruditis viris Edinburgensibus, praecipue AlstonoAlston, Charles (1683-1760).
Scottish. Botanist and physician.
Studied in Leiden under Boerhaave.
Professor of botany and medicine at
, Reg[io] Prof[essori] Botanices, dedi ei dissertationem de Musa,[3] illam quam destinavi peritissimo Physico HalesHales, Stephen (1677-1761).
British. Clergyman, physician and
naturalist. Pioneer in experimental
plant physiology.
in Anglia.

Tu poteris facile illum defectum supplere quam primum huc veneris; & Spero Clarissimum Cliffortium hoc comprobaturum.

Locutus sum cum Domino Gronovio. Ille tuo commodo relinquit tempus, quo poteris huc accedere, & quum dies {sym-sol+solis} ex postscripto tuo videtur adhuc nimis mature; hinc speramus fore ut die Mercurii vel Iovis sequentis hebdomadis, summo tuo commodo poteris ad nos iter instituere: Interim velit Gronovius, ut quam primum mittas illam partem Manuscripti tui Characterum,[4] quae continet observationes aliquot adhuc superstites, nam brevi characteres omnes absoluti erunt, & quaerit praeterea Gronovius hisce peractis, num liceat Typographo[5] pergere cum impressione Indicis eo modo, quo ultima vice Statutum fuit, qua te vidimus. Exemplar tuum de Ambra Bosweli tibi hic tradam. Illud pro Domino Cliffortio cum hac epistola habebis. Eum meo nomine salutas. Tu vero valeas & me ames.

Leidae 2 Novembris 1736. Meridie.


Isaac Lawson has received a letter from Linnaeus in the morning and he answers at noon the same day. He informed Johan Frederik Gronovius that Linnaeus was said to be in town. Lawson expresses his relief that George Clifford, who had fallen ill, has recovered his health. He wants Clifford to know that the copy of John Boswell’s dissertation De ambra is now available. Boswell himself is happy to give him a copy. Boswell is described as a very gifted and learned young man, well known to the learned of Edinburgh and particularly to Charles Alston. Lawson has given to Boswell the Musa Cliffortiana, which was reserved for Stephen Hales. Linnaeus will be compensated for the loss on his next visit. Lawson hopes that Clifford will not mind.

Lawson has discussed a time for a visit with Gronovius, who leaves this matter to Linnaeus to decide. The following Wednesday or Thursday would, however, be convenient. Gronovius asks Linnaeus to promptly send any remaining observations to be included in Genera plantarum, which will soon be published in its entirety. Lawson would like to know if the printer could proceed with the “Index” when the work is finished, in accordance with their previous plans. When he meets Linnaeus he will give him his copy of Boswell’s De ambra. The copy for Clifford will be sent together with this letter. Lawson sends his best regards and greetings to Clifford and Linnaeus.


a. original holograph (LS, VIII, 454-455). [1] [2] [3]