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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0117 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 24 December 1736 n.s.
Dated 24 Dec. 1736. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Hanc Epistolam tam laeto ac fervido me conscribere sentio animo, quam unquam alias, quippe qui heri vespertino tempore ultimas paginas, quae Heliocarpon et Maurocenam continent,[1] ita perlegerim ut imprimendas eas permiserim, quod sine dubio Typographus crastino praestabit die. Adeo ut nunc Tibi gratulari queam opus vestrum iam publico inservire posse commodo, si adhuc reperiantur qui doceri velint.

Interim ante tres dies Epistolam vestram cum Icone praesidis[2] accepi: certusque esse poteris me Iconem TournefortiiTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
Tibi traditurum quam primum huc veneris, quod precor quam primum facies.[3] Quid enim nunc Hartecampi agis, nonne idem melius apud me praestare posses. Forte et in perlegendo Horti Cliffortiani catalogo et aliis Tibi utilis esse possem. Interim & seligeremus semina Virginiana et Surinamensia ad augendum Nobiliss[imi] CliffortiiClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
Hortum, quae tot numero sunt (nam ultra centum numerantur) ut mihi soli ea colligere, et adscribere dein nomina, taediosum nimis foret, et sic procrastinando de die in diem Tempus seminandi dilaberetur. Praeterea & nosti me in adversariis collegisse istarum plantarum omnia synonyma quae necessario describi debent, alioquin pro noviter inventis speciebus venderentur, quales sane non sunt. Haec potes considerare et cum D[omino] Cliffortio perpendere. LawsonusLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
gradum candidatus suscepit, sed ne hoc titulo apud Ipsum utaris, nam eo minime superbit.

Vale mi Linnaee cum Nobilissimo D[omino] Cliffortio.

J[ohannes] F[redericus] Gronovius

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 24 Dec[embris] 1736

[address] Mijn Heer / De Heer Car[olus] Linnaeus Med[icinae] Doct[or] op de Hartecamp met de schuyt van half een. [?]

upSUMMARY

It is with unusual joy that Johan Frederik Gronovius is writing this letter, as he has finished reading through the last pages of the Genera plantarum yesterday evening and has deemed them fit to go to press. As a result, Linnaeusís work will shortly serve the common good.

Three days ago, Gronovius has received Linnaeusís letter containing the portrait of the President [presumably of the Royal Society of London]. In return, Gronovius will give him a portrait of Joseph Pitton de Tournefort. He will deliver the present as soon as Linnaeus will pay him a visit. Linnaeus is strongly encouraged to come to Leiden. Gronovius may be of help by reading through the Hortus Cliffortianus, whereas Linnaeus can assist him not only in collecting and naming the numerous seeds he has received from Virginia and Surinam, but also in selecting those seeds that are needed to enlarge Cliffortís Garden. Gronovius has taken the trouble of searching and indicating all the synonyms of the plants he has received to prevent them from being sold as newly discovered species, which they are certainly not. To conclude with, Gronovius informs Linnaeus that Isaac Lawson has obtained the candidateís degree [in medicine], a title Lawson himself is not very proud of.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. draft holograph (LS, V, 405). [1] [2]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

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In his letter of 13 January 1737 n.s.Letter L0141, Gronovius once again promised Linnaeus to give him the engraved portrait of Tournefortius. However, he failed to do so, because Linnaeus proved unable to pay him a visit at Leiden. See Gronoviusís letter of 20 January 1737 n.s.Letter L0133.