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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0123 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 1 December 1736 n.s.
Dated 1 Dec. 1736. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Miror quod ad Literas ante paucas dies ad Te datas, in quibus Titulum desidero,[1] nihil respondeas. Quaeso eum statim mittas. Sane valde taediosum est mihi tot literas pro alio scribere; taceo literarum expensas.

Vale

J[ohannes] F[redericus] Gronovius

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 1 Dec[embris] 1736

Haec quae scripta sunt altera pagina, sunt ex prolegomenis Vestris quae nullum habent sensum, et quae debes mutare, et curare ut die Lunae[2] responsum habeam. Nam opus debet ad finem redigi, cum prae morte Dulcissimae sororis in Selandia alia mihi agenda sint.

[p. 404] “Sane si nulla unquam dubia moverentur de Classe vel Ordine, et omnia in rerum natura existentia Genera detecta essent, duobus aliis facilior foret; quod cum non sint, nec esse possint, fallit et fallitur; cum enim Genus aliquod detegatur novum fallaces evadunt proxima et quotquot e ramo, cui annecti debet enata sunt”.[3]

“Desumat quis methodum vel a calyce, vel corollo, vel staminibus, vel pistillis, vel fructu: tamen idem sit nobis character naturalis, ubi idem genus, quod nullo alio obtentum fuit unquam. Antea necesse fuit tot componere characteres omnium generum quot prodiere Systemata; hocce autem dato non item”.[4]

[address] Mijn Heer / De Heer Car[olus] Linnaeus Med[icinae] Doct[or] ten huyse de Wele[del]geb[oren] H[eer] en M[ijnhee]r George Clifford J[uris] U[triusque] D[octor] te Amsterdam

upSUMMARY

To Johan Frederik Gronovius’s surprise, Linnaeus has not answered his letter of 27 November in which he asked him to provide the “Introductio clavis” with a title. Apart from being expensive, it is tedious to write so many letters for someone else. In a postscript, Gronovius informs Linnaeus that the other page of the letter (p. 404) contains two passages taken from the preface to the Genera plantarum which make no sense at all. Linnaeus is asked to change them and send the corrected version before Monday. Gronovius is in a hurry to have the Genera plantarum finished, as he is about to leave for Zeeland, where his sister-in-law has died.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 403-404). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Gronovius’s letter of 27 November 1736 n.s.Letter L0109.
2.
Thursday 6 December.
3.
The final version reads as follows: “[...] quae cum detecta non sint, nec esse possint, fallit & fallitur; cum enim Genus aliquod detegitur novum, fallaces evadunt proximi & quotquot e ramo, cui annecti debet, enati sunt.” (no. 16).
4.
The final version reads as follows: “Desumat quis Methodum vel a calyce, vel corolla, vel staminibus, vel pistillis, vel fructu; idem tamen erit nobis Character naturalis, ubi idem genus. Antea necesse fuit tot componere Characteres omnium generum, quot prodiere Systemata; hocce autem dato, non item.” (no. 18).