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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0124 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, September 1736 n.s.
Dated Ipsa die Dominica. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Hesterno die tot characteres tradidi Typographo, quot sufficerent ad replendas duas paginas vacuas in folio Literis Ll notato. In quo paginam 269 constituent Observationes in Monoecias, paginam autem 270 tres characteres in adversa parte scriptos.

Hinc nova philyra inchoabitur cujus pag. 271 continebuntur Aristolochia num. 693, Pistia n. 694, Helicteres n. 695.
pag. 272 Grewia n. 696, Calla 697
p. 273 Arum n. 698, Ruppia 699
p. 274 Zannichellia n. 700, Najas 701.
Post has duorum generum titulos apposuisti, Sphaerii nempe (quod an scribendum sit per oe an per ae quaeso indices) et Thalysiae, relicto spatio vacuo pro adscribendis characteribus.

Dein adhuc duorum generum characteres dedisti Phyllanthi sc[ilicet] et Buxi.[2] Haec quatuor genera sufficient pro paginis 275 et 276, restitantibus adhuc duabus paginis vacuis, pro quibus precor mittas novos characteres eosque ut die Martis habeam cures; interimque procedas cum sequentibus, ut magnum satis characterum numerum in antecessum habeam. Opus enim nunc debebit procedere, neque mihi post mensem licitum erit semper vacare correctioni privatis negotiis occupato.

Ego haec male enumeravi, ita ut loco duarum paginarum modo unica supersit, pro qua supplenda characteres desiderantur.[a][a] : <imp>[Ego haec -
desiderantur: in margine add.
Gronovius
]

Quaeso dicas mihi qualis planta sit Jasione num. 677, Nepenthes num. 690, Grewia num. 696, Thesium num. 173. Qualis Phalangii species est Anthericum.[3] Item Comarum n. 417. Tam levis mihi est memoria, ut quam plantam Schwalbeae nomine indigitaverim plane oblitus sim, quam quaeso mihi in memoriam revoces. Occurrit nempe istud genus num. 522.

Item qualis planta sub Anastatica num. 525 comprehenditur, itemque Arabis num. 544 et Dolichos num. 588. Amorpha Hort. Cliff. num. 604, Anacyclus num. 658.

Interim Te absente catalogum confeci eorum generum, quorum Characteres in sequentibus essent tradendi, eorumque Te monebo cum Characteres Vestri ad finem pervenerint, quae tunc in appendicem rejicienda erunt.

Interim adhuc penes me haeret Epistola Vestra quam D[omino] AndrewAndrew, John (1710-1772).
British. Student and Linnaeusís friend
in Leiden, doctor of medicine at Oxford,
physician at Exeter. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
Germaniam petenti destinaveras ut LesseroLesser, Friedrich Christian
(1692-1754). German. Naturalist,
clergyman, Nordhausen. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
traderet. Verum praedictus D[ominus] Andrew discesserat noctem ante.[4] Brevi Literas ad SherardumSherard, William (1659-1728).
British. British consul in Smyrna.
Collector of botanical specimens. Took
the initiative to the first chair in
botany at Oxford. The first professor
was Johan Jacob Dillenius. Owner of the
estate Eltham in Kent.
, DilleniumqueDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
exarabo, quibus si quae habeas addenda, fine proximae hebdomadis ad me mittere poteris.

De adventu proxima Dominica die in Hartecampum cum LawsonoLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
monere debeo, eum deferre me cogi ob Sacram Synaxin quae tunc apud nos celebrabitur.

Vale Vir Doctissime et saluta nobiliss[imum] D[ominum] CliffortiumClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
.

Hac ipsa hebdomade expecto specimina plantarum exsiccata ex Novaeboraco, quae jam Amstelodamum appulerunt, ubi quum perveneris quaeso inquiras quid BurmannusBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in animo habeat cum Herbario isto RumphijRumpf, Georg Eberhard
(1628-1702). Dutch. Naturalist and
merchant in the service of the Dutch
East India Company. Governor of the
Dutch colony Ambon. He published two
works on the flora of the isle of Ambon.
; fama enim est eum cum van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
aliquid in illo opere moliturum;[5] caveas tamen de me in ista re mentionem facias.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] Ipsa die Dominica.

[address] To D[octo]r Linnaeus at M[iste]r Cliffort / Hartecamp

upSUMMARY

The day before, Johan Frederik Gronovius has sent to the printer enough genera to fill up two empty pages in the folio indicated by the letters Ll (pp. 269-270). Next, he enumerates the genera that will fill pp. 271-274. Linnaeus has given four other genera which will suffice to fill pp. 275-276. As a result, two more pages remain empty. Linnaeus is kindly asked to send descriptions of genera in order to fill the gap. Furthermore, he should continue to describe the following genera. For Gronovius wants to finish off the Genera plantarum as soon as possible, since he will lack time to read proofs after this month. In a marginal note, Gronovius corrects himself by stating that Linnaeus should send him descriptions of genera to fill up one page rather than two pages.

Next, Gronovius asks Linnaeus to give some further explanation regarding various genera. Moreover, Gronovius has made up a list indicating all the genera that still need to be described and will have to be added to the work in an appendix.

Gronovius informs Linnaeus that he still possesses the letter his friend wrote to Friedrich Christian Lesser and which John Andrew was supposed to deliver to him. Unfortunately, Andrew departed from Leiden the night before. Gronovius will soon write letters to William Sherard and Johann Jacob Dillenius. If Linnaeus wants to add something, he should send it to him towards the end of next week.

Gronovius regrets to announce that he has to postpone the visit to the Hartekamp he intended to make together with Isaac Lawson next Sunday, as they are both obliged to attend mass then.

In a postscript, Gronovius informs his friend that he expects to receive this very week some dried plants from New York which have already arrived at Amsterdam. When Linnaeus goes to Amsterdam, he should ask Johannes Burmannus what he intends to do with the Herbarium Amboinense composed by Georgius Eberhard Rumpf. For rumor has it that he has some plans with the work together with Adriaan van Royen. When asking questions, however, Linnaeus should be careful not to mention Gronoviusís name.

[i/1] On p. 407b Linnaeus has noted down, rather hastily, the names of several plants.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 406-407). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp>[Ego haec - desiderantur: in margine add. Gronovius]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
The letter is to be dated sometime between 15 June 1736 and 26 September 1736 n.s. It was most probably written in the course of September 1736. In his letter of 15 June n.s.Letter L0189, Gronovius informs Linnaeus that Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
has been printed until no. 485. In his letter of 26 September n.s.Letter L0096, he tells him that the work has been printed until no. 717. From the present letter it can be deduced that the printer is dealing with those numbers that will fill page 269 and the following pages (nos. 691-712).
2.
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.
, phyllanthus and buxus are discussed under nos. 708 and 712, respectively. Sphaerius and thalysia are not to be found anymore in the work.
3.
4.
The letter destined for Friedrich Christian Lesserus was still in Gronoviusís possession on 13 January 1737. See Gronoviusís letter of 13 January 1737 n.s.Letter L0141.
5.