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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0132 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 20 January 1737 n.s.
Dated Januar 1737. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Doctissime et Amicissime Linnaee

Summo cum dolore ex Literis vestris cum Dom[ino] LawsonoLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
percepi rationes, quae Te Hartecampi detinent, et si easdem ita scivissem, crede mihi quod quoque alias scripsissem. Res autem eo redeunt, ut cum Lawsono doleam Te ita ad opus coactum, ad quod nullum aliud remedium nisi ut propositum ad finem perducas, quod precor Bono cum Deo brevi possis perficere; et si quid est, in quo opera nostra Tibi possit esse utilis, modo mandes, speroque ut post illud tempus Libertate et otio apud me fruaris, ubi Lectus et mensa tibi semper patebunt.[1]

Interim non dubito quin sequentia Tibi exhilarabunt animum vestrum. Literas accepi a D[omino] CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, in quibus cum retulisset se tradidisse mercatori meo cistam cum seminibus Americanis ac Fungis Bahamensibus,[2] Tui valde curiose meminit, scribens “Officia mea Ingenioso et dignissimo meo Amico Dom[ino] Linnaeo offeras. Ex sincero corde opto Bonum successum in iis quae molitur. Nostri Botanici impossibile credunt, quod tam parvo libro possit conscribere ac continere omnia genera.[3] Fortassis falluntur. Mihi videtur ejus methodus brevissima, quae semper debet esse optima. Maxime laudo ejus methodum quoad regnum Lapideum. Collectio ita disposita maxime laudabilis et simul instructiva ac docilis.”

TournefortijTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
faciem hac occasione mitterem, sed cum non dubitem quin per horam unam vel alteram hic sis venturus ut BoerhavioBoerhaave, Herman (1668-1738).
Dutch. Professor of medicine, botany and
chemistry at Leiden. One of the most
influential professors of medicine of
the eighteenth century. Linnaeus visited
him during his stay in Holland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
offeras librum,[4] in illud tempus differo.[5] Si alioquin velis ut mittam, libenter illud praestabo. Uxor mea[6] vehementer arthritide laborat.

Vale mi Linnaeae [sic] et cura sanitatem, ac fave Tuo

J[oanni] F[rederico] Gronovio.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] Januar[ij] 1737

[address] Mijn Heer / Mijn Heer Carolus Linnaeus / Med[icinae] Doct[or] / op de Hartecamp. / Met de schuyt van / elf uren / den 10 [?] Januar[i].[7]

upSUMMARY

Isaac Lawson and Johan Frederik Gronovius have gathered from Linnaeus’s letter why he is unable to leave the Hartekamp. They sincerely regret that Linnaeus is overloaded with work, and they truly hope he will manage to push the job through as soon as possible. They will be glad to offer him any help he may need. It is hoped that after having finished the work, Linnaeus will find some spare time to spend at Gronovius’s place.

In the meantime, Gronovius cheers his friend up by quoting part of a letter which Peter Collinson recently sent him. The passage quoted contains a very positive assessment of Linnaeus’s Systema naturae.

Gronovius informs his friend that he decided not to send the portrait of Joseph Pitton de Tournefort as he knew Linnaeus would come to Leiden to present a copy of his Genera plantarum to Herman Boerhaave. Finally, Gronovius lets him know that his wife is badly suffering from arthritis.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 410-411). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Linnaeus is extremely busy preparing the catalogue of the Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
Clifford
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
, as can be deduced from Gronovius’s letter to Linnaeus of 5 February 1737 n.s.Letter L0146.
2.
The box containing the seeds and fungi did not arrive at Leiden until the beginning of February. See Gronovius’s letter to Linnaeus of 5 February 1737 n.s.Letter L0146.
3.
A reference to the Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
as can easily be deduced from the following lines in which Peter Collinson praises the method applied by Linnaeus in describing the “Mineral kingdom”.
4.
5.
See Gronovius’s letter to Linnaeus of 24 December 1736 n.s.Letter L0117.
6.
7.
It is very hard to infer from the address added whether the letter was sent on 10 or rather on 20 January.