Documentation

Letters

-Search for letters
-Search in texts

Manuscripts

Editions

Links

Contact

C18

Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0136 • Herman Boerhaave to Carl Linnaeus, 13 January 1737 n.s.
Dated 17 13/1 37. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Viro claro, & nobili,
Carolo Linnaeo, medico,
H[erman] Boerhaave.

Gratias ago pro literis, et libro.[1] Ex prioribus perspexi, quo sis in me, prorsus non meritum, animo. Amico certe, benevolo, & humano. Utinam esset in me aliquid, quod hisce dignum, utinam esset, unde provocatus beneficiis vicem possem reddere! Liber ipse inspectus stupenti ostendit infinitae diligentiae, constantiae singularis, et scientiae incomparabilis, opus. Neque utilitatem pulcherrimi instituti satis ipse depraedicare possum. Secula laudabunt, Boni imitabuntur, omnibus proderit. Dum caste, & caute, characteres conficis, eventu felicissimo ubique, nescio, qui acciderit, ut defecisse videaris, ubi meum exprimis!

Neque enim meritus sum, neque umquam mereri posse spero, quae liberaliter mihi tribuis encomia, in re herbaria. Novi errores bene multos in opus illapsos[2] , quod edere expressit studium juvandi pubem academicam. Festinatio, & per infinita negotia distractus animus, effecit paroramata, heu nimis, multa. Tu sapientius, huic totus dum ades, scribis, quae aetatem, & aristarchum, ferant. Dum vero video, placuisse Tibi, ut mihi inscriberes immortale opus, id effecisti, ut anxia semper mente quaesiturus sim opportunitatem, qua tester, quanti hoc faciam. Faxit Deus, diu firmo corpore, mente sana, historiam rerum naturalium conscribas!

Leijdae 17 13/1 37

[address] A den WelEdele, hooggeleerde, Heere, / den Heere, / Carolus Linnaeus / T.S.tegenwoordig,/ op de Hartecamp /te Rennebroek

upSUMMARY

Herman Boerhaave is grateful for the letter and the book. From the letter he can see Linnaeus’s benevolent and generous friendship which he thinks he does not deserve, and he wishes he could do something in return. Linnaeus’s book shows infinite accuracy, singular perseverance and science beyond comparison.

Boerhaave wonders why Linnaeus, who always appropriately makes the botanical characters, fails in describing Boerhaave’s character. Boerhaave has not deserved, and cannot hope to deserve the high praise Linnaeus has bestowed on him in the matter of botany. He knows his work is full of errors, and it was published in order to assist the academic students, and the haste and the endless occupations distracting his mind caused too many oversights.

Linnaeus has inscribed his immortal work to Boerhaave, and he will always be anxious trying to find an opportunity of showing his great esteem of that honour.

Based on ED1.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 106-108). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 204-205   p.204  p.205.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 315   p.315.
3. Correspondence (1962), vol. 3, p. 189-191 .

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.