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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0137 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 13 January 1737 n.s.
Dated 13 Jan. 1737.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Quum sequenti die Martis[1] occasio sit futura mittendi parvum fasciculum ad CollinsoniumCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, hisce Te rogatum vellem num generum characteres addere placeret pro D[omino] Collinsenio et CatesbaeoCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
(1736-1743).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, qua de re sententiam vestram crastino die persentiscere desiderarem. De exemplaribus vestris curavi unum in veste pergamenica, quod retinebo usque jusseris quid cum eo agendum, item quoque duo exemplaria incompacta pro Collinsonio et Catesbaeo. Verum cum incertus sim num forte miseris, nolui haec Te inconsulto fecisse.

Ad Dom[inum] SchwalbeSchwalbe, Christian George
(?-?). German.
Quedlinburgi quoque fasciculum mittam. Forte et haec esset optima occasio Literas vestras D[omin]o LesseroLesser, Friedrich Christian
(1692-1754). German. Naturalist,
clergyman, Nordhausen. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
inscriptas, quas jam diu habui, ad eum mittendi.[2]

Tandem TournefortijTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
Iconem Tibi offero;[3] si forte aliae accedunt ex Parisijs mihi promissae, nitidius exemplar potero dare.

Quinta decas MartiniMartyn, John (1699-1768).
British. Physician, professor of botany
at Cambridge.
[4] jam prodijt, et sequenti hebdomade primum volumen operis SwammerdammianiSwammerdam, Jan (1637-1680).
Dutch. Naturalist. By his microscopical
studies Swammerdam made fundamental
scientific contributions to the study of
entomology. Boerhaave edited his
Biblia naturae sive historia
insectorum
(1737-1738).
[5] subscriptoribus tradetur.

Vale et cura sanitatem ac fave

J[oanni] F[rederico] Gronovio.

Dubius sum num die Mercurij[6] vos sim visitaturus, verum procellosa tempestas me plurimum deterret, adeo ut plane desistam.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 13 Jan[uarii] 1737.

upSUMMARY

Next Tuesday, Johan Frederik Gronovius will send Peter Collinson a parcel. Therefore, he asks Linnaeus whether he would like to add to it copies of the Genera plantarum for both Collinson and Mark Catesby. Gronovius does not know if Linnaeus has already sent them copies of the work. Among the copies that are destined for Linnaeus himself, there is one bound in parchment.

Gronovius will also send a parcel to Christian George Schwalbe in Quedlinburg. This might be an excellent occasion to send Linnaeusís letter to him which Gronovius has kept for quite a long time.

Gronovius is finally able to offer Linnaeus a portrait of Joseph Pitton de Tournefort. He promises to send him a better copy if he receives some more portraits from Paris.

Gronovius informs his friend that the fifth decade of John Martynís Historia plantarum rariorum has appeared, and that the first part of Jan Swammerdamís Bijbel der Natuur will be delivered to the subscribers next week.

In a postscript, Gronovius lets Linnaeus know that the bad weather makes him abandon his plan to visit him on the Hartekamp next Wednesday.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 408-409). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Tuesday 15 January 1737; the letter was written on Sunday 13 January.
2.
See Gronoviusís letter of September 1736Letter L0093.
3.
See supra Gronoviusís letter of 24 December 1736 n.s.Letter L0117.
4.
Reference to the fifth decade of John Martynís Historia plantarum rariorumMartyn, John Historia
plantarum rariorum centuriae primae
decas
, I-V (London 1728-[1737]).
, which was printed together with decades nos. 2, 3, and 4 in 1737.
5.
6.
Wednesday 16 January 1737.