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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0144 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 8 February 1737 n.s.
Dated 8 febr. 1737.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Doctissimo ac Celeberrimo D[omin]o Car[olo] Linnaeo S[alutem] Joan[nes] Fred[ericus] Gronovius

Summopere me ac Dom[inum] LawsonumLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
exhilararunt ultimae vestrae cum doctissimis istis inclusis, quarum lectio me exercet adeo ut paratus esse poterim, cum Te praesentem habeam.

Heri me convenit D[ominus] van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, qui de Characteribus tuis optima pronunciat elogia. Quanto favore et amore Te prosequatur, comprehendere vix potes. Faxit Deus! ut omnes boni ita Tecum agant, atque ut Idiotae in meliorem redigantur mentem, ne Te cavillando quasi in Novis hominibus se ipsos amplius prostituant. Scis quid velim.

Recensio studiosorum fere omni die sequenti hebdomade habebitur et plerumque intra decimam et quartam horam. D[ominus] van Royen tradidit mihi duo exemplaria carminis a se compositi, in natalem filioli sui, quorum unum D[omino] CliffortioClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
destinavit, alterum Tibi, quod retinebo usque dum praesens sis.

Doleo Chartas meas cum navi Pedroburgum petente perisse. Haec sunt fata; sed et inde discas, Tibi non per mare redeundum in Sueciam.

Vale et cura Sanitatem.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 8 febr[uarii] 1737.

[address] Mijn Heer / Mijn Heer / Carolus Linnaeus Med[icinae] Doct[or] / op de / Hartecamp. / Met de schuyt van half een / den 8 febr[uari].

upSUMMARY

Johan Frederik Gronovius thanks Linnaeus for the latest letter he sent. It has cheered up both Isaac Lawson and himself. Gronovius is busy reading the manuscript that was attached to the letter, but will not be ready until Linnaeus pays him a visit to lend him some help.

The day before, Gronovius met Adriaan van Royen who highly praises the Genera plantarum. It is almost incredible to see how much sympathy and favour Van Royen shows towards Linnaeus. It is to be hoped that all good people will follow his example and that the idiots will change their mind and cease prostituting themselves by detracting Linnaeus.

The recensio of students will take place all days of the week, mostly from ten to four. Van Royen delivered two copies of the poem he composed to celebrate the birthday of his little son; one is destined for George Clifford, the other one for Linnaeus.

Gronovius regrets that the sheets he sent to St Petersburg by ship have perished. This goes to prove that it is unsafe for Linnaeus to return to Sweden by sea.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 416-417). [1] [2] [3]