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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0149 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 11 February 1737 n.s.
Dated 11 Febr.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Celeberrimo atque Doctissimo D[omino] Car[olo] Linnaeo S[alutem] J[oannes] F[redericus] Gronovius.

Hisce modo Te monere volui, summa me cum attentione perlegisse ea, quae desideraveras, eaque dein D[omino] LawsonoLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
tradidisse, qui ea propter me convenit; quo tempore inter alia sermones spargebamus de adventu tuo huc versus ut recensioni interesse queas. Quum vero tempus Tibi sit adeo pretiosum, et sic ad minimum integrum diem perderes,[1] Dom[inus] Lawson libenter in se suscipiet recensionem tuam; quem favorem Professores non cuicunque concedunt, Verum Tibi jam adeo celebri nequaquam denegabunt.[2] Facilitatem quoque addet, quod Dom[inus] WesseliusWesselius, Johannes
(1671-1745). Dutch. Professor of
theology, Leiden.
quem apud me vidisti, hoc anno Secretarium agat. Adeo ut jam per Te sit, utrum hac de causa animus sit huc venire, vel potius domi manere, qua de re certiorem me opportunitate data facere digneris. Salutant Te D[ominus] van SwietenSwieten, Gerhard van
(1700-1772). Dutch. Pupil of Boerhaave.
Called by Maria Theresa to Vienna, where
he organised the public health system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Lawson et CramerusKramer, Johann Andreas
(1710-1777). German. Chemist and
physician, member of the scientific club
in Leiden of which Linnaeus was
president.
, ac AndrewAndrew, John (1710-1772).
British. Student and Linnaeusís friend
in Leiden, doctor of medicine at Oxford,
physician at Exeter. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
.

Ad finem hebdomadis cistulam mittam ad Dom[inum] DilleniumDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, ad quem si nondum miseris Characteres facile curare potero.[3]

Vale et me Tuis annumera.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 11 Febr[uarij]

[address] Mijn Heer / Mijn Heer Carolus Linnaeus / Med[icinae] Doct[or] / op de Hartecamp. / Met de schuyt van / half een den 11 Februar[i].

upSUMMARY

Johan Frederik Gronovius informs Linnaeus that Isaac Lawson is willing to take upon himself Linnaeusís assessment (recensio). The professors of the University of Leiden have granted him this exceptional favour which will save him a visit to Leiden. Furthermore, the fact that Johannes Wesselius, whom Linnaeus has met at Gronoviusís place, is presently secretary will make things easier. It is up to Linnaeus to decide whether he will come over or stay at home. Greetings from Gerhard van Swieten, Lawson, Johann Andreas Kramer and John Andrew.

By the end of the week, Gronovius will send Johann Jacob Dillenius a box. Linnaeus could add a copy of the Genera plantarum, if he has not yet sent him the work.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. draft holograph (LS, V, 412-413). [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 Gronoviusís letter to Linnaeus of 5 February 1737 n.s.Letter L0146.
2.
The recensio (or recensie, to use the contemporary Dutch term) formed part of the immatriculation of students. It was only a year ago that the academic senate of the University of Leiden had decreed that the customary procedure for matriculating should be strictly followed. See Molhuysen, Bronnen , pp. 51*-52* (ďActa senatusĒ of 6 February 1736).
3.
As early as May 1736, Linnaeus and Gronovius agreed upon sending Dillenius those sheets of the Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
that had already been printed by then. See Gronoviusís letter to Linnaeus of 15 June 1736Letter L0089. As late as February 1737, Gronovius still had to send a copy of the work to Dillenius. See his letter to Linnaeus of 18 February 1737 n.s.Letter L0144.