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Link: • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 26 March 1737 n.s.
Dated 26 martij 1737.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Postquam acceperim ultimas Vestras, quae LawsonoLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[et] mihi summum praestabant gaudium, ex Anglia huc venit frater D[omini] Lawsoni, qui pro sua humanitate secum attulit ea quae Amici mei Londinenses & Oxonienses mihi destinabant.[1]

1. Cl[arissimus] DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
fasciculum plantarum siccatarum obtulit, inter quas plurimae Africanae, quarum etiam semina, praecedenti aestate collecta, addidit, sane maximam partem nondum hic visa.

2. Quindecim specierum semina Pensylvatica, inter quae Campecia nunquam hic visa.

3. Adhuc 35 specierum semina absque nomine.

4. 22 semina arborum Americanarum valde recentia.

Literas accepi nullas: non dubito tamen quin Cl[arissimus] Dillenius ad me scripturus sit, quum in manus ejus pervenerit cistula quam ante 14 dies ad eum misi. Martini decadem quintam[2] ad me misit MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
, sed quod valde miror, nullum exemplar ejus pro Dom[ino] CliffortClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
, quod tamen ante mensem bene memini addendum fore ad me scriptum est. Van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
etiam plurima semina a Dillenio accepit. Utinam haberem aliquem qui ex acceptis seminibus partem pro Horto Cliffortiano vellet colligere, quum privata negotia me ad alia desiderant; ac quando tempus permittet, non praevideo. Lawsonum sane maxime exhilarasti, neque desiit ea praestare quae desiderasti quoad Lat[initatem]. De SpigelioSpigelius, Adrianus (?-?).
et ChomelioChomel, Pierre Jean-Baptiste
(1671-1740). French. Botanist,
supported Joseph Pitton de Tournefort in
collecting plants. Physician at the
royal court in 1707, member of the
Académie des sciences.
curabo.[3] Salutat Te maxime D[ominus] van Royen.

Vale & fave Tuo


Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 26 martij 1737.


Isaac Lawsonís brother has arrived from England, bringing along with him the things Johan Frederik Gronoviusís friends in London and Oxford have destined for him.

1. Johann Jacob Dillenius has offered him a collection of dried plants, primarily from Africa, as well as some seeds which he collected last summer;
2. Seeds of 15 species of plants from Pensylvania, among others seeds of the campecia hitherto unknown in Holland;
3. Seeds of 35 other species which have not been identified;
4. 22 seeds of American trees which are very recent.

Gronovius did not receive any letters from England. However, he is convinced that Dillenius will write him a letter as soon as he receives the box which he has sent him two weeks ago. Philip Miller has sent him the fifth decade of John Martynís Historia plantarum rariorum. Contrary to his promise, however, he did not include a copy of the work for George Clifford. Adriaan van Royen also received many seeds from Dillenius. Gronovius wishes he could find someone to select those seeds that might be useful for Cliffordís garden. For he himself lacks the time to do so. Lawson will continue correcting Linnaeusís Latin. Gronovius will send Linnaeus the information he asked about Spigelius and Chomel. Many greetings from Van Royen.


a. original holograph (LS, V, 419-420). [1] [2] [3]


See also Gronoviusís letter to Linnaeus of 14 March 1737 n.s.Letter L0154. Johannes Jacobus Dillenius (from Oxford) and Peter Collinson (from London).
Martyn, Historia plantarum rariorumMartyn, John Historia
plantarum rariorum centuriae primae
, I-V (London 1728-[1737]).
, p. 41-52. It was not issued until 1737.
Spigelius, Isagoge in rem herabariam libri duo ; second edition issued by Elzevier at Leiden in 1633. Jean Baptiste Chomel wrote, among other things, an Epitome , first issued in Paris in 1712. From Gronoviusís letter of 15 April 1737 n.s.Letter L0162, it can be inferred that Linnaeus asked his friend to provide him with the correct bibliographical references to the botanical works of Spigelius and Chomel. However, Gronovius proved unable to find the first name of the French botanist Chomel.