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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0162 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 15 April 1737 n.s.
Dated 15 April 1737. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Doctissime et Amicissime Dom[ine] Linnaee.

Accepi hodie per Dom[inum] CliffortiumClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
Literas & Ulteriores obs[ervationes] crit[icas] Vestras, quae in tempori advenerunt; inopia enim ante foras erat. Impressa post phylyram [sic] tertiam quae desideras ad Te mitto. Ultima philyra multum laboris mihi constitit & excruciavit maxime LawsonumLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Tuis etenim Votis obtemperantes, quae non cohaerebant, vel nimis obscuro modo explicabantur, corrigere tentavimus, utinam opinioni vestrae respondeant, praeter quod nihil amplius speramus. In tempore autem advenit Flora Tua Lapponica, quae nobis solvit intricatissimum locum, cui medicari nequaquam poteramus. Scripseras enim nec omnibus volupe est anhelos aerios quod non intelligebamus, sed in Flora Vestra legentes anhelos aeriosque, cum venia tua sic ponendum statuimus.[1] Quaeso perlegas istam Philyram ultimam, ut si male mentem vestram forte perceperimus, ista nobis ignoscas et in erratis notentur. Gratias habeo innumeras pro insigni isti dono Florae Lapponicae, cujus praefationem jam attentissime perlegi, quae sane elegantissima est. Utinam quid in me esset quo tam insigne donum possem rependere.

Pro observationibus circa praecipitationes cupri gratias ago, modosque ejus satis naturaliter explicas.[2]

Quum SchoutenSchouten, Salomon (1689?-1750).
Dutch. Bookseller and publisher,
Amsterdam. Linnaeusís publisher. Father
of Petrus Schouten.
videtur Tibi satisfecisse,[3] opinionem mutavimus. Nunc spero quod bene procedas in Cat[alogo] Horti Cliffortiani, et hinc brevi huc sis venturus, ubi more solito cubiculum, lectus & mensa Tibi praesto sunt. Tandem mihi potui comparare Historiam Orientalem & Occidentalem toties citatam[a][a] : <imp> [Historiam Orienta
post citatam del.
Gronovius
]
a Casp[aro] Bauhino, qui Liber est omnium rarissimus.[4] D[ominus] Cliffort ejus titulum habuit in sacco, hinc mihi tanto magis gratulor quod non observaverit. Haec hoc tempore.

Vale, curaque sanitatem, ac devotum Tibi habe

Joh[annem] Fred[ericum] Gronovium.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 15 April[is] 1737

upSUMMARY

Johan Frederik Gronovius has received Linnaeusís letter together with the latest part of his manuscript of Critica botanica. Complying with the authorís wishes, Gronovius sends him everything that has been printed after the third sheet (philyra). The last sheet caused many troubles to Isaac Lawson and Gronovius who have tried to correct all the inconsistencies and obscurities it contained. Fortunately, they were able to correct one intricate passage by consulting Flora Lapponica which arrived only recently. Gronovius thanks Linnaeus for his generous gift. Linnaeus is asked to read the last sheet very carefully. If Lawson and Gronovius happen to have misunderstood the author, he should forgive them and indicate what has to be added to the list of errata.

Gronovius thanks Linnaeus for his observations on the precipitation of copper.

As Salomon Schouten seems to have given satisfaction to Linnaeus, Gronovius has changed his mind. He hopes that his friend is making progress in compiling the Hortus Cliffortianus and will soon be able to pay him a visit at Leiden. Finally, he informs Linnaeus that he has succeeded in purchasing a copy of Caspar Bauhinís extremely rare Historia Orientalis et Occidentalis.

In a postscript, Gronovius lets his friend know that he has failed to find the first name of the botanist Pierre Jean-Baptiste Chomel.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 425-426). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp> [Historiam Orienta post citatam del. Gronovius]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.
On the precipitation of minerals, see Gronoviusís letter to Linnaeus of 12 April 1737 n.s.Letter L0164.
3.
See Gronoviusís letter to Linnaeus of 2 April 1737 n.s.Letter L0168.
4.
There seems to be a confusion between Caspar Bauhin and his brother Johann. It was indeed Johann Bauhin who wrote Historia plantarum universalisBauhin, Johann Historia
plantarum universalis
(Yverdon
1650).
.
5.
Since Gronovius proved unable to find Chomelís first name, only Chomelís family name was given in Critica botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Critica
botanica, in qua nomina plantarum
generica, specifica & variantia
examini subjiciuntur, selectiora
confirmantur, indigna rejiciuntur;
simulque doctrina circa denominationem
plantarum traditur. Seu Fundamentorum
botanicorum pars IV. Accedit J.
Browallii De necessitate historiae
naturalis discursus
(Leiden 1737).
, as had been done in Bibliotheca botanica before. See Bibliotheca botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Bibliotheca
botanica recensens libros plus mille de
plantis huc usque editos, secundum
systema auctorum naturale in classes,
ordines, genera & species
dispositos, additis editionis loco,
tempore, forma, lingua etc. cum
explicatione Fundamentorum botanicorum
pars prima
(Amsterdam 1736).
, p. 33, 95, 121, and 143; Critica botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Critica
botanica, in qua nomina plantarum
generica, specifica & variantia
examini subjiciuntur, selectiora
confirmantur, indigna rejiciuntur;
simulque doctrina circa denominationem
plantarum traditur. Seu Fundamentorum
botanicorum pars IV. Accedit J.
Browallii De necessitate historiae
naturalis discursus
(Leiden 1737).
, p. 92. See also Gronoviusís letter to Linnaeus of 26 March 1737 n.s.Letter L0152. Linnaeus discovered the first name of Chomel sometime in the course of 1737, as can readily be inferred from the Bibliotheca botanica Cliffortiana added to 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.
, no. 39: ďChomel. J.B.Ē Accordingly, Chomelís first names were indicated in the second edition of Bibliotheca botanica, which appeared in Amsterdam in 1751. See p. 44: ďChomel Joh. BaptistaĒ.