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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0230 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 7 March 1737 n.s.
Dated [7 Maart] 1737. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Charissime Linnaee

Literas ScheuchzeriScheuchzer, Johann (1684-1738).
Swiss. Botanist, professor of physics
at Zürich. Brother of Johann Jacob
Scheuchzer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
ante octiduum ad me missas D[omin]o MeyeroMeyer, Swiss. restitui, eique simul indicavi quod responsionem paraturus sis. Celeb[errimus] iste Scheuchzerus procul dubio in Historia naturali est versatissimus, summo cum oblectamento bis perlegi ejus quaestiones, quas tam candide, sincere, et tam modeste proponit, ut ex hoc solo Ingenium et Indolem viri satis perspectam mihi queam ob[a][a] : <imp> [ob ex litteris
illegibilibus corr. Gronovius
]
oculos ponere. Utinam velles mihi istam praestare gratiam, ut responsorias vestras liceret mihi perlegere. Interim Tibi gratulor, quod Tu Suecus tanta praestare potueris in Hollandia, quae Te per totam Europam apud Omnes Doctos in admirationem et venerationem ducunt.

Dom[inus] van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
papilionacearum plurima genera a me desideravit, ut iis[b][b] : <imp> [iis ex ea
corr. Gronovius]
, quae ab Ipso expostulas, posset satisfacere: id quod summo lubitu praestare conabitur.

Hodie res istae (scis quidem) GrotiumGroot, Johan Wilhelm de (?-?).
Dutch. Printer in Leiden.
petiere. Quantum in me est, curabo ut omnia bene procedant.[1]

Heri ex Surinama plurima nova semina accepi, inter quae 20 sunt quae nunquam comparare potui. Dom[inus] v[an] R[oyen] istam gratiam mihi fecit, ut omnia semina quae a me accepit, privato loco seminaverit, quod sane non minimum mihi erit oblectamentum.

Sequens dies Solis mihi erit Natalis[2] , verum festivitas in sequentem diem differetur, cui, si per otia interesse posses, multo me devincires beneficio. Utinam velles tunc schedulas istas Tecum afferre, quae omnia ista Genera, quorum Characteres dedisti, comprehendunt. Sane in dies percipio tales tabulas debuisse apponi, sed a pessimo typographo pessime vexatus taedium laboris me prehendebat.[3] Iste nebulo nunc Amstelodami vivit, ubi ex Magistro servorum servus factus est, cum prius hinc foras cessisset.[4]

Vale mi Linnaee, Teque ipsum persuasum habe, cubiculum ac mensam Tibi patere. Iterum vale et fave

Tuo J[oanni] F[rederico] Gronovio.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 1737.

[address] Mijn Heer / Mijn Heer Carolus Linnaeus Med[icinae] D[octor] / op de Hartekamp. / Met de schuyt van half een den 7 Maart.

upSUMMARY

Johan Frederik Gronovius has given back to Meyer the letter which Johann Scheuchzer had sent him a week ago. Gronovius told Meyer that Linnaeus would write a letter in order to answer the questions that were raised by Scheuchzer with great candour and honesty but also with great modesty. Gronovius would like to read Linnaeusís reply before it is sent to Scheuchzer.

Adriaan van Royen has asked Gronovius to provide him with many genera of papilionaceous plants so as to be able to comply with Linnaeusís request.

Today Linnaeusís manuscripts have been sent to the printer Johan Wilhelm de Groot. Gronovius will do the best he can to ensure a smooth execution of the work.

The day before, Gronovius received many new seeds from Surinam; among them are 20 species which he has not been able to purchase before. Van Royen has been so kind as to sow all the seeds he offered him, and this will give Gronovius much pleasure.

Next Sunday will be Gronoviusís birthday. However, the celebration has been postponed until the next day. Linnaeus is kindly invited to take part in the festivities. He is asked to bring along with him the tables containing all the genera he has described. Gronovius realizes ever more that such tables should have been added to the Genera plantarum. He omitted to do so, however, as he was so viciously harrassed by the printer that he simply got tired of the work.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. draft holograph (LS, V, 440-441). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp> [ob ex litteris illegibilibus corr. Gronovius]
b.
<imp> [iis ex ea corr. Gronovius]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.
Sunday 10 March 1737; the letter is dated on Thursday 7 March.
3.
See also Gronoviusís letters to Linnaeus of 14 March 1737 n.s.Letter L0154 and 1 May 1737 n.s.Letter L0180. The ďOrdo generum plantarumĒ was eventually added to the second edition of Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
which was issued in 1742 (pp. 21-39).
4.