Antony van Leeuwenhoek, F.R.S., and the Origin of Histology

Richardson, B. W.
2: 319-346
London: Longmans, Green, and Company

Full title of periodical, which was written in 11 volumes by Benjamin Ward Richardson between 1884 and 1895:

The Asclepiad. a Book of Original Research and Observation in the Science, Art, and Literature of Medicine, Preventive and Curative

The chapter in volume 2 about Leeuwenhoek quotes extensively from a report by A. Wynter Blyth in Delft about Leeuwenhoek's life.

Richardson on Leeuwenhoek's biographers:

Antony Van Leeuwenhoek had no troops of ordinary friends, none of deadly enemies, to proclaim his fame, as William Harvey had; no hosts of pupils to spread his name the world over, as Boerhaave had; no worshipping, idolatrous Boswell, to catch up all his sayings and doings, as Samuel Johnson had; no museum to carry down the substantial record of his labours as John and William Hunter had; no Alexander Pope to immortalize him in verse, as Arbuthnot had; no relative to write down his history, as Aitken and Hope had; no hand, no mind to write his own life and labour, like Goethe, Franklin, and Priestley.

Above all things, strange is it that Samuel Hoole, who collected and translated the works of Leeuwenhoek into English, reproducing within two handsome volumes the plates with which his author illustrated his papers, did not strive in his day, when there must have been persons living to whom his author was known, did not strive to collect any biographical details.