Melchisédech Thévenot wrote Letter L-138 of October 1683 to Leeuwenhoek, a courteous reply

October 1, 1683

This letter is known only by reference in another letter.

This letter is the only known letter to Leeuwenhoek from French scholar Melchisédech Thévenot (1620-1692). Leeuwenhoek’s two letters to Thévenot are Letter L-137 of October 1683 and Letter L-201 of 23 September 1688. See also the letter fragment that mentions him, Letter L-121 of 1683, in this volume.


Letter 111 L-201 of 23 September 1688 to Melchisédech Thévenot

A few years ago I took the liberty to send you a few of my modest ideas and observations, to which Your Honour replied in courteous terms.