Wrote Letter L-537 of 1716-06-22 to Jan Gerard Kerkherdere about how wheat, barley, beans, peas, rice, buckwheat, and maize become food for animals and discusses Leeuwenhoek's techniques for preparing samples

June 22, 1716
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Text of the letter in the original Dutch and in English translation in Alle de Brieven / The Collected Letters is not yet available at the DBNL - De Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren.

The original manuscript is lost.

Leeuwenhoek continued his investigations of how plants germinate and begin to grow. He wrote:

my insignificant work ... originates merely from the propensity I have to investigate the first beginnings of all created things.