Wrote Letter L-106 of 1680-05-13 to Thomas Gale about little animals in sap and whether little animals are in the air

May 13, 1680
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Text of the letter in the original Dutch and in English translation from Alle de Brieven / The Collected Letters at the DBNL - De Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren.

The original manuscript on three quarto pages, written and signed by Leeuwenhoek, is preserved at the Royal Society (MS. 1881. Early Letters L1.53). On the outside, Leeuwenhoek wrote, "Mijn Heer / Mijn Heer To. Gale / Secretaris der Connelijkse / Societeit / Londen." An English summary by Gale is found at Early Letters L1.54.

An excerpt was published thirteen years later in Philosophical Transactions, vol. 17, no. 193, dated 31 January 1693, titled, "The abstract of two letters sent some time since by Mr. Anth. Van. Leeuwenhoeek to Dr. Gale and Dr. Hooke." See Publication history below.

Leeuwenhoek dated three letters May 13, 1680, this one and two thank-you notes for his election as a fellow of the Royal Society.