Wrote Letter XXVI of 1716-06-22 (AB 325) to Jan Gerard Kerkherdere

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.


Fourteen figures that came with this letter. The original drawings have been lost. Figures 1-6 are on one plate facing p. 239 in Send-Brieven and p. 234 in Epistolae Physiologicae. Figures 7-10 face p. 244 in Send-Brieven and p. 240 in Epistolae Physiologicae. Figures 11-14 face p. 247 in Send-Brieven and p. 243 in Epistolae Physiologicae.

In Hoole's Select Works, figures 1-7 are to be found as figs 12-18 on Plate VI.