Wrote letter of 1679-06-13 (AB 49) to Lambert van Velthuysen

Date: 
June 13, 1679
Standard reference information
Cole's number: 
28c
AB/CL number: 
49
AB/CL volume: 
3

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 signed autograph on three quarto pages is in the Leiden University library (Cod. 1730. B.P.L. 885).


Leeuwenhoek wrote this letter about the origin of life to Lambert van Velthuysen, a supporter from Utrecht. It was not published during Leeuwenhoek's lifetime. It was one of a dozen letters that P. Haaxman contributed to the 1875 exhibition. Harting summarized this letter in the exhibition's Gedenkboek.