Wrote Letter 27 of 1679-02-21 (AB 42) to Nehemiah Grew

Date: 
February 21, 1679
Standard reference information
Cole's number: 
27
AB/CL number: 
42
AB/CL volume: 
2

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


Leeuwenhoek wrote this letter to Nehemiah Grew (never received) about cod sperm and about not finding any microorganisms in blood or saliva. This is one of the two (?) letters in which he mentions his wife Cornelia and daughter Maria. He also wrote about the worms that he found in sheep livers. Govert Bidloo referred to this letter in 1698. Because it was never published during Leeuwenhoek's lifetime, Bidloo must have seen a copy that Leeuwenhoek kept.