Wrote Letter L-074 of 1678-09-27 to Nehemiah Grew about sweat and globules in saliva and blood

September 27, 1678
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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 four folio pages, written and signed by Leeuwenhoek, is preserved at the Royal Society (MS. 1866. Early Letters L1.38). An English translation is found at Early Letters L1.39.

It was not published in Philosophical Transactions.

Leeuwenhoek wrote this letter to Nehemiah Grew about:

  • the effect of sun on Leeuwenhoek's skin
  • sweat-pores
  • globules in saliva and their relationship to the globules in blood
  • saliva
  • a parasitic growth on grass (grass-rust) affecting meadows outside Delft