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Letter of commendation for student at Latin School of Leiden Holland 1777

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Ingenuo optimaequo (?)
Spei Adolescenti
Henrico van Royen
Ob singularem in studus diligentiam
Et industriam, cujus specimen tum
Publico tum privato examine dedit
Virtutis et honoris ergo hoc praemium
Decreverunt scholae lugdunensis
Constituendae quatuor-viri; quum
Transscribevetur (?) e classe secunda
In primam d. viii Septembris A. 1777

Simon Drolenvaux   J. van Alphen

Adr Van Royen     J.J. Schultens.

GENEROUS   xxxxxxx
Due diligence individual pursuit
And industry , as well as the ideal to examine public and private
So this is the reward of virtue and honor
Lyons decreed schools
To establish a four - man ; since
transcribed from the fleet in the first second
8th September 1777

(rough, from Googe Translate)


Uncommon document.

Dimensions: 28 1/4 X 20 3/4 cm
Condition: folded horizontally, smaller horizontal and vertical fold, general staining top part of document, UL corner chip, couple small tears, some small black dots on document.


Adriaan van Royen (11 November 1704 in Leiden – 28 February 1779 in Leiden) was a Dutch botanist. He was a professor at Leiden University and is associated with Carl Linnaeus.

Van Royen trained at the University of Leiden and graduated as a medical doctor in 1728 for his thesis Dissertatio botanico-medica de anatome et œconomia plantarum. He was later appointed professor of botany at the university from 1732–1755 and later professor of medicine (1755–1775).

He is best known for his work on flora of Southeast Asia. He was a colleague of George Clifford III, a wealthy Dutch merchant and governor of the Dutch East India Company living in Haarlem, and a noted source of new introductions from the East Indies and the Cape. Adriaan van Royen formed a close relationship with Linnaeus, who had visited the Leiden Botanic Garden during a stay in Leiden between 1737 and 1738.

The genus Royena L. (= Diospyros sect. Royena (L.) F.White), in the Ebenaceae, and Melastoma royenii Blume. Sutton, D.A. are named after him.

J.J Schultens, son of : 
Albert Schultens (1686 – 26 January 1750) was a Dutch philologist. Schultens was the chief teacher of the Arabic language in the whole of the Europe during his lifetime. In some sense, he revived Arabic studies. He differed from J. J. Reiske and Silvestre de Sacy in regarding Arabic as a handmaid to Hebrew. Reiske considered Schultens' treatment of Arabic to be of little value, also maintaining that Arabic studies should not be taught as part of theology, but as a subject matter in its own right, as was mathematics, physics, geography and medicine. Schultens vindicated the value of comparative study of the Semitic tongues against those who, like Jacques Gousset, regarded Hebrew as a sacred tongue with which comparative philology has nothing to do.