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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0035 • Carl Linnaeus to Herman Boerhaave, 16 July 1735 n.s.
Dated 17 16/VII. 35. Sent from ? () to Leiden (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Maecenati Maximo!

Pretiosum hunc D[omini] de Reaumur librum de Insectis, summa veneratione jam restituo. Insecta, quae continet, accurate admodum et satis prolixe descripsit, quod ut in reliquis omnibus praestet, vel nimis longum foret, vel vix fieri posset. Mihi vero methodus illa, breviter succincte et nervose scribendi, magis arridet, quippe diffu­sum genus scribendi et Lectori taedium et autori ipsi molestiam nimiam parit. Post octo dierum spatium catalogum plantarum Lapponicarum desideratum, submisse communicabo, qui sum ad cineres

Summi Viri
indefessus cultor
Carl
Linnaeus

17 16/VII 35

Excellentissimo Professori
D[omino] D[octori] Herm[anno] Boerhave.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus is returning to Herman BoerhaaveBoerhaave, Herman (1668-1738).
Dutch. Professor of medicine, botany and
chemistry at Leiden. One of the most
influential professors of medicine of
the eighteenth century. Linnaeus visited
him during his stay in Holland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
a copy of René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur’sRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
work on insects [Linnaeus refers to Mémoires pour servir à l´histoire des insectes Réaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
Mémoires
pour servir à l’histoire des
insectes
, I-VI (Paris 1734-1742).
] and he makes some comments. He thinks that Réaumur has described the insects presented very well, almost in too great detail, since he thinks that it would be too much, or even too cumbersome, to treat all insects in this way. Linnaeus prefers writing shortly and strictly, since he thinks that a more verbose way of writing may bore the reader and cause the author too much work. In eight days, Linnaeus will humbly send Boerhaave the list of the plants of Lapland that Boerhaave had asked for.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken (ELO), 1658 Archief Boerhaave, De Thoms, Van Leyden en Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, inv. nr. 53.). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. “En souvenir du jour de naissance de C. Linné” (1907), p. 317 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 313-314   p.313  p.314.
3. Correspondence (1962), vol. 3, p. 186-189 .