Documentation

Letters

-Search for letters
-Search in texts

Manuscripts

Editions

Links

Contact

C18

Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0061 • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 24 January 1736 n.s.
Dated 1736. jan. 24. Sent from Hartecamp (Netherlands) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Viro Celeberrimo
D[omino] Johanni Burmanno
Medicinae Doctori Expertissimo,
Professori Botanices Amstelae Clarissimo
S[alutem] Pl[urimam] D[icit]
Carolus Linnaeus
Med[icinae] Doct[or]

Negligens nimis essem et venerentiae debitae oblitus, si non cum Viro Clarissimo quid Flora grata generose nobis concessit, communicarem. Jactavit praeterlapso anno Hortus Lugdunensis sesemet prae reliquis, quod protrudere posset, flores istos in Europa rariores Aloes, quos tamen plures proferre potuisse Horti, dudum testantur Botanicorum scripta, sed ehem Horti Lugdunenses. Videatis Hortum Hartcampensem, et num Florae almae manus ei tantam concedant fortunam? Sed quo tendo, dicam. Musae nostrae Botanicae florent egregiae Hartcampi.[1] Musa inquam Palmae ista species quae in utraque India habitat, Musa arabum seu AvicennaeAvicenna, (980-1037). Saudi
Arabian. Philosopher and physician.
Author of Canon medicinae.
. Quod antea in Europa floruit semel relatum mihi est, quod bis floruit in Europa numquam audivi antea. Si quis curiosus Botanicus sit in propinquo non dubito quin avidissimus sit videre hos flores, quos neque in herbario ullo conspicere queat, nec umquam alias florentem [sic]. Hinc multo minus dubito quin Vir Celeberrimus, ut prae reliquis in Botanicis sapiat, etiam maxime desiderabit videre hocce fere miraculum, et plantam hanc Zeylonicam.

Nobilissimus Dominus CliffortClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
salutat et invitat Dominum Professorem, ut ad eum accedat ante diem solis, tum enim abibit. Esset ipsi gratum si Dominus Professor vellet heic pernoctare cum socio vel sociis quos secum ducat. Die veneris accedit Dominus GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
et nonnulli alii.

Quid videtur Viro Celeberrimo de novellis his. Annon gratum sit Maecenati meo, quod Flora ei obtulerit flores in Europa rarissimos. Si non haec [sic] specimen excitaret ad continuandum et favore prosequendum studia, ego sane nescio quid posset.

Ego gratulor me, quod Flora maecenati meo has delicias obtulerit eo ipso anno quo heic de plantis scribo.[2]

Vale, venias cito, permaneas diu, abeas sero. Vale inquam saluta Familiam vestram nobilem.

1736. jan[uarii] 24.

[address] A Monsieur / Monsieur Jean / Burmannus / Docteur et Professeur / Amsterdam.

upSUMMARY

The Leiden University Botanical Garden has shown some rare Aloes but the garden at Hartecamp has also been successful. Their rare Musae flower, at the Hartecamp, the Musa Palmae which grows in India, the Arabian or Avicenna’s Musa. Linnaeus has been told that the Musa has only flowered once before in Europe.

If there is a botanist in the neighbourhood he will want to have a look at these flowers; Johannes Burman in particular, the wisest of all botanists, would want to see this miracle, this Zeylonian plant. George Clifford sends his compliments and invites Burman, and friends, to come and visit him and stay over night before Sunday, when Clifford is going away. Johan Frederik Gronovius and some others will arrive on Friday.

Linnaeus is very much pleased with the rare flowers that the Flora has presented to his Maecenas in the very year when Linnaeus is writing about the plants. He begs Burman to come soon.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv, 0101-0106). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 1-2 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 39-40   p.39  p.40.

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
The Musa flowered for the first time the day this letter was written, 24 January 1736 n.s. – On this event, see also Uggla, “Linné och bananen”Uggla, Arvid Hjalmar
“Linné och bananen”,
SLÅ 42 (1959), 79-88.
.
2.
Linnaeus wrote a botanical monography on the Musa, Musa CliffortianaLinnaeus, Carl Musa
Cliffortiana florens Hartecampi 1736
prope Harlemum
(Leiden 1736).
(1736).