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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0106 • Georg Dionysius Ehret to Carl Linnaeus, 14 October 1736 n.s.
Dated Octobre d. 3 1736. Sent from Chelsea (Great Britain) to (). Written in German.

Insonde[r]s HochzuEhrender HERR Doctor[1]

Derselbe wolle mich Excusiren dass nicht Ehr[e]nder die Zeignungen von der Rauwolfia und Barba Jovis geschicket habe,[2] dieweilen ich sehr occupiret gewesen in verschiedenen Affairen, auch sende hierbey die Tragia alia Scandens welche sehr Couriese Stami[n]a hat, wie in der Figur welche ich durchs Mycroscopium gemacht zu sehen ist, und hab 10 Stamina darinen gefunden, und noch eine andere pflantze welche gantz ein neu Genus ist wie Sie in der figur sehen werden.[3] Die Hura ist zu keiner perfection gekommen da ich mich verschiedene Mahlen darum erkundiget habe.[4] Auch berichte Ihnen dass es starck im werck ist dass ich mit HERR Doctor MyllerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
nach Jamaica Reisen werde,[5] und habe in so weit Verspruch von Etlichen Herren wo keine hinderung darzwischen komt.

HERR Miller ist gantz bestürtz[t] dass er kein schreiben von Ihnen bekombt und möchte gerne wissen ob Sie Glücklich mit Ihren pflantzen nach Holland gekommen sind. Nebst anwünschung alles Vergnügens offerire mich zu allen möchlichen diensten und versichere dass ich beständig seye

Meines
Insonders HochzuEhrenden HERR Doctor
Ergebenster Diener

Georg Dionisius Ehret

Chelsea, Octobre d.3. 1736.[6]

upSUMMARY

Georg Dionysius EhretEhret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
apologizes for not having sent Carl Linnaeus the drawings of the Rauwolfia and the Barba Jovis, but he has been very busy with other matters. Now, he also sends the Tragia alia scandens, the ten stamens of which he has studied in a microscope and found very curious, and one more plant which is a new genus, as Linnaeus can see. Ehret has not managed to make a good drawing of the Hura but he has tried several times. Ehret mentions that he has advanced plans to go to Jamaica together with Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
and that he has been promised support from several sources for this journey.

Ehret has understood that Miller is concerned that he has not heard from Linnaeus. Miller wants to know if Linnaeus had got to Holland safely with all his plants.

Ehret declares himself ready to help Linnaeus in all possible ways.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, III, 407-408). [1] [2]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
This is the first known letter in the correspondence between Georg Dionysios Ehret and Linnaeus which postdates Linnaeus’s visit to England in 1736. – On Ehret and Linnaeus in these years, see Calmann, Ehret: flower painter extraordinaryCalmann, G. Ehret: flower
painter extraordinary. An illustrated
biography
(London 1977).
, 45-51; see also Ehret’s autobiography, interfoliated with annotations by Christopher Jacob TrewTrew, Christopher Jacob
(1695-1769). German. Botanist,
physician and counsellor of the margrave
of Ansbach.
, “A Memoir of Georg Dionysios Ehret”Calmann, G. , 51-52.
2.
Ehret refers to the illustrations he made for Linnaeus, Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
Clifford
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
. He had drawn most of them while staying at Hartecamp earlier that year, but he apparently finished some of the drawings in England.
3.
About the result of Ehret’s microscopical studies and his report of a new genus, see Linnaeus to Ehret, 29 November 1736 n.s.Letter L0108 and Ehret to Linnaeus, 3 April 1737 o.s., 14 April 1737 n.s.Letter L0167.
4.
Ehret returns to the subject two years later, see Ehret to Linnaeus, November 1738Letter L0258.
5.
Nothing came of this plan.
6.
Accompanied by a drawing of a plant (L.S., III, 407).