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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0126 • Carl Linnaeus to Herman Boerhaave, 1736-1737 n.s.
Dated . Sent from () to (). Written in Latin.

Viro sapientissimo summoque medico,
HERMANNO BOERHAAVE,
s[alutem]
Carolus Linnaeus.

Nullum profecto decet quaerere aliud patrocinium, quod hosce tueri posset flores quam Tuum, Vir illustris, praeclarum Nomen. Tu enim primus, & unicus fuisti, qui in constituendis plantarum generibus, partes omnes fructificationis, reiectis ludicris iconibus, adhibuisti. Quantum promoveris rem Botanicam abunde testatur Hortus Lugduno-Batavus per Te numero plantarum duplo longe auctior. TUA vel in frigidis terris resonantia merita stimulos addidere mihi, ut TUI ad exemplum solis observationibus innitens hosce per decennium haud defatigandus continuaverim labores. Infinitas TIBI jam dudum persolverunt grates vel summi in arte Viri, quod divina Tua cum orbe litterario communicare volueris singulari eruditione & concinna dictione elaborata Scripta. Nonne TIBI quoque debetur summa laus, quod egregia Praeclarissimorum Virorum opera jamjam peritura dederis immortalitati, Vaillantii videlicet, Swammerdammii, ut taceam Aliorum? TU igitur, qui Aliorum opera tanto Studio prosequeris, nec hocce parvum opus­culum tueri dedigneris. Accipias illud, ut me hactenus consuevisti, serena fronte, nec eum, qui TUUS esse studet, favore prosequi desinas.

Vale!

upSUMMARY

It would not be decent if Linnaeus would choose another protector than 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.
for the flowers described in this work [Linnaeus refers to his Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
]. Boerhaave had been the first, and for long the only one, who had used all parts involved in the fructification in the establishing of the genera of plants and rejected all ludicrous pictures. How much Boerhaave had contributed to the advancement of botany can be seen in the garden in Leiden, which has been twice as rich in plants by Boerhaave’s efforts. Boerhaave’s reputation, known also in cold countries, has led Linnaeus to continued and indefatigable work for a decade, in which he, following Boerhaave, relied only on observed facts. The most prominent scholars in this field have already showed Boerhaave their gratitude for sharing with them his works, elaborated with an outstanding knowledge and concinnity in style. Is not Boerhaave worth praised also for having contributed to the immortality of excellent works by prominent scholars such as Sébastien VaillantVaillant, Sébastien
(1669-1722). French. Botanist and
surgeon. Professor at the Jardin des
plantes. His theory on plant sexuality
influenced Linnaeus who regarded
Vaillant as one of the most important
botanists.
and Jan SwammerdamSwammerdam, Jan (1637-1680).
Dutch. Naturalist. By his microscopical
studies Swammerdam made fundamental
scientific contributions to the study of
entomology. Boerhaave edited his
Biblia naturae sive historia
insectorum
(1737-1738).
among others? Linnaeus hopes that Boerhaave, who follows the works of others so carefully, will condescend to accept and study also this little work with the same clear mind as he has formerly treated Linnaeus, and that Boerhaave will not stop regarding as his friend Linnaeus, who is eager to be a friend of Boerhaave’s.

[The first edition of Genera plantarum, which was published in Leiden in 1737, has the above dedication to Herman Boerhaave].

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 314   p.314.