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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0167 • Georg Dionysius Ehret to Carl Linnaeus, 14 April 1737 n.s.
Dated 3 Aprill, Ao 1737. Sent from Chelsea (Great Britain) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in German.

Insonders HochzuEhrender HERR Doctor

Dass ich auff Dero wehrtes Schreiben[1] die antwort schuldig geblieben bitte meinen vielen verrichtungen zuzuschreiben.

Die so vermeinte Tragiam welche Ihnen in meinem ersten schreiben zugeschicket bin ich unrecht daran gewesen[2] und hab mich nachgehens beÿ HERR 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.
informiret da mir Derselbe ein specimen von der Tragia gewiesen und gantz von meiner Zeignung Differiret, auch bin Ihrer Instruction höchst verbunden, letzlich ist die Bocconia in der flor gewesen welche ich Examiniret und gehoret under die Classe Hexandria Calix nullus, Petala duo, Stamina Sex, auch habe under andere die species Phyllireae Examiniret und nicht mehr als 2 Stamina haben und in Ihrer Sistema Naturae[3] in einer andere Classe gefunden, bitte mir eine nachricht davon auss; letzlich hat HERR Miller mir dass buch Ihrer Nova Genera Plantarum[4] welche Sie Ihm zugeschicket gelehnet darinnen viele neue Genera ersehen, ich wünsche ein Dergleiches vertreffliches Buch zu besitzen, da ich grosse begierte habe Ihre neue genera auss zu finden und täglich darinnen studiere;

Diesen bevorstehenden Sommer, werde viele neue pflantzen wieder zu sehen bekommen da mir HERR Miller sagte dass er Saamen hat geschickt bekommen von dem Nortern Part in America, ich werde mich befleissen wann was Rahres solte vorkommen Ihnen zu communiciren.

Verbleibe in allem Respect
Des HERR Doctors
Gehorsamster Diener

Georg Dionisius Ehret

Chelsea d. 3 Aprill, Ao 1737

upSUMMARY

Georg Dionysius EhretEhret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
apologizes for not having answered Carl Linnaeusís letter [Linnaeus to Ehret, 29 November 1736Letter L0108], but he has had much to do.

Ehret was wrong when he sent Linnaeus a drawing of a Tragia in his former letter [Ehret to Linnaeus, 14 October 1736Letter L0106, see also Linnaeus to Ehret, 29 November]. 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.
has shown him a specimen of a Tragia which was quite unlike the drawing, and Ehret thanks Linnaeus for his comment. The Bocconia has flowered; Ehret has examined it and found that it belongs to Classis Hexandria, calyx nullus, petala duo, stamina sex. In addition, Ehret has examined the Phyllirea, which has only two stamens; as Linnaeus has it in quite another class in the Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
, Ehret wants to know what to do about it. Finally, Miller has lent Ehret the copy of Linnaeusís ďNova genera plantarumĒ [Ehret refers to Corollarium Generum plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Corollarium
Generum Plantarum, exhibens genera
plantarum sexaginta, addenda prioribus
characteribus, expositis in Generibus
Plantarum. Accedit methodus sexualis

(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no. 285.
] which Linnaeus had sent to Miller. Ehret has studied it with great interest and found that he would be glad to have a copy of his own for his daily work.

In the summer, Ehret expects to see many new plants, because Miller has told him that he has received seeds of several species from North America. Ehret promises to inform Linnaeus about any rare species among them.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, III, 409-410). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Linnaeus to Georg Dionysios Ehret, 29 November 1736 n.s.Letter L0108. The letter was sent with another letter to Philip Miller, see Linnaeus to Philip Miller, 20 January 1737 n.s.Letter L0133.
2.
See Linnaeus to Ehret, 29 November 1736 n.s.Letter L0108 and Ehret to Linnaeus, 3 October 1736 o.s., 14 October 1736 n.s.Letter L0106.
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