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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Andreas Elias Büchner, 8 September 1737 n.s.
Dated 1737 Sept: 8. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Erfurt (Germany). Written in Latin.


A few days before, Linnaeus had heard through Johann Heinrich KesselringKesselting, Johann Heinrich
(1713-1741). German. Professor of
medicine, Königsberg.
that Andreas Elias BüchnerísBüchner, Andreas Elias
(1701-1769). German. Editor of
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
was well. However, Linnaeus had been sorry to know that neither his previous letter [this letter has not come down to us], nor the works, which Linnaeus had sent to the Imperial Academy [Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina Naturae Curiosorum], had reached Büchner, its president.

On his return from England, Linnaeus had been very glad at receiving the information from the academy, and had hastened to express his gratitude.

Linnaeus had understood that he owed much of this honour to Büchner, and he had asked how he could show his gratitude. So he had sent some works, the titles of which are specified, and he asks again if they really have not arrived. Linnaeus is sorry that he has no correspondent in Nürnberg. It is the more remarkable, since he has so many correspondents throughout Europe and in several other continents. Linnaeus would have written directly to Büchner, but he was afraid to disturb Büchner who was very much occupied by many other duties such as correspondence with more eminent scholars. Linnaeus is ready to send the academy copies of his recent works, such as De febrium intermittentium causaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
medica inauguralis in qua exhibetur
hypothesis nova de febrium
intermittentium causa
, Bibliotheca botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Bibliotheca
botanica recensens libros plus mille de
plantis huc usque editos, secundum
systema auctorum naturale in classes,
ordines, genera & species
dispositos, additis editionis loco,
tempore, forma, lingua etc. cum
explicatione Fundamentorum botanicorum
pars prima
(Amsterdam 1736).
,Fundamenta botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Fundamenta
botanica, quae majorum operum prodromi
instar theoriam scientiae botanices per
breves aphorismos tradunt
1736). Soulsby no. 253.
, Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
, Musa CliffortianaLinnaeus, Carl Musa
Cliffortiana florens Hartecampi 1736
prope Harlemum
(Leiden 1736).
, Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
, Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.
, as well as 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.
, Methodus sexualisLinnaeus, Carl Methodus
sexualis sistens genera plantarum
secundum mares et feminas in classes et
ordines redacta
(Leiden, 1737).
Soulsby no. 285b.
, Critica botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Critica
botanica, in qua nomina plantarum
generica, specifica & variantia
examini subjiciuntur, selectiora
confirmantur, indigna rejiciuntur;
simulque doctrina circa denominationem
plantarum traditur. Seu Fundamentorum
botanicorum pars IV. Accedit J.
Browallii De necessitate historiae
naturalis discursus
(Leiden 1737).
, Viridarium CliffortianumLinnaeus, Carl Viridarium
Cliffortianum, in quo exhibenter plantae
omnes, quas vivas aluit Hortus
Hartecampensis annis 1735, 1736, 1737.
Indicatae nominibus ex Horto
Cliffortiano depromptis
1737). Soulsby no. 331.
and Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
, if he just knew how and to whom they should be sent. He also asks for the name of a member of the Academy who would be especially suitable as Linnaeusís contact and correspondent, and with whom he could exchange letters and information.

Linnaeus describes the fate of Albert SebaSeba, Albert (1665-1736).
Dutch. Pharmacist and collector of
natural history specimens, Amsterdam.
, in addition to what he had told before. Sebaís daughters had got married, but Seba had fallen out with his sons-in-law. Then he had fallen ill and died after just two days, in May 1736. Now the sons-in-law quarrel over the inheritance, and they do not care about Sebaís honour and fame. That is shown by the fact that the third and fourth parts of his great work will probably not be published, although the third is already printed to the greater part, and the plates of the fourth part are already cut and begin to decay from verdigris. [Seba himself published two volumes of the Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptioSeba, Albert Locupletissimi
rerum naturalium thesauri accurata
descriptio, et iconibus
artificiosissimis expressio, per
universam physices historiam. Opus, cui,
in hoc rerum genere, nullum par
exstitit. Ex toto terrarum orbe
collegit, digessit, descripsit, et
depingendum curavit Albertus Seba
I-IV (Amsterdam 1734-1765).
, vols. III-IV came in 1758 and 1765].Ė Linnaeus asks Büchner not to reveal that he had given the information, although it is true.

Linnaeus asks Büchner to send any reply to George CliffordClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
in Amsterdam, who will take care that Linnaeus receives it. Linnaeus is moving around and will soon leave Holland and return to Sweden.

P.S. 1 Linnaeus reports that he is editing Petrus ArtediísArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
posthumous work on ichthyology [Ichthyologia sive opera omnia de piscibusArtedi, Peter Ichthyologia
sive opera omnia de piscibus, scilicet:
Bibliotheca ichthyologica. Philosophia
ichthyologica. Genera piscium. Synonymia
specierum. Descriptiones specierum.
Omnia in hoc genere perfectiora, quam
antea ulla. Posthuma vindicavit,
recognovit, coaptavit & edidit
Carolus Linnaeus
(Leiden 1738).

P.S. 2 He will send some observations from Lapland as soon as possible.


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 17-19   p.17  p.18  p.19.