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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0235 • Carl Linnaeus to Georg Dionysius Ehret, 16 January 1738 n.s.
Dated 1738 Jan. 16. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Chelsea (Great Britain). Written in Latin.

Artificio [sic] Optimo,
G[eorgio] D[ionysio] Ehret,
s[alutem] C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Literae tuae una cum transmissa tabula, artis sanae magisterium, ad me justo tempore accessere;[1] reddo quas Tibi potero grates pro dono, quodque me in Tua benigna mente semper servas. Tabulam debui dare D[omino] CliffortioClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, qui summa admiratione in plantam speciosam, inque hoc tuum magisterium rapiebatur.

Mea non modo genera,[2] sed et reliqua opuscula lubens Tibi offero, quotquot potero omnia, modo curam gerere posses, ut aliquis ea a me exciperet, non enim dicere queo quam difficile mihi est hinc aliquid transmittere. Dedi ante quadrantem anni D[omino] GronovioGronovius, 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.
Corollarium meum & Methodum Sexualem,[3] ut ea transmitteret D[omino] D[octori] MartinoMartyn, John (1699-1768).
British. Physician, professor of botany
at Cambridge.
& D[ominis] MilleroMiller, 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.
& DillenioDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
; quod Dillenius ea non acceperit nuper novi, utinam per te scirem utrum vestri ea exceperint nec ne? Est enim mihi valde a[nceps][a][a] : MS1 [manuscript damaged;
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periculum ei quid tradere ut transmittat, nec possum per alium.

Edo hic ArtediArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
Linnaeus.
opera Ichthyologica,[4] certe opera sine pari, quae mortuo authore amico, in me suscepi.

Edo et hoc tempore Methodos omnium Botanicorum[5] ad unam relatas, quae omnes absolutae erint ad mensem Martii, quibus peractis ego abibo in Gallias, ut videam ibi Herbaria magn[orum][a][a] : MS1 [manuscript damaged;
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Botanicorum et dein redire in patriam; transmittam methodos per Gronovium ad D[ominum] Martynum, D[ominum] Millerum & Te; si non accipiatis, ille, non ego, in culpa ero.

Hortus Cliffortianus[6] jam absolutus est ut modo aliquot tabulae restent; in eo gratum animum reddidi Clariss[imo] D[omino] Millero ob tot communi[ca]tas[a][a] : MS1 [manuscript damaged;
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novas & curiosas plantas; ipsi plurimam salutem impertias ab eo, qui Ejus vivit.

Devota mea officia Cl[arissimo] Prof[essori] Martyno dicere ne intermittas ter oro.

Hortulanus D[omini] Cliffortii,[7] Tuus amicus, ut spero erit propediem Hortulanus in Horto medico Amstelaedamensi, ubi qui antea fuit mortuus est.

Hortum Cliffortianum & Viridarium[8] transmittat ipse D[ominus]Cliffortius.

Vale et me, quo soles animo, ama qui sum
tuus

C[arolus] Linnaeus

Rescribas, si placeat, ut habeam literas ante diem 8 Martii.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 1738 Jan[uarii] 16.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Georg Dionysius Ehret for his letter and a picture, which is also very much admired by George Clifford.

He offers Ehret not only his Genera plantarum but also all other works of his hand, if only Ehret can find somebody who can come and collect them; delivery is a real problem. Three months earlier Linnaeus has given copies of Corollarium generum plantarum and Methodus sexualis to Johann Friedrich Gronovius to be distributed to John Martyn, Philip Miller and Johan Jakob Dillenius. Now Linnaeus has recently been informed that Dillenius has not yet received them. Therefore, somewhat alarmed, Linnaeus asks Ehret to make inquieries to see if the other addressees have received their copies.

Commenting on his editorial activity Linnaeus mentions that he is at work on the Ichtyologia of his newly deceased friend Peter Artedi.

Linnaeus is also editing Classes plantarum, all botanists’ methods related to one. It will be completed by March, after which he will go to France to study the herbaria of great botanists and then return to his country. He will send his Classes plantarum to Gronovius for distribution to Martin, Miller and Ehret himself.

Hortus Cliffortianus has been completed except for some pictures.

Linnaeus says that in this work he has gratefully admitted his indebtedness to Miller for all the new and strange plants he has submitted to him.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Martyn and expresses a hope that George Clifford’s gardener and Ehret’s friend, Diedrich Nietzel, will soon be appointed to the vacant post of gardener at the Medical Garden of Amsterdam.

Clifford will send Hortus Cliffortianus and the Viridarium Cliffortianum.

P.S. Linnaeus must have Ehret’s response before 8 March.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, B. Linnaeus. Ms. Letters to D. Ehret, I.B=Supplements.). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. “Short memoir of George Dionysius Ehret” (1886), p. 46-47 .

upTEXTUAL NOTES

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MS1 [manuscript damaged; inserted readings have been taken from ED1]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

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See Georg Dionysios Ehret to Linnaeus, 3 April 1737 o.s., 14 April 1737 n.s.Letter L0167.
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