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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0236 • Albrecht von Haller to Carl Linnaeus, 9 January 1738 n.s.
Dated IX Jan. 1738. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to Leiden (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Accuratissimo Botanicorum,
D[omino] D[octori] Carolo Linnaeo,
M[edicinae] Doctori,
Soc[ietatis] Nat[urae] Cur[iosorum] Sod[ali],[1]
S[alutem] p[lurimam] d[icit]
Haller.

Pro Tua amicitia fecisti, mi Linnaee, quod a[a][a] : MS1 [added above the line] WishofioWishoff, Conrad (?-?). Dutch.
Publisher in Leiden 1710-1750. Wishoff
published Classes plantarum and
Genera plantarum by Linnaeus as
well as Pehr Artedi’s
Ichtyologia. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
impetrasti, ut typos suos concederet opusculo meo.[2] Forma erit fere Tuae florae Laponicae,[3] moles paulo major. Sed cum fungorum historiam ab integro adsumere destinaverim, non potest ante Novembrem mensem initium fieri. Erunt tunc vero paratae 3/4 totius solaeque supererunt Arbores & gramina. Possent interim tabulae parari, si aliquas expetat Wischoffius. Interim Tuum adventum praestolor gratissimi hospitis, nisi quod multum de iis laudibus periturum praevideam, quas congeris in[b][b] : MS1 <cominus> in hominem cominus[c][c] : MS1 <cominus> cominus longe humiliorem. Doleo, quod ob Anatomen nequeam unice Botanicae incumbere. Absolvi tamen his feriis Cruciatas s[ive] tetradynamias (quam observationem ante hos XI annos feceram). Sed Tu, qui tot alias fecisti, merito Tuam[d][d] : MS1 [sc.] gloriam habebis. Quantae ubique tenebrae in vulgaribus stirpibus in generibus constituendis! SiegesbeckiiSiegesbeck, Johann Georg
(1686-1755). German. Prussian botanist,
doctor of medicine at Wittenberg in
1716, physician and director of the
botanical garden at St Petersburg
1735-1747. One of the most bitter
opponents of Linnaeus’s sexual system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
& Ludwigii censuram non metui.[4] Mallem tamen abesset. Scribamque ad Heisterum & Ludwigium. Neque enim decet famae detrahere hominum, qui toti sunt in augenda notitia naturae. Lapides & metalla servabo. Sume, quae placent. Reliqua dabo 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.
, ad quem scripsi. Servabo etiam aut cum[e][e] : MS1 <ad> cum fasciculo Wischoffii mittam specimina mea de Veronicis[5] & Pedicularibus.[6] Tribuloidem nunquam vidi. Holostium[sic] hic vulgatissimum est. Habet petala integra quinque margine aliquot dentibus adroso[7] more Alceae, stamina 5, Tubae tres repandae. Ovarium e cylindrico obtuse conicum dissilit apice in quinque partes. Semina brevibus petiolis ad receptaculum obtuse triquetrum. Calyx quinque foliis; potes fidere.

Expectatissime hominum, vale & cito adesto!

Salvere jubeo GaubiumGaub, Hieronymus David
(1705-1780). German. Physician,
professor of chemistry and medicine at
Leiden.
, RoyenumRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
et alios amicos!

Gottingae die IX Jan[uarii] 1738.

Si quid libror[um] corradere potueris, quorum nomina dedi, facies gratissimum.[8] Nummos nunc commodius in manum tradere licebit.

[address] A Monsieur / Monsieur Linnaeus, Docteur / en Medecine, Membre de l’Acad. / Imperiale / A Leyde

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has arranged for Albrecht von Haller to use Conrad Wishoff’s types to print the “Synopsis”. The form will be that of Linnaeus’s Flora Lapponica, but somewhat larger in size. The work cannot be printed before November, since he intends to give the whole history of the Fungi. Haller looks forward to Linnaeus’s arrival. The Cruciatae or Tetradynamiae are now finished.

Haller will write to Johann Georg Siegesbeck and Christian Gottlieb Ludwig to forestall their criticism of Linnaeus. He will either keep his De Veronicis and De Pedicularibus or send them with the parcel to Wishoff.

Haller has has never seen Tribuloides. Holosteum is very common in Germany. It has five undivided petals with marginal teeth like an Alcea and five stamens and three wavy tubes. The ovary, bluntly conical, opens at the top in five parts. The seeds are attached by short petioles to an obtusely three-angled receptacle.

He sends his regards to Hieronymus Davides Gaub and Adriaan van Royen.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VI, 163). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. "[12 Letters from Albrecht von Haller]" (1792), p. 108-109 .
2. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 311-313   p.311  p.312  p.313.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 [added above the line]
b.
MS1 <cominus> in
c.
MS1 <cominus> cominus
d.
MS1 [sc.] gloriam
e.
MS1 <ad> cum

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Albrecht von Haller to Linnaeus, 3 July 1737 n.s.Letter L0195.
2.
3.
4.
In 1737 Johann Georg Siegesbeck published Botanosophiae verioris brevis sciagraphiaSiegesbeck, Johann Georg
Botanosophiae verioris brevis
sciagraphia in usum discentium adornata.
Accedit ob argumenti analogiam,
Epicrisis in clar. Linnaei nuperrime
evulgatum systema plantarum sexuale, et
huic superstructam methodum
botanicam
(St Petersburg 1737).
to which was added an Epicrisis of Linnaeus’s sexual system (see the letters from Siegesbeck to Linnaeus). In 1739 Christian Gottlieb Ludwig published his Observationes in methodum plantarum sexualem cel. LinnaeiLudwig, Christian Gottlieb
Observationes in methodum plantarum
sexualem cel. Linnaei
(Leipzig
1739).
(see the correspondence between Linnaeus and Ludwig).
5.
Haller, De Veronicis quibusdam alpinis observationum botanicarum spec.Haller, Albrecht von De
Veronicis quibusdam alpinis
observationum botanicarum spec.

(Göttingen 1737).
.
6.
7.
After the word “adroso” Haller has made a little picture of the teeth.
8.
This list has not come down to us.