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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0240 • Lorenz Heister to Carl Linnaeus, 28 January 1738 n.s.
Dated V Kalend. Febr. MDCCXXXVIII. Sent from Helmstädt (Germany) to (). Written in Latin.

Viro Celeberrimo atque doctissimo,
D[omino] Carolo Linnaeo,
Botanico praestantissimo ac subtilissimo,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
Laurentius Heisterus.

Quum iam rursus tempus appropinquet, quo nova semina terrae mandanda, rogo, Vir clarissime, ut nonnulla eorum, quibus ego destituor, TU vero abundas, mecum communices eaque tantum per WaesbergiumWaesberge, (?-?). Dutch. ad me transmittas.

Quae interea temporis ex desideratis superiori anno impressis acceperim et quae mihi adhuc deficiunt ex adiecta designatione perspicere poteris. Miratus sum profecto rarissimas plantas, quas significasti, Te tam ex America accepisse quam ex Anglia attulisse, gratumque mihi erit, si ex Te intellexero illas apud vos vigere. Ita enim spes me alit fore eas etiam forte adhuc aliquando adipiscendi et admirandi. Spero quoque Hortum TUUM Clifortianum[a][a] : MS1 <Cf> Clifortianum [1] nunc prodiisse, quem multi mecum avide exspectant. Mea Chirurgia[2] nunc brevi, ut spero, prodibit apud Waesbergium. Superiori anno in Germania praeter continuationem Weinmanniani libri botanici[3] prodierunt LudwigiiLudwig, Christian Gottlieb
(1709-1773). German. Physician.
Professor of medicine in Leipzig. One of
Linnaeus’s early opponents.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
definitiones plantarum ad methodum Rivinianam exaratae,[4] 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.
catalogus Horti Petropolitani,[5] GleditschiiGleditsch, Johann Gottlieb
(1714-1786). German. Botanist and
sylviculturist in Berlin, disciple of
Anton Wilhelm Platz and Johann Ernst
Hebenstreit, supervisor of Caspar Bose’s
garden 1731-1735, professor at the
Collegium Medico-Chirurgicum in 1746.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
catal[ogus] Horti d[omi]n[i] de Zieten[6] et nuperrime VateriVater, Abraham (1684-1751).
German. Professor of anatomy, botany,
pathology at Wittenberg.
[b][b] : MS1 [sc.] catalogus. Horti Vitebergensis,[7] qui TIBI forte omnes iam noti. Gleditschii multas easque egregias continet plantas, quas eo in loco non quaesivissem, reliqui vero non adeo multas. Quid interea in Belgio et Anglia prodiit vel saltem nunc sub prelo est, ex TE quoque scire velim.

Si inter alia potissimum semina Papayae, Terebinthi, Tulipiferae atque Heisteriae mihi transmittes, tam gratum facies quam quod gratissimum. Insimul si dubia, quae circa Heisteriam et Floram Schelhammeri Helmstadiensem in epistola mea d[ie] 26 Mart[ii] superioris anni ad TE data movi,[8] mihi illustrabis, valde gaudebo.

Vale
et me ama!

Dab[am] Helmstad[ii] V Kalend[as] Febr[uarii] MDCCXXXVIII.

Filius multam salutem Tibi imprecatur et pro missa Flora Laponica[9] magnas Tibi agit gratias.

upSUMMARY

Lorenz Heister is amazed that Linnaeus has rare plants from both America and England.

He hopes that Linnaeus’s Hortus Cliffortianus has been published. Heister’s Institutiones chirurgicae will soon be published. In addition to a continuation of Johann Wilhelm Weinmann’s botanical book, the following books were published in Germany: Christian Gottlieb Ludwig’s Definitiones plantarum, Johann Georg Siegesbeck’s Primitiae florae Petropolitanae, Johann Gottlieb Gleditsch’s Catalogus plantarum horti Domini de Zieten and Abraham Vater’s Catalogus horti Wittenbergensis.

Heister would like to have seeds from Papaya, Terebinthus, Tulipifera and Heisteria.

He wants an answer to his questions of 26 March 1737 n.s. regarding Heisteria and a “Flora Helmstadiensis” by Günther Christoph Schelhammer.

P.S. Elias Friedrich Heister sends his thanks for Linnaeus’s Flora Lapponica.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VI, 457-458). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 <Cf> Clifortianum
b.
MS1 [sc.] catalogus.

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

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Ludwig, Definitiones plantarum in usum auditorumLudwig, Christian Gottlieb
Definitiones plantarum in usum
auditorum
(Leipzig 1737).
. See Christian Gottlieb Ludwig’s letter to Linnaeus, 22 October 1737 n.s.Letter L0210. Having found nothing among the manuscripts of August Quirinus RivinusRivinus, August Quirinus
(1652-1723). German. Professor of
medicine and botany at Leipzig.
Constructed a plant classification
system based on petals.
, now in a nephew’s possession, Ludwig says that Rivinus’s method was never written down but was mainly introduced at private conversations and lessons at the academy in Leipzig. See Rivinus, De methodo plantarumRivinus, August Quirinus De
methodo plantarum viri clarissimi
Augusti Quirini Rivini [...] epistola ad
Joan. Raium, cum ejusdem responsoria: in
qua D. Josephi Piton Tournefort, M.D.
Elementa botanica tanguntur
(London
1696).
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Vater, Catalogus plantarum inprimis exoticarum horti academici WittenbergensisVater, Abraham Catalogus
plantarum inprimis exoticarum horti
academici Wittenbergensis

(Wittenberg 1722).
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8.
See Heister to Linnaeus, 26 March 1737 n.s..
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