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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0250 • Paul Heinrich Gerhard Moehring to Carl Linnaeus, 8 April 1738 n.s.
Dated 17 8/4 38. Sent from Jever (Germany) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Viro {img-L0250-a.gif+greek},[1]
Celeberrimo Dom[ino] CAROLO LINNAEO
Fautori ac Amico optumo,
Collegae honoratissimo,
S[alutem]
P[aulo] H[einrich] G[erhardo] Moehring

Quem novissimo Veneris die Tibi mercatorem Iudaeum Philippum MosesMoses, Philip (?-?). Dutch.
Merchant.
indicavi, iam mitto. Spem videlicet in Te locatam habeo, ut, si forte tantum Tibi temporis adhuc supersit, curam mei gratia apud Dom[inum] D[octorem] CliffortiumClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
continues, qui extremo, quorundam, de quibus ad Ill[ustrissimum] Cliffortium scripsi, plantarum vel surculorum, seminumve videndorum desiderio flagro. Inter omnia vero aliqua ex iis, quae Botanicorum memoriae mandasti, puto: Cliffortiam, Royenam, Heisteriam, Halleriam, Browalliam, Dilleniam, Riviniam, Bauhiniam etc. ut et officinalia, cyperus rotundus mandragora etc. placebunt. Ceterum vive diu felix, absensque litteris saepiusculis memoriam Tui in me accende.

Scrib[ebam] Jeverae, 17 8/4 38

[address] A Monsieur, Monsieur Charl: Linnaeus, / Docteur tres celebre en Medecine / Membre de l’Academie Imperiale des / Curieuses de la Nature, / Bij de Heer George Clifford. / à Amsterdam / Par occasion.

upSUMMARY

Paul Heinrich Gerhard Moehring expresses a hope that Linnaeus will find time to speak to Georg Clifford and make him favourable to accepting Moehring as a visitor. Moehring is dying to see the plants, shoots and seeds in Clifford’s famous garden. Moehring compliments Linnaeus on his inventiveness in naming plants after famous botanists: Cliffortia, Royena, Heisteria, Halleria, Browallia, Dillenia, Rivinia, Bauhinia etc.Also the names of officinal herbs, like Cyperus rotundus and Mandragora, are to his liking. With the following words he concludes the letter: “Live long and happily, and, in your absence, light the memory of you in me by often sending me letters!”

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. draft holograph (LS, X, 231-232). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Greek, “botanikolálò” for “to him who speaks the language of plants”.