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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0252 • Paul Heinrich Gerhard Moehring to Carl Linnaeus, 4 April 1738 n.s.
Dated 17 4/4 38. Sent from Jever (Germany) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Collegae ac Amico optumo,
Viro illustri
Dom[ino] CAROLO LINNAEO,
M[edicinae]D[octori], Acad[emiae Imperial[is] Nat[urae] Curiosorum] Sod[ali] etc.
S[alutem]
P[aul] H[einrich] G[erhard] Moehring.

Doleo dirum, quem sustinuisti, morbum, gratulor felicem iam valetudinem, adprecor sincere perennem sanitatem, vt diutius nobis firmum Botanices praesidium superesse possis. Clar[issimus] van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
pulchra mihi semina misit, pro quorum cura, ac seorsim pro benevola optumorum librorum donatione humanissimas Tibi grates persolvo, et ut porro me ames, precor. Diu scripsissem, nisi haesitassem, ubinam terrarum commoraris. Quaesivi quoque ex Ill[ustrissimis] CliffortioClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, RoyenoRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
ac HalleroHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, numne locum illum indicare mihi possent.

Quam lubenter Tecum in Batavia convenirem, cor mecum testis sit, vivido flagrans igne novas successiue herbas adcipiendi, ac in suavisssima botanica doctior Tuo praesertim auxilio evadendi. Praestitisti profecto iam multa apud me, quod nunc praecipue, Criticam[1] Tuam botanicam perlegens, sentio. Utinam philosophiam[2] Tuam botanicam perficeres, publicaeque luci dares!

Aegrotorum numerus, pleuripneumoniis, variolis haemoptysibus, etc. heic valde grassantibus, me impedit, quominus dulcissimo Tuo colloquio frui valeam. Expecto adhuc nouva Tua genera[3] propediem ex Batavia, quorum caussa iam ante duos fere menses ad bibliopolam scripsi, misique argentum.

Ill[ustrissimus] CliffortiusClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, quem humaniter quaeso salutes, benevole mecum communicavit virid[iarium] Cliffortianum,[4] litterisque humanissismis semina obtulit. Quo facto, indicem desideratorum in usum horti mei ipsi misi, petiique ab eodem, ut quaedam ex illis per publicum transmitteret nuncium; sed responso eius adhuc careo.

Nonne Tuus in me favor ac amor, quem insignem expertus sum, ex eius horto, dum Amstelodami adhuc vitam vivis, quaedam procurare potest? Singula, quibus Primae lineae[5] carent, gratissima erunt. Sed imprimis quosdam surculos si mittere posses per Cliffortium, optumam scirem occasionem. Iudaeus enim quidam nostras et haut infelix mercator, nomine Philipp[us] MosesMoses, Philip (?-?). Dutch.
Merchant.
, ad iter Batavicum se adcingit, quem ad Cliffortii domum mittam. Semina tamen per nuncium publicum transportari possent, ne tempus serendi praeterlabatur.

ArtediArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
Linnaeus.
opus et Classes Tuae plantarum[6] quanto pretio veneunt? SaltzmannumSaltzmann, Johann Gottfried
(?-?). German. Physician, Strasbourg.
Studied at Leiden from 1737.
Argentorati et Dom[inum] EichrodtEichrodt, (?-?). German.
Physician at Durlach in the end of the
1730s.
, Archiatrum Durlacensem e vivis ereptos esse, cognitum forte iam erit Tibi. Prius vero quam e Belgio discedas, responso Tuo me exhilara. Vale.

P.S. Nonne Theae, Coffeae et Sacchari semina recentia in Batavia obtineri possunt?

Scrib[ebam] festinante calamo eadem, qua Tuas adcepi, hora, Jeverae, 17 4/4 38

[address] A Monsieur Charl: Linnaeus / Docteur en Medecine, Membre de líAcademie Impériale des Curieuses de la Nature / Chez Mons. le D. George Clifford presentement / op de Kaijsers Gracht. / à Amsterdam / Franco Wilsh[a]usen.

upSUMMARY

Paul Heinrich Gerhard Moehrinq regrets the fact that Linnaeus has been ill but is glad that he has recovered his health. Moehring has received seeds from Adriaan van Royen. He thanks Linnaeus for having arranged this and also for sending books. Moehring would have written earlier, but not until now did he know where to send his letters.

Moehring would love to be with Linnaeus in Holland, learn from him and collect new plants. Reading Critica botanica Moehring feels how deply influenced he is by Linnaeusís ideas. He expresses the hope that Linnaeus soon finish Philosophia botanica.

From his daily life as a physician Moehring reports great numbers of people suffering from pneumonia and hemoptysis and other serious diseases, which makes it impossible for him to visit Linnaeus. Moehring is impatiently waiting for Linnaeusís Genera plantarum to be delivered, paid for two months earlier.

Georg Clifford has discussed Viridiarium Cliffortianum with Moehring, and, in a letter, he has offered seeds. Moehring has sent him a list of plants that he neded for his garden, but, so far, he has heard nothing from Clifford.Maybe Linnaeus could procure some plants for him that still were missing in his Primae lineae. Above all he would be grateful for certain shoots. These could be picked up by a Jewish merchant, a Mr Philip Mores, who was going to Holland. The seeds could preferably be sent by post in order to arrive in time for the sowing period.

How much are Petrus Artediís work and Linnaeusís Classes plantarum? The closing lines of the letter are: ďMake me happy by answering this letter before you leave Belgium!Ē In a postscript Moehring asks if it is possible to get at seedsof tea, coffee and sugar in Holland.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, X, 229-230). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.
Linnaeus mentions in his autobiography that his correpondents every year urged him to publish a Philosophia botanica. See Linnaeus, Vita Caroli LinnaeiLinnaeus, Carl Vita Caroli
Linnaei. Carl von Linnés
självbiografier
, ed. E.
Malmeström & A. Hj. Uggla
(Uppsala 1957).
, p. 121. It came in 1751: Philosophia botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
etc.
(Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
437.
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