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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0255 • Georg Dionysius Ehret to Carl Linnaeus, 29 July 1738 n.s.
Dated 18. July 1738. Sent from Chelsea (Great Britain) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in German.

Insonders HochzuEhrender HERR Doctor

Dessen hochwehrtes schreiben von 16 January habe richtig erhalten,[1] und hätte längsten eine nachricht darauff e[r]theilen sollen dieweilen aber mit so vielen geschäfften überladen als bitte mein hochwehrtester HERR Doctor wird mich zu Excusiren wissen, hierbey sende die Caracteres der Bauhinia und Petiveria welche letzlich in der flor gewesen, hatte Ihnen gerne noch einige Exemplar von der Magnolia schicken wollen dieweilen es aber die Gelegenheit nicht hat zulassen wollen alss hab es auff eine andere Zeit verspahren wollen.

Wegen Ihren Tabellen[2] welche ich herauss gegeben in Leyden hab hören müssen dass HERR Doctor GronoviusGronovius, 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.
hat nachstechen lassen und dass Stück vor 10 Stieber verkaufft hat mich sehr gewundert, habe alsso ordre geben HERR StockhoffenStockhofen, (?-?). Hungarian
or Greek. Literary agent.
welcher die Tabellen in Verwahrung hat sie vor 8 Stieber zu verkauffen, ich lass es an seinen ort gestellet seyn &c.

HERR MillerMiller, 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.
Pupliciret ein zweites buch seines Gärtner Dictionaris[3] welches auff den herbst hin herausskommen wird, Item CatesbeiCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
(1736-1743).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
zweiter Volume von fischen und insecta &c wird auch diesen Sommer herauss kommen.[4]

Solte ich ferners wass rahres in der flor finden werde nicht Manquiren Ihnen Caracteres zuzuschicken.

Verbleibe meines hochwehrtesten
HERR Doctors
Dienstwilligster und ergebenster
Diener

G. D. Ehret.

Chelsea d. 18. July 1738

[address] Monsieur / Monsieur C. Linaeus / Docteur en Medecin & & / chez Monsieur Cliffort, / Banquier très renommé / a / Amsterdam

upSUMMARY

Georg Dionysius EhretEhret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for his letter of January 16 [Linnaeus to Ehret, 16 January 1738Letter L0235], which he should have answered much earlier. He has had very much to do, so he apologizes to Linnaeus for the delay. In this letter, he sends Linnaeus characters of Bauhinia and Petiveria, which have been flowering at Ehret’s, and he is sorry that he has had to postpone sending a Magnolia.

Ehret has been surprised to hear that Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, 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.
in Leyden had published Linnaeus’s Tabellae [Ehret refers to his drawing and engraving of a coloured “Tabella” from 1736, which represented Linnaeus’s sexual method of classification. Ehret has sold prints of his illustrations to botanists in Holland. One of the few copies known to have survived is in the Waller Collection (no. 11501) at the UUB, entitled Linnaei M.D. Methodus plantarum sexualis . Another edition, published by Johan Frederik Gronovius, [Ehret], Caroli Linnaei classes s. literae , was reproduced in various copies of Linnaeus’s works. Linnaeus himself reproduced it in Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
and later editions. In this letter Ehret refers to the second edition, which was copied and sold by Gronovius] and sells them for 10 stieber. Because of this, Ehret has ordered StockhoffenStockhofen, (?-?). Hungarian
or Greek. Literary agent.
to sell them for 8 stieber.

Philip MillerMiller, 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.
is publishing the second volume of his “Gärtner dictionarie” [Ehret refers to The Second volume of the gardeners dictionaryMiller, Philip The Second
volume of the gardeners dictionary;
which completes the work
(London
1739).
], which will appear in the autumn. The second volume of Mark Catesby’sCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
(1736-1743).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work on fishes and insects [Ehret refers to The Natural history of CarolinaCatesby, Mark The Natural
history of Carolina, Florida and the
Bahama Islands: containing the figures
of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents,
insects and plants: particularly the
forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants,
not hitherto described, or very
incorrectly figured by authors. Together
with their descriptions in English and
French. To which are added observations
on the air, soil, and wate: with remarks
upon agriculture, grain, pulse, roots,
&c. To the whole is prefixed a new
and correct map of the countries treated
of
, I-II (London 1731-1743).
] will appear during the summer.

Ehret promises to send Linnaeus specimens of rare things that he comes across in his work on plants.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, III, 411-412). [1] [2]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Linnaeus to Georg Dionysios Ehret, 16 January 1738 n.s.Letter L0235.
2.
Ehret refers to his drawing and engraving of a coloured “Tabella” from 1736, which represented Linnaeus’s sexual method of classification. Ehret has sold prints of his illustrations to “almost all the botanists in Holland”, making a nice profit. See “A Memoir of Georg Dionysios Ehret” , 52. One of the few copies known to have survived is in the Waller Collection (no. 11501) at the UUB, entitled Linnaei M.D. Methodus plantarum sexualis . Another edition, published by Johan Frederik Gronovius, [Ehret], Caroli Linnaei classes s. literae , was reproduced in various copies of Linnaeus’s works. Linnaeus himself reproduced it in Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
(1737) and later editions. In this letter Ehret refers to the second edition, which was copied and sold by Gronovius. For details on this, see Uggla, “G. D. Ehrets växtplansch över sexualsystemet”Uggla, Arvid Hjalmar “G. D.
Ehrets växtplansch över
sexualsystemet”, SLÅ 22
(1939), 108-113.
, and Calmann, Ehret: flower painter extraordinaryCalmann, G. Ehret: flower
painter extraordinary. An illustrated
biography
(London 1977).
, 49-50, n. 50, 51, 52.
3.
4.