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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0260 • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 22 October 1738 n.s.
Dated 1738 Octobris 11a. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Viro Illustri
D[omino] D[octori] Johanni Burmanno
Professori Botanices Celeberrimo,
Practico apud Amstelaedamenses Expertissimo &c.
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit].
Carolus Linnaeus

Mensis jam jam praeterlabitur a prima hora, qua desideratum patriam attigi. Per aliquot hebdomadas cum Amica[1] me recreavi, nuper vero salvus Stockholmiam perveni.

Plantas quas promisi quondam, in Belgio autem praestare non potui, jam collegi omnes, habebisque eas, excepta nulla cum prima navi, quae hinc Amstelias vestras petit hoc ipso autumno, vel si nulla discedat, primo vere, tam certo ac ego vixero. Seposui omnes, restat ut numeros Florae Lapponice[2] addam. Si moram hanc benigne excusare velis, rem facies mihi gratam, in causa sum quidem ipse, sed non malevola ductus mente. Speraveram me ante annum fuisse domi, aliter licet disposuerint fata. Obligatus plantas plurimas aliis concessi, quibus quid denegare mihi religio erat. Noveram enim ipse me Tuum catalogum tibive promissum supplere posse, nec tantum interesse utrum mensi[s] spatio prius vel serius eas obtineres credideram. Dum a Te ante annum discessi plena mente abire in animum induxi ipse. Quod permanere debui aegre ferebas, an juste? Nolui itaque, sed hor[r]ui amicum antea tuum in me animum tum iratum adspicere, licet minus sufficienti causa ductum. Transeant haec, memor vivam semper Tuorum in me beneficiorum, videbis me absentem Tuum cultorem summum. Quae promisi praestabo omnia. Libros svecorum quam primum obtinuero procurabo et reliquo [sic].

Gratissimum dum vixero mihi nuntium erit Tua, Tuorumque valetudo prospera.

Ut itaque valeat tua familia nobilissima caelum votis fatigabo. Vivas diu felix.

Dabam Stockholm[iae] 1738 Octobris 11a.

[address] a Monsieur / Monsieur Jean / Burmannus / Docteur & Professeur tres celebre / Amsterdam

upSUMMARY

A month will soon have passed since Linnaeus arrived home. He has rested for some weeks with his fiancée and he arrived safely at Stockholm.

Johannes Burman will get the plants which Linnaeus has promised him. He could not fulfill his promise in Holland but he has now collected them all. He will send them by the first boat to Amsterdam this autumn or, if there is not one now, in the beginning of spring. He has only to number Flora Lapponica. He would be most grateful if Burman would forgive him, although he himself is the cause of the delay he did not do it with ill will. He had thought he would be home a year before but fate decided otherwise. He was obliged to give a lot of plants to others and it was impossible for him to refuse them. He had known that he could supply Burman’s catalogue with this and fulfill his promise, and he had thought some month sooner or later would make no difference. When he left Burman a year ago he was determined to go home. He trembles, however, seeing his old friend so angry. He hopes this will pass, he will never forget Burman’s favours, and he will, though absent, cultivate the friendship. He will send the Swedish books as soon as he gets them and the rest.

He will always be pleased to hear from Burman, about his and his family’s good health.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 12-13 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 57-58   p.57  p.58.