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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0314 • Johann Amman to Carl Linnaeus, 13 December 1739 n.s.
Dated 2 Decembr. 1739. Sent from St Petersburg (Russia) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Doctissimo atque Celeberrimo
CAROLO LINNAEO
Medicinae Doctori & Botanico Regio
S[alutem] pl[urimam dicit]
Joannes Amman.

Quas Holmia d[ie] 12. Octobr[is] ad me exarasti humanissimas literas prospere accepi.[2] Laetus ex iis certior factus sum, Te salvum & incolumem in Patriam reversum & honorificis admodum muneribus ornatum, sedem ibidem fixisse, de quibus rebus ex animo Tibi gratulor. Opusculum meum de Stirpibus rarioribus in Imperio Rutheno sponte provenientibus,[3] cum primitiis SiegesbecianisSiegesbeck, 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.
lubentissime[4] ad Te per navem Holmiam petentem misissem, sed accidit, ut lacus, fluvii & ipsa maria, paulo post quam literas Tuas accepi, glacie penitus obtecta fuerint, ita ut nesciverim & adhuc nesciam, qua occasione tuto hac hyeme Tibi transmitti possint, nisi ipse mihi indices, quo modo id fieri commode queat. De Filicibus Russiae tractatum nullum scripsi, nisi ita appellare velis dissertationem Academicam de omnibus ad hanc in diem bene notis Filicibus, quae duplicis generis folia obtinent, alia nempe florifera & fructifera, sterilia alia, compositam; haec anno sequenti, ut spero, Commentariis nostris, figuris aliquot illustrata inseretur.[5] Floram Virginicam 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.
hoc autumno misit.[6] Hortum Cliffortianum[7] promisit quidem, sed nondum ad manus meas pervenit. RoyeniiRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Prodromum Florae Lugduno-Batavae nondum vidi.[8] Quaecunque a nuper instituta Scient[iarum] Societate HolmiensiKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
edita mittes, non possunt esse quam gratissima.

Vale & me amare perge.

Scribebam Petropoli d[ie] 2 Decembr[is] 1739.

[address] a Monsieur / Monsieur Linnaeus, Docteur / en Medecine, & / Professeur en / Botanique trés celebre / Acad. a / Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Johann Amman has reveived a letter from Linnaeus dated 12 October (23 October 1739 n.s.), from which he learnt that Linnaeus has arrived in Sweden. He congratulates Linnaeus for the appointments conferred upon him. Amman should have sent his Stirpium rariorum in imperio Rutheno and Johann Georg Siegesbeck’s Primitiae florae Petropolitanae by a ship going to Stockholm, but the frozen lakes and rivers stopped him from doing that. Therefore Amman is unable to find any way of conveying these books during winter, unless Linnaeus can suggest an alternative.

Amman has not written any treatise on Russian ferns, but hopes that this will appear next year in the Novi Commentarii, with a few illustrations. Johan Frederik Gronovius has sent Amman the Flora Virginica. He promised Amman the Hortus Cliffortianus, but it has not yet come. Amman has not yet seen Adriaan van Royen’s Florae Leydensis Prodromus. Amman begs of Linnaeus to send him what has been published by the newly-established Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, as they cannot be but highly interesting.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, I, 134-135). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 196-197   p.196  p.197.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 57   p.57.