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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0644 • Johann Philip Breyne to Carl Linnaeus, 30 August 1745 n.s.
Dated 1745 d. 30 Augusti. Sent from Gdansk (Poland) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro illustri
Carolo Linnaeo
S[alutem]pl[urimam] d[icit]
Ioannes Philippus Breynius.

Ad Litteras Tuas d[ie] 12 Sept[embris] anni 1739.[1] Holmia ad me datas, longe gratissimas, mox d[ie] 21. Octobris eiusdem anni[2] sub tegmine Mercatoris cujusdam Holmiensis fuse respondi, simulque varia curiosa, quae Scientiam Rei Herbar. concernunt Tecum communicavi. Sed, quod miror, nullas hactenus a Te, Vir Celeberrime, vidi responsorias. Unde an meas receperis, an vero ad palatum non fuerint Tuum ignarus altum quoque ipse pressi silentium. Interim Scripta Tua, quae sane magni, ut decet, facio, sedulus pervolvi. Sed licet senex, morte unici FiliiBreyne, Johann Heinrich
(1716-1740). German. Son of Johann
Philipp Breyne.
Ao 1740 in Anglia et subsequente charissimae conjugis meae fractus et valetudinarius litterarum commercium plane ferme seposuerim; nunc tamen occasione seminum recentium, quod pro Te ante menses aliquot ex Anglia misit communis noster Amicus Petrus CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, resumto calamo semina haec litteris hisce comitari constitui. Haec ante mensem saltem, una cum quibusdam pro me, mihi tradita sunt, naves quia tardius appulerunt.

Perillustris SloaniusSloane, Hans (1660-1753).
British. Physician, naturalist and
collector. Secretary of the Royal
Society in 1693, president in 1727.
Sloaneís collections of natural history
objects were donated to the English
nation and were one of cornerstones of
the British Museum (1759). Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
nuperrime emisit An Account of a most efficacious Medicine for Sore Eyes &c[3] quem Tractatulum in vernaculam translatum, et hic Gedani impressum hic addidi, eundem Tibi non ingratum fore arbitratus. Hujus Medicamenti Praeparationem Pharmacopoliis nostris commendavi, ut etiam quid valeat, apud nos experimenta institui possint.

Procul dubio jam vidisti Jacobi Theodori KleiniiKlein, Jacob Theodor
(1685-1759). German. Naturalist,
Dresden and Danzig. Director of the
Danziger Naturforscher-Gesellschaft. One
of Linnaeusís opponents. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
Tractatum, cui Titulus: Summa dubiorum circa classes Quadrupedum et Amphibiorum in Caroli Linnaei Systemate Naturae,[4] ante annum hic impressum. Si ipsi responsionem paras, fac ut eadem quantocyus ad manus meas perveniat. Si vis ut fusius scribam, ad hasce meas prima data occasione respondeas.

Vale et me ama.

dabam Gedani 1745 d[ie] 30. Augusti.

upSUMMARY

Johann Philipp Breyne has not yet received an answer to his own letter dated 21 October 1739, which was an answer to Linnaeusís letter dated 12 September. Breyne asks himself if Linnaeus has received the letter or if it did not please him, as he had been silent for a long time. Meanwhile, Breyne has read Linnaeusís works, which he really appreciates. As he is ill and old and broken by the death of his son, Johann Heinrich Breyne in 1740, as well of his wife in the year after, he has completely put aside his correspondence. He has received some seeds from England from their mutual friend Peter Collinson some months ago, and has now made up his mind to take up his correspondence and he will enclose the seeds with this letter.

Breyne also sends the very famous Hans Sloaneís An account of a most efficacious medicine, recently edited. It has been translated into German and printed in Danzig. Breyne thinks it will please Linnaeus, and he has recommended it to the pharmacists.

Breyne assumes that Linnaeus has seen Jacob Theodor Kleinís Summa dubiorum circa classes quadrupedum et amphibiorum. If Linnaeus is going to respond to it, Breyne wants a copy as quickly as possible. Breyne asks Linnaeus to answer as soon as he has time if he wants Breyne to write more exhaustively.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, II, 159-160). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 328   p.328.

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Linnaeus to Johann Philipp Breyne, 12 September 1739 o.s., 23 September 1739 n.s.Letter L0302.
2.
Johann Philipp Breyne to Linnaeus, 23 December 1739 n.s.Letter L0311. Breyne writes the wrong date in the letter.
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