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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0684 • Johann Georg Gmelin to Carl Linnaeus, 11 March 1746 n.s.
Dated XXVIII Febr. MDCCXLVI. Sent from St Petersburg (Russia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Colendissimo,
D[omino] D[octori] Carolo LINNAEO,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
J[oannes] G[eorgius] Gmelin.

Paucula sunt, quae in prioribus meis litteris per festinationem memoria exciderunt. Flores veratri flore subviridi Tourn[efortii]Tournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
I[nstitutionum] R[ei] H[erbariae][1] vetustate purpurascere credo me olim legisse in notis Clusii [2] ad Petri BelloniiBelon, Pierre (1517-1564).
French. Zoologist and naturalist.
obs[ervationes] Lib. III, c. XLI.[3] Sed, an recte tunc temporis haec animo conceperim, caussam aliquam dubitandi habeo. Interim Historia Clus[ii] in bibliotheca nostra non habetur. Quare, rogo te, Vir humanissime, ut hunc locum evolvas & [a][a] : MS1 [added above the line] in meum usum[a][a] : MS1 [added above the line] exscribi cures & ad me data occasione mittas.

Vale & me, ut soles, ama!

Dabam Petropol[i] d[ie] XXVIII Febr[uarii] MDCCXLVI.

[address] A Monsieur / Monsieur Charles LINNAEUS / Professeur en histoire naturelle / à / Upsal.

upSUMMARY

Johann Georg Gmelin believes that he once read in Charles de Lecluse’s notes to Pierre Belon’s Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, III, XLI, that the flowers of Veratrum flore subviridi in Joseph Pitton de Tournefort’s Institutiones rei herbariae become purple when they are old. However, Gmelin is not sure that he has got this right. Since he has not got Lecluse’s work himself, he wants Linnaeus to look at the passage for him.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 38). [1] [2]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

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