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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0691 • Albrecht von Haller to Carl Linnaeus, 3 February 1746 n.s.
Dated III Febr. 1746. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Illustri viro D[omino] D[octori] Linnaeo S[alutem] P[lurimam]
A[lbertus] Haller.

Sero, sed accepi tamen Tuas 7 Januarii datas.[1] Semina notavi mirorque Te quae Lubecam misi non accepisse. Quae vero Tu priori anno promisisti semina et libellos exoptatissimos et plantulas siccas septentrionalium omnes mittere potes Collegae Tuo RosénioRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, qui Lubecam deferri curabit. Frater ejus Viri, ut nosti, nobiscum nunc vivit.[2]

De Alliis mallem sententiam Tuam nosse. Cepae certe duae vetant separari. Si plures species habuissem, opusculum dedissem utilius. Sed nemo dudum quidquam mihi misit cogorque meo succo vivere. Interim Tu me melius nosti, quanta prius[a][a] : MS1 <ante> prius fuerit specierum Allii confusio etiam apud optimos. Orchidum nunc historiam dare conabor oneratissimarum falsis speciebus. Si orchidem sabuletorum Seelandiae et[b][b] : MS1 <vel> et calceolum Laponicum mittere posses, gratissimam rem faceres. Icones etiam aliquot addam. Nova mea vero per RoseniumRosenblad, Eberhard
(1714-1796). Swedish. Born
Rosén, ennobled Rosenblad in
1770, brother of Nils Rosén von
Rosenstein. Professor of medicine at
Lund in 1744.
mittam et semina Amaranthi siculi, Chamelaeae, Borraginoidis, Verbesinae. Commelinae flavo flore forte plantam mittere praestiterit.

Omnia Tua erunt acceptissima bonis. Germaniae floram meditor loco novae editionis stirpium Helveticarum, cujus exemplaria pauca supersunt.[3] Utilissimae essent Burserianae, sed quomodo perlustrari poterunt?[4]

Societati certo mittam aliqua. Nunc obruor laboribus Anatomicis moram nullam patientibus.

Anandriam non puto me habere, nisi sit Jacobaea Cacaliae f[olio].[5] Sed ea nondum mihi floruit. Hac aestate excurram in arenosa Collensia[6] & Torfacea plantularum causa. Novos libros ad rem nostram nullos vidi nisi Phytobasani Col[onnae]Colonna, Fabio (1567-1650).
Italian. Botanist, painter and engraver.
splendidam novam editionem.[7]

Tu vero vale! Frequentius rescribe et me porro ama! Possemus cum utriusque utilitate de re herbaria commercium alere certe de Germanicis aut Sibiricis plantis earumque characteribus. Amethystinae novum genus dabo descriptio[nem].

Vale!

D[abam][c][c] : MS1 <et> D[abam] III[d][d] : MS1 <X> III Febr[uarii] 1746.

[address] A Monsieur / Monsieur Linnaeus Professeur / ordinaire et membre de divers / Academies / a Upsal

upSUMMARY

Albrecht von Haller has received Linnaeus’s letter of 7 January 1746 o.s., 15 January 1746 n.s. He would like to have Linnaeus’s opinion on Allium. The two Cepae cannot be separated. He will write a history of the Orchides, which abound with false species. Haller would like to have the Orchis of the sands of Zeeland and the Lapland Calceolus. Eberhard Rosenblad will forward seeds of Amaranthus siculus, Chamelaea, Boraginoides and Verbesina. A live plant of Commelina flavo flore will be sent. He may prepare a flora of Germany instead of a new edition of Enumeratio methodica stirpium Helvetiae indigenarum. Haller would like to examine Joachim Burser’s herbarium. He does not think that he has Anandria, unless it is Jacobaea Cacaliae folio. He has a new edition of Fabio Colonna’s Phytobasanos. Haller intends to give a description of the Amethystina, a new genus.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VI, 183). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 379-381   p.379  p.380  p.381.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 <ante> prius
b.
MS1 <vel> et
c.
MS1 <et> D[abam]
d.
MS1 <X> III

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Linnaeus to Albrecht von Haller, 7 January 1746 o.s., 15 January 1746 n.s..
2.
He is Eberhard Rosén, ennobled Rosenblad in 1770, the brother of Nils Rosén von RosensteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
. He visited Haller in 1745-1746.
3.
4.
Joachim Burser’sBurser, Joachim (1583-1639).
Danish. Professor of medicine and
botany, Sorö, 1625-1639.
herbarium consisting of 25 volumes was taken as war-booty in 1658 on Själland and was given to Uppsala University in 1666.
5.
In the beginning of the 1740’s Russian botanists had discovered a strange composite in Sibiria. This plant was said to be without stamens and was consequently named Anandria. Johann Georg SiegesbeckSiegesbeck, 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.
rejoiced. He thought that he finally had found a fundamental piece of evidence against Linnaeus’s sexual system, which stated that plants only could reproduce themselves through stamens and pistils. But Linnaeus was convinced that this simply could not be the case. On 9 August 1745 n.s. Johann Georg GmelinGmelin, Johann Georg
(1709-1755). German. Voyager, botanist
and chemist. At the initiative of
empress Anna of Russia he spent ten
years (1733-1743) exploring Siberia. In
1749 he became professor of botany and
chemistry at Tübingen. Together
with his nephew Samuel Gottlieb he wrote
Flora Sibirica (1747-1769).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
writes to Linnaeus that he impatiently looks forward to hear what Linnaeus will think of the Anandria Sigesbeckioides (see Gmelin to Linnaeus). When Sten Carl BielkeBielke, Sten Carl (1709-1753).
Swedish. Baron, government official,
patron of science, and naturalist. One
of the founders of the Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences. Private pupil of
Linnaeus. Close friend of Pehr Kalm,
whose voyage to America he supported
financially. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
visited St Petersburg Linnaeus constantly urged him to get hold of some seeds of Anandria. Eventually he succeeded and the seeds were immediately forwarded to Uppsala. In the beginning Linnaeus could not make them blossom, but when they finally did he was certain of his diagnosis. In Dissertatio botanica de AnandriaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
Botanica de Anandria
, diss., resp.
E. Z. Tursén (Uppsala 1745).
Soulsby no. 1434.
(1745) he settles his account with Siegesbeck. The plant definitely had stamens, though difficult to discover, and was found to belong to the genus of Tussilago (see Linnaeus to Albrecht von Haller, 23 August 1746 o.s., 4 September 1746 n.s.). See also Jönsson, “Odium botanicorum. The Polemics between Carl Linnaeus and Johann Georg Siegesbeck”Jönsson, A.-M. Odium
botanicorum
. The polemics between
Carl Linnaeus and Johann Georg
Siegesbeck”, Språkets
speglingar. Festskrift till Birger
Bergh
, ed. A. Jönsson & A.
Piltz (Lund 2000), 555-566.
.
6.
I.e, Colne, Essex, Great Britain.
7.
Colonna, Phytobasanos sive Plantarum aliquot historia .