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Link: • Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus, 12 April 1746 n.s.
Dated Aprill 1: 1746. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for his letter of December 31, 1745Letter L0663, and is glad that the seeds he sent were acceptable.

Collinson has prepared another set of seeds, containing seeds from Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], although Dillenius complains that he does not receive any seeds in exchange from Linnaeus.

Harmanns [Paul Hermann’sHermann, Paul (1646-1695).
German. Botanist, physician at Batavia,
professor of botany at Leiden.
], Paradisus BatavusHermann, Paul Paradisus
Batavus, continens plus centum plantas
affabrè aere incisas &
descriptionibus illustratas. Cui
accessit Catalogus plantarum, quas pro
tomis nondum editis, delineandas
curaverat P. Hermannus [ed. by W.
cost 8 shillings,:6 pence.

Georg Dionysius EhretEhret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is sending Linnaeus a coloured print of a new Cerus that flowered at Chelsea [see Linnaeus’s reply to that in Linnaeus to Ehret, 23 August 1747Letter L0822].

Isaac LawsonLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is expected back from Flanders. He had been taken prisoner by French forces but had been set free in an exchange.

Collinson reports that specimens of several American plants are offered for sale, but there are difficulties in getting them on board a ship and arranging for proper care of them during the voyage. Without proper care, they might not be good when you get them.

John MitchellMitchell, John (1711-1768).
British/American. Physician and
botanist. Born in Virginia. After
studies in medicine at the University of
Edinburgh he returned to Virginia as a
physician, but left America for London
in 1746. Famous for his map of eastern
North-America, known as the Mitchell
Map, first published in 1755.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
who lives in Virginia, has made descriptions of several species, but these are not yet published.

Collinson has a true Genseng in his garden, and it produces flowers and seeds.

Collinson will try to remember to talk to Dillenius about saving some seeds of St Timothy’s grass for Linnaeus.

Linnaeus’s letter for Dillenius was forwarded to him [this letter has not come down to us], and Collinson is sure Dillenius has sent Linnaeus an answer [presumably Dillenius to Linnaeus, 21 February 1746Letter L0688].

Collinson loves books in natural history and specimens of all natural objects. He asks Linnaeus about shells and fossils found in Sweden. The animals are the same in both countries, except reindeer, but he asks Linnaeus about fishes and insects peculiar to Sweden in general or to Lapland. He wants specimens of them and of minerals.

Collinson has got his first four flowers in plants from Virginia. They are Claytonia, Echium, a pretty Ranunculus with a yellow flower and a Fumaria bulbosa.

P.S. Collinson acknowledges that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
had sent him Systema naturae in an octavo edition [Collinson refers to Systema naturae, 4th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 4th edition (Paris, 1744).
Soulsby no. 48.
], which Collinson is very pleased with. He asks if Bäck has returned to Sweden.


a. original holograph (LS, XVII, 14-15). [1] [2] [3]


1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 14-15   p.14  p.15.
2. “Forget not Mee & My Garden ...” (2002), p. 131-132 .