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Link: • Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus, 16 August 1746 n.s.
Dated Aug:5:1746. 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.
hopes the seeds have arrived, which he sent Linnaeus through Tobias BjörkBjörk, Tobias (1704-1778).
Swedish. Clergyman. Minister of the
Swedish Church in London in 1735. In
1752 dean of Norrbärke, Dalecarlia.
in the spring [Collinson must refer to the letter from him to Linnaeus, 12 April 1746Letter L0708.

Now, Collinson is sending Linnaeus a specimen of a new and rare plant, not yet described except by Leonard PlukenetPlukenet, Leonard (1642-1706).
British. Botanist and physician.
Botanist to Mary II (wife of William
III). Superintendent of Hampton Court.
[Collinson refers to Plukenet’s Almagestum botanicumPlukenet, Leonard Almagestum
botanicum, sive Phytographiae
Plukenetianae onomasticon methodo
synthetica digestum exhibens stirpium
exoticarum, rariorum, novarumque nomina,
quae descriptionis locum supplere
(London 1696).
]. Collinson had forgotten to gather the first flowers, four times as big as those enclosed in the letter. Its leaves are very alike those of Coss lettuce, so Collinson had thought it was a lettuce before its flowers appeared. Now, Linnaeus has leaves, flowers and seeds, so he can attribute it to a class.

If it is a new genus, Linnaeus should name it Bartramnia, for it was John BartramBartram, John (1701-1777).
American. Botanist living in
Pennsylvania and Delaware. Father of
John Bartram the Younger and William
Bartram. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
who found it growing behind the first ridge of mountains in Virginia. It is very beautiful, with violet petals.

If Linnaeus sows it at once, it will appear in two years. It is perennial and very hardy. Collinson will send Linnaeus a better specimen of the flowers next year.

Hans SloaneSloane, Hans (1660-1753).
British. Physician, naturalist and
collector. Secretary of the Royal
Society in 1693, president in 1727.
Sloane’s collections of natural history
objects were donated to the English
nation and were one of cornerstones of
the British Museum (1759). Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
is well.

Collinson wonders if Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
has returned from his travels.

P.S. Collinson adds that Leonurus Canadensis is flowering beautifully in his garden.


a. original holograph (LS, XVII, 11). [1] [2] [3]


1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 15-16   p.15  p.16.
2. “Forget not Mee & My Garden ...” (2002), p. 135-136 .