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Link: • Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus, 27 April 1747 n.s.
Dated . Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


As Dellenius [Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] had died before Linnaeus’s letter arrived [this letter has not come down to us], the letter was given to 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 has written an answer [Mitchell to Linnaeus, 26 April 1747Letter L0799]. This answer is attached to this letter.

Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
does not think it is worth sending Linnaeus more seeds if Linnaeus cannot find a safer way of conveyance.

Collinson is sure Linnaeus has heard that Isaac LawsonLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is dead.

Mark Catesby’sCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work [Collinson refers to The Natural history of CarolinaCatesby, Mark The Natural
history of Carolina, Florida and the
Bahama Islands: containing the figures
of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents,
insects and plants: particularly the
forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants,
not hitherto described, or very
incorrectly figured by authors. Together
with their descriptions in English and
French. To which are added observations
on the air, soil, and wate: with remarks
upon agriculture, grain, pulse, roots,
&c. To the whole is prefixed a new
and correct map of the countries treated
, I-II (London 1731-1743).
] is finished.

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, and Collinson had tea with him a few days earlier. They often talk about Linnaeus.

George EdwardsEdwards, George (1693-1773).
British. Ornithologist and artist.
Visited the Netherlands, France and
Scandinavia. Best known for his
History of birds (1747-1751).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has published a quarto volume with rare and not yet described birds and animals A natural history of birdsEdwards, George A natural
history of birds : Most of which have
not been figur'd or describ'd, and
others very little known from obscure or
too brief Descriptions without Figures,
or from Figures very ill design'd.
Containing the figures of sixty birds
and two quadrupedes, engrav'd on
fifty-two copper plates, after curious
Original Drawings from Life, and exactly
colour'd. With full and accurate
(London, [1743]). [Also
issued as part of: 'A natural history of
uncommon birds', London, [1751]].
, all in colour. It costs 4 pounds, 4 shillings.

Dr Martin [John MartynMartyn, John (1699-1768).
British. Physician, professor of botany
at Cambridge.
] and Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
are well. Miller’s dictionary has appeared in several editions [Collinson refers to the first edition of The Gardener’s Dictionary Miller, Philip The Gardener's
Dictionary containing the Methods of
Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen
Fruit and Flower Garden
, published in eight editions with several additions and abridgements in Miller’s lifetime; the third edition was published in 1748, The Gardeners DictionaryMiller, Philip The Gardeners
Dictionary : Containing the methods of
cultivating and improving the kitchen,
fruit, and flower-garden, as also the
physic-garden, wilderness, conservatory,
and vineyard. In which likewise are
included the practical parts of
husbandry; and the method of making and
preserving wines, according to the
practice of foreign vignerons. Abridged
from the two volumes in folio, by the
author, Philip Miller, F.R.S. gardener
to the Worshipful Company of
Apothecaries, at their botanic garden,
in Chelsea. In three volumes

Collinson would be glad to see the travel report Linnaeus mentions [probably Öländska och gothländska resaLinnaeus, Carl
Öländska och
Gothländska Resa på Riksens
högloflige ständers befallning
förrättad åhr 1741. Med
anmärkningar uti oeconomien,
natural-historien, antiquiteter &c
med åtskillige figurer

(Stockholm & Uppsala 1745). Soulsby
no. 202.
]. He is sure they would be translated into English, for the Englishmen are fond of natural history and such books sell very well.

Humphrey SibthorpSibthorp, Humphrey (1713-1797).
British. Succeeded Johann Jacob
Dillenius as Sherardian professor of
botany at Oxford. Father of John
Sibthorp. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has been chosen as Dillenius’s successor in Oxford.

Collinson wants Linnaeus to forward his thanks to Dr Beck [Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
] for the many books and seeds that Bäck has sent him.


a. original holograph (LS, XVII, 20v). [2]


1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 18-19   p.18  p.19.
2. “Forget not Mee & My Garden ...” (2002), p. 138-139 .