Everard Jacob van WachendorffWachendorff, Everard Jacob van
(1702-1758). Dutch. Physician and
botanist. Studied in Leiden and Utrecht.
Professor of medicine, chemistry and
botany at Utrecht. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. is sorry that he has not written to Linnaeus for a long time. Nor has he received anything from Linnaeus. Shortly after Wachendorff had received Linnaeusís latest letter [this letter has not come down to us, but must have been written in 1748] his wife [Johanna Margaretha van WachendorffWachendorff, Johanna Margaretha
(1698-1748). Dutch. Wife of Everard
Jacob van Wachendorff, born Snevens. ] died. After that he became seriously ill.
Wachendorff discusses his work: the definitions of genera is Linnaeusís but he has added some observations of his own. He gives a detailed description of the method he has used.
Wachendorff collects subterranean things which are necessary for his studies in chemistry. He wants Linnaeus to send him samples.
Wachendorff sends material from plants whose genera he wonders about: (A) a shoot of Jan CommelinísCommelin, Jan (1629-1692).
Dutch. Druggist, merchant and botanist.
Uncle of Caspar Commelin. Brasilian tree, Arbor brasiliana myrti-laureae foliis inodoris, described in Commelinís Horti medici Amstelodamensis [...] descriptioCommelin, Jan Horti medici
Amstelodamensis rariorum tam Orientalis
quam Occidentalis Indiae, aliarumque
peregrinarum plantarum, magno studio ac
labore, sumptibus civitatis
Amstelodamensis, longa annorum serie
collectarum, descriptio et icones ad
vivum aeri incisae. Auctore Joanne
Commelino [...] Opus posthumum,
Latinitate donatum, notisque &
observationibus illustratum, a Frederico
Ruyschio [...] & Francisco
Kiggelario, I-II (Amsterdam
1697-1701). , and in Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
Clifford (Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
that flowered in the Garden of Utrecht on 25 June 1751, (B) a shrub from the Garden of Amsterdam [Hortus Botanicus AmsterdamHortus Botanicus Amsterdam,
Dutch. Established in 1638. ] and (C) a shoot whose name he does not know.
P.S. Plant (D) is most certain a species of Lamium. He wonders whether it is a new species or possibly a variety.