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Link: • John Bartram to Carl Linnaeus, 17 November 1753 n.s.
Dated Novemr 17th 1753. Sent from Philadelphia (USA) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


John BartramBartram, John (1701-1777).
American. Botanist living in
Pennsylvania and Delaware. Father of
John Bartram the Younger and William
Bartram. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has not heard anything from Linnaeus since he wrote to him in the spring. However, he uses an opportunity to send Linnaeus a small specimen of a plant that he considers very strange. A fairly detailed description of it and of Bartramís method to cultivate it follows.

Bartram asks about Pehr KalmísKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
descriptions of the plants that he had found in America. Kalm had promised to send a copy as soon as it was printed, but Bartram has not heard anything so far. Bartram is about to have a work on evergreens printed with the assistance of Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, and he will send Linnaeus a copy when it is ready.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 358-359). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Memorials of John Bartram (1849), p. 371-372 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 167-168   p.167  p.168.
3. The Correspondence of John Bartram (1992), p. 355 .