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Link: • Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus, 29 July 1755 n.s.
Dated July 29: 1755. 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.
sends Linnaeus a specimen of a plant collected in his garden. Two eminent botanists are of different opinions as to its proper name.

Johann Albert SchlosserSchlosser, Johann Albert
(?-1769). Dutch. Doctor of medicine,
naturalist, collector of natural history
objects. After his death a number of the
specimens in his collections were
described by Pieter Boddaert.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thinks it is a Patagonula, but not the same as the one published in Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Hortus ElthamensisDillenius, Johann Jacob
Hortus Elthamensis (London 1732).

Peder AscaniusAscanius, Peder (1723-1803).
Danish. Naturalist. Inspector of mines,
Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
calls it a species of Lithospermum.

Collinson leaves it to Linnaeus to judge what its name shall be and to what class it belongs.

Collinson asks Linnaeus to do this as soon as possible and to give them his verdict.

On a loose scrap of paper, enclosed in the letter, Collinson continues:

The Patagonula flowered in Collinsonís garden both this and the previous years.

Collinson has had two specimens of Saracena this year. He keeps them in an artificial bog and moss, and their roots do not go down into the soil.

The Acacia with red flowers, as Mark CatesbyCatesby, 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.
has it, flowered in Collinsonís garden this year for the first time. It comes from South Carolina, and is a very beautiful tree. Georg Dionysius EhretEhret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will paint it and publish the picture together with pictures of many other new and rare plants that have flowered in English gardens [Ehret meant presumably his water-coloured illustrations for Christopher Jacob TrewísTrew, Christopher Jacob
(1695-1769). German. Botanist,
physician and counsellor of the margrave
of Ansbach.
, Plantae selectaeTrew, Christopher Jacob
Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad
exemplaria naturalia Londini, in hortis
curiosorum nutrita, manu artificiosa
doctaque pinxit Georgius Dionysius Ehret
[.. ]
(S.l. [1750-1773]).
], among them Collinsonís own.


a. original holograph (LS, XVII, 49-52). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 37-38   p.37  p.38.