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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1931 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 12 July 1755 n.s.
Dated 12 julij 1755. Sent from Middenmeer (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

upSUMMARY

Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends 26 of Charles Plumier’sPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
works.
illustrations, which he wants Linnaeus to examine. Burman has had them engraved at his own expense. If they please Linnaeus and other botanists he would like to publish them by means of a subscription. He will edit fascicles, each containing 25 plates [Burman refers to his editing of the Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Plantarum
Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]
continens plantas, quas olim C.
Plumierius [...] detexit, eruitque,
atque in insulis Antillis ipse depinxit.
Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis
descriptionibus & observationibus,
aeneisque tabulis illustravit J.
Burmannus
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
].

Burman wants further information about Plumier’s triplex iter periculosissimum, mentioned by Linnaeus in his latest letter [this letter has not come down to us].

Burman sends some African and Ceylonese plants and seeds of Protea, which he recently received from the Cape of Good Hope.

Burman will send Het auctuariumBurman, Johannes Het
auctuarium, ofte vermeerdering, op het
Amboinsch kruyd-boek. [...]

(Amsterdam 1755).
as a gift as soon as it is finished [Burman refers to his commentary on Georg Eberhard Rumpf’s Herbarium AmboinenseRumpf, Georg Eberhard
Herbarium Amboinense, plurimas
conplectens arbores, fructices, herbas,
plantas terrestres & aquaticas, quae
in Amboina et adjacentibus reperiuntur
insulis [...] Omnia [...] Belgice
conscripsit G. E. Rumphius [...] Nunc
primum in lucem edidit, & in Latinum
sermonem vertit Joannes Burmannus [...]
qui varia adjecit synonyma, suasque
observationes
, I-VII (Amsterdam
1741-1755).
]. If there is a public Royal library in Sweden, Burman would like to offer his Thesaurus ZeylanicusBurman, Johannes Rariorum
Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum
delineatarum, iconibus ac
descriptionibus illustratarum decas
prima-[decima]
(Amsterdam
1738-1739).
and the decades of African plants [Burman refers to the Rariorum Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum delineatarum, iconibus ac descriptionibus illustratarum decasBurman, Johannes Rariorum
Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum
delineatarum, iconibus ac
descriptionibus illustratarum decas
prima-[decima]
(Amsterdam
1738-1739).
], if he dares to offer such a simple gift.

Burman thinks Patrick Browne’sBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
Jamaica
(1756). Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
The Civil and natural history of JamaicaBrowne, Patrick The Civil and
natural history of Jamaica: in three
parts: containing, I. An accurate
description of that island [...] with a
brief account of its former and present
state, government, revenues, produce,
and trade: II. A history of the natural
productions [...] native fossils [...]:
III: An account of the nature of
climates in general, and their
different effects upon the human
body
(London 1756).
is not yet ready, and because it contains plants from South Africa, without doubt some of Plumier’s plants will be there.

Burman wants Linnaeus to send him the plant causing the spasmodic disease [Raphania] Linnaeus mentions in his letter [this letter has not come down to us].

Burman congratulates Linnaeus on the gold medal he has received showing how to make the alpine Lapland fertile [Linnaeus’s work was entitled, “Tankar om nyttiga växters planterande på de lappska fjällen”Linnaeus, Carl “Tankar om
nyttiga växters planterande
på de lappska fjällen”,
KVAH 16 (1755), 76-77.
Soulsby no. 533.
].

Burman thinks he has in his garden the plants from the Cape of Good Hope that Linnaeus found very similar to Chrysantemum.

For three years Burman’s son, [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], has been studying medicine, and he has now started botanical studies. If he finishes them successfully, it will give his father great pleasure.

[2004-07-11]

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 367-368). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 64-66   p.64  p.65  p.66.