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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1992 • Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus, 20 December 1754 n.s.
Dated Decemr 20: 1754. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.

upSUMMARY

Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had lent his copy of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
to a celebrated botanist [presumably the Earl of Bute [John StuartStuart, John (1713-1792).
British. 3rd Earl of Bute. Scottish
nobleman who served as Prime Minister of
Great Britain (1762–1763) under George
III.
] and when he received it back, the borrower had made a critical comment:

The borrower has studied the work carefully, but he finds it the most careless of Linnaeus’s works. Linnaeus is so vain that he thinks he can dictate to the entire world. Synonyms are strangely confused, which shows Linnaeus’s want of knowledge, and the way he applies them in many instances to various plants is a proof of his lack of attention.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XVII, 42). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 36-37   p.36  p.37.
2. “Forget not Mee & My Garden ...” (2002), p. 178 .