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Link: • Johann Gottfried Zinn to Carl Linnaeus, 26 February 1756 n.s.
Dated d. 26. Febr. 1756.. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johann Gottfried ZinnZinn, Johann Gottfried
(1727-1759). German. Physician and
botanist, director of the botanical
garden of Göttingen (1753).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
hopes that Linnaeus will be pleased to receive his letter.

Ever since Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
left Göttingen and Zinn became the keeper of the Göttingen University Botanical Garden, he has wished to gain the friendship of famous botanists in order to be able to constantly enrich the Garden with rare plants through their generosity. He hopes that Linnaeus would accept him as his friend and would like to send him seeds. Zinn is especially interested in Salvia. He wonders whether Linnaeus has got species additional to those mentioned in Hortus UpsaliensisLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Upsaliensis, exhibens plantas exoticas,
Horto Upsaliensis academiae a sese
illatas, ab anno 1742, in annum 1748,
additis differentiis, synonymis,
habitationibus, hospitiis, rariorumque
descriptionibus, in gratiam studiose
, I (Stockholm 1748).
Soulsby no. 424
, which Zinn already has in the Botanical Garden of Göttingen. Zinn has chosen to follow Linnaeus in the genera of Euphorbia and Passiflora, Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in the Mesembryanthema and Haller in Allium. But Zinn has especially dealt with the genus Salvia. He has described its species, delineated its specific characters, distinguished it through true differences and written its systematic account [this account was, however, probably never realized, although he has an extensive description in his Catalogus Plantarum Horti Academici et agri GottingensisZinn, Johann Gottfried
Catalogus Plantarum Horti Academici
et agri Gottingensis. Conscriptus a
Johann Gottfried Zinn

(Göttingen 1757). Soulsby no.

Zinn sends Linnaeus seeds of plants that cannot be found in Linnaeus’s Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
. In the future he can help Linnaeus with more seeds.


a. original holograph (LS, XVI, 306-307). [1] [2] [3]