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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 8 February 1756 n.s.
Dated 8 Febr: 1756. Sent from Middenmeer (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is grateful for the letter he has received from Linnaeus [this letter has not come down to us], but regrets that some of Linnaeusís remarks could not be inserted in the second fascicle of his 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.
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
, which is already in print.

Burman has now written the third fascicle, but it remains to give it the finishing touches and to make the plates. He sends some of them and asks for Linnaeusís opinion.

Burman hopes that people who favour his task will help him with the subscription so that this immense work can be finished. This can be accomplished all the better as he has Linnaeusís support.

Burman had hoped to hear Linnaeusís opinion of the dedication of the second fascicle, which he had sent in his last letter [27 December 1755Letter L1983].

Burman thinks Linnaeus is right about the Narcissus from the Cape of Good Hope. Burman has cut off the flowering stem for his herbarium, and if new flowers develop he will dry one for Linnaeus.

Aletris is a bulb from the Cape of Good Hope. Burman has given one to Johann Christian CunoCuno, Johann Christian
(1708-1790). German. Poet, botanist and
merchant. He made a fortune in the West
Indies and settled in Holland where he
kept a botanical garden. The later years
of his life were spent in Weingarten,
near Durlach in Germany. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
who made a picture of it, which Burman will have engraved on copper. He will send Linnaeus the picture when the plate is ready, and then he will see that this plant is quite different from Johan Frederik GronoviusísGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeusís benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

The Ornithogalum has flowered all the winter, and Burman sends one flower with the extreme part of the stem. Johann Philip BreyneBreyne, Johann Philip
(1680-1764). German/Polish. Zoologist
and physician in Danzig. Son of Jacob
Breyne. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has a similar description in the tenth fascicle of his Prodromi fasciculi rariorum plantarumBreyne, Johann Philip
Prodromi fasciculi rariorum plantarum
primus et secundus, quondam separatim,
nunc nova hac editione multum desiderata
coniunctim editi, notulisque illustrati.
Accedunt icones rariorum et exoticarum
plantarum aeri incisae, fasciculo olim
promisso destinatae: adiectis nominibus
et succinctis descriptionibus. Quibus
praemittuntur vita et effigies auctoris.
Cura et studio Johannis Philippi
(Danzig 1739).

Burman has recently examined the Arctotheca, which flowered the whole winter, and compared it with the Chrysanthemum in the Rariorum Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum delineatarum, iconibus ac descriptionibus illustratarum decasBurman, Johannes Rariorum
Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum
delineatarum, iconibus ac
descriptionibus illustratarum decas
. He thinks that it is the same plant, and he asks Linnaeus for his opinion.

Burman is grateful for the dissertation Somnus plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Somnus
, diss., resp. P. Bremer
(Uppsala [1755]).
. He read half of it yesterday with great delight, and he will read the rest tomorrow.

Burman is writing this in the suburban estate on a very clear day, and if it were in April when the lark is singing he could see his peaches flowering and the vine showing buds. Often when he is walking alone through his green places he can see the image of Linnaeus, and if he could as before have him present, this would be something very pleasing and desirable.


a. (LS, II, 375-376). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 72-74   p.72  p.73  p.74.