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Link: • Patrick Browne to Carl Linnaeus, 11 March 1756 n.s.
Dated 11 Mart. 1756. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Patrick BrowneBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
(1756). Correspondent of
thanks Linnaeus for his letter of 23 December 1755 [this letter has not come down to us], which he received some time ago. However, Browne had been so busy finishing his book on Jamaica [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
(London 1756).
] that he had not had time to answer. Now, the book has appeared, and Browne has tried to send a copy to Linnaeus through the bookseller, but it has proved impossible. Browne asks Linnaeus for instructions, since he wants to send three copies, one for Linnaeus, another for the King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], and a third for the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
]. Browne repeats his wish to acquire a copy of Linnaeus’s catalogue of the King’s museum [Browne means the Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis SuecorumLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus

Browne gives some information on Nux myristica in reply to questions from Linnaeus

Browne also gives some information on Beureria, Ehretia and others, in reply to questions from Linnaeus. John Ellis’Ellis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work on the corals An essay towards a natural history of the corallinesEllis, John An essay towards
a natural history of the corallines, and
other marine productions of the like
kind, commonly found on the coasts of
Great Britain and Ireland. To which is
added the description of a large marine
polype taken near the North Pole, by the
Whale-fishers, in the summer 1753

(London 1755).
appeared last year, and now there are plates to it, promised by Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
. They are not very accurate. Georg Dionysius EhretEhret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who has had Ehretia named after him by Christopher Jacob TrewTrew, Christopher Jacob
(1695-1769). German. Botanist,
physician and counsellor of the margrave
of Ansbach.
, has published a number of nice and accurate plates.

Botanical details on Volkameria and Hymenaea conclude the letter.


a. (LS, II, 192-193). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 341-342   p.341  p.342.