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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2042 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 6 April 1756 n.s.
Dated 6 Aprilis [...] MDCCLVI. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Nobilissimo ac Doctissimo Viro,
Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti,
S[alutem] D[icit]
Joannes Burmannus.

Praeterito mense fasciculum tradidi D[omino] Balguerio, in quo erant Exem- plaria quaedam Pl[antarum] Americ[anarum], uti & semina Indica, aliaque exotica, quod ex missis nuper Litteris jam intellexeris; nunc ipsi dedi Cistam repletam variis bulbis, inprimis Capensibus, inter quos plurimi sunt bulbuli ex satis praeteriti anni seminibus, qui in praedio meo laete germinant, putoque apud vos etiam lautam producturos esse messim prasertim, uti sine dubio optas, floriferam; addidi simul sex bulbos Hyacinti Indici Polyanthos tibi dicti, cujus flores fragrantissimum in cubili dant odorem.

Cum D[omino] Cliffortio ulterius egi de inpressione H[orti] Cliffortiani, quique omnino hanc permisit, suasque obtulit Tabulas, sed Bibliopola Schouten, postquam computationem sumtus secum perpenderat, recusavit in se suscipere libri inpressionem ob nimias inpensas, ita ut alium investigare necesse habeam, quem si invenerim, tibi annunciabo, measque simul tibi mittam Tabularum icones cum prototypis, quid ut feliciter succedat, omnes inpendam vires totoque voveo animo.

Totum jam accepi Oldenlandi Herbarium Capense, quod ultra viginti continet volumina, quibus perspectis obstupui sane, & quam maxime miratus fui prodigia gazasque illius Terrarum anguli. Utinam per aliquot dies nobis daretur simul eas investigare plantas, uti olim Zeylanicas summa cum animi delectatione ac tranquillitate examinavimus. Doleo tamen tuam ob caussam plurimarum plantarum unicum modo esse specimen, & quidem chartae firmiter adglutinatum; sunt tamen quaedam, quas inter alias meas olim collectas jam possideam in duplo, quas, si tempus id mihi permittat, pro te seponam, dataque occasione transmittam, idem de te tuisque, quae tibi sunt in duplo, submisse petens.

Nuper D[omino] Hallero, qui occupatus est in elaboranda Orchidum ipsisque adfinium Historia, misi fasciculum, qui continebat ultra triginta distinctas species illius generis nitidissime ad vivum delineatas cum magno etiam numero siccatarum Capensium Orchidum, quae in Oldenlandi Herbario etiam plures sunt, ita ut haec supellex magnum ipsius Operi decus & ornamentum, si rite, uti opinor, eas adhibeat, adlatura sit. Aliis enim doctis Viris strenuissimis & publico inservire cordati est hominis Officium, uti & tu prae omnibus palmam hac in re geris.

Quid tibi videtur de Aletri planta ac Narcissi Capensis, quem Allii esse speciem suspicaris, quarum specimina nuper tibi misi fasciculo inclusa? Priorem elegantissime delineavit amicus noster Cuno, cui ut respondeas, vehementer optat & desiderat; illa jam Tabulae aeneae inciditur, quae praeter reliquas elegans & admiratione digna evadet.

Tertius mox inprimetur Pl[antarum] Americ[anarum] Fasciculus, quamprimum modo animadversiones tuas acceperim in ultimas missas icones; omnia enim jam eum in finem sunt parata.

Caeterum valeas cum tota tua splendidissima familia, uti ego cum mea pancratice ac tranquille vivo, nemini invidens, mea contentus sorte ac delectabili studio. Iterum valeas, mihique faveas!

Dabam Amstelaed[ami] 6 Aprilis, qui dies est Natalis unicae meae Filiae.
MDCCLVI.

Nobilissimo & Clariss[imo] Viro
Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti
ac Professori Celeberrimo
Upsaliam.

upSUMMARY

The previous month Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has delivered to Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
a box with some copies of his 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).
and Indian and other exotic seeds. Now he has given him a box full of various bulbs, most of them from the seeds of last year.

The bookseller Salomon SchoutenSchouten, Salomon (1689?-1750).
Dutch. Bookseller and publisher,
Amsterdam. Linnaeusís publisher. Father
of Petrus Schouten.
has refused to print the new edition of the Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
Clifford
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
because of the costs. Now Burman has to find a new printer.

Burman has received all of Henric Bernhard OldenlandísOldenland, Henric Bernhard
(1663-1697). German. Botanist.
Travelled to South Africa with the Dutch
Cape Colony, where he participated in an
exploratory expedition and became land
surveyor and curator of the
Company´s Garden in Cape Town. His
uncompleted herbarium and catalogue of
the local flora was later used by, among
others, Johannes Burman.
herbarium from the cape of Good Hope, more than 20 volumes. Burman wishes that he and Linnaeus for a few days could have the opportunity to examine these plants together, as they did before with the Ceylonese plants. Unfortunately, there is only one specimen of each plant, but if Burman has some in his other collections he will send them to Linnaeus.

Burman has recently sent to 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.
, a box with more than 30 different species of orchis drawn from living materials and a large number of dried ones from the Cape of Good Hope.

Burman asks for Linnaeusís opinion about the Aletris and the Narcissus from the Cape of Good Hope. Linnaeus had thought that the latter could belong to the Allium species. Burmanís friend 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 is eager to have an answer from Linnaeus, drew the former plant. The illustration is now being engraved on copper.

The third fascicle of the Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus] will be printed as soon as Burman has received Linnaeusís remarks on the latest illustrations.

Burman is writing this on his daughterís [Johanna Elizabeth BurmanBurman, Johanna Elizabeth
(1732-1758). Dutch. Daughter of
Johannes Burman and Adriana Burman,
sister of Nicolaas Laurens Burman.
] birthday.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 381-382). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 78-79   p.78  p.79.